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April 16th, 2008, 09:45 AM
Spacey Stacy's Avatar Platinum Supermommy
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Hi my name is Stacy and I have been breastfeeding my son Hayden for 4 months. My question is I think Hayden is eating to much in one sitting, after he eats he will spit up for almost an hour then it will totally stop. When he gets a bottle of breast milk he drinks about 3 1/2 oz and is satisfied for about 3 to 4 hours and rarely spits up, how can I control his over eating at the breast with out taking him off to early??


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April 16th, 2008, 10:05 AM
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What youre describing is pretty normal. Theyll learn to better control it on their own but for now, take him off every few minutes to burp him (10 mins or so). Also - do you have an overactive letdown (a heavy spray) while nursing? This can contribute as well. A foremilk/hindmilk imbalance could be an issue as well. Do you have yellow seedy poopys or green poops? Any frothy/shaving cream consistency? (Green or frothy are both signs of formilk hindmilk imbalance).

Another thing you can try is block feeding - feed him off the same side for 2 feedings before switching sides. This will ensure he gets more of the hindmilk, and it may help it stay down a little better. Otherwise, also try to feed in a more upright position, and keep him upright afterwards. As long as hes getting enough wet diapers though (5 -6 wet/poopy total), and thriving, then its more of a laundry problem than a medical problem & no need for real concern


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April 16th, 2008, 11:26 AM
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My DD was doing the same thing and it has really helped to do what LaLa said and take her off every few minutes to burp. Even if she doesn't burp it slows her down and I think helps her stomach realize she is more full that she previously thought.

At the same time my 3 year old had spit up issues until a year of age and her doctor said it was completely normal for some kids. It was HORRIBLE.... she was never dry she spit up SO much of the time.

Good luck on getting him to stop!!!
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