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March 4th, 2011, 09:24 AM
provosto's Avatar Mommy to Arden!
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How often is considered normal for spitting up and puking? I've been breastfeeding for almost 4 weeks now and the first week she was perfect, the second week was good halfway through and then she vomited up an entire meal for the first time. Since then she spits up quite a bit more (a few times a day) and has thrown up entire meals or a lot of milk a few more times (breaks my heart to see that milk go to waste!). I don't know what's considered normal or when I should see if it's an issue she's having with my diet or possible reflux issues, etc? She doesn't seem overly hungry any time so sometimes I wonder if she's just overeating/comfort nursing or if there's actually a problem. Thank you!
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March 4th, 2011, 10:04 AM
mgm78's Avatar Zoe's mom Meredith
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I was told, when DD was born, to take a spoonful of something and see how much it looks like when spilled, as the amount of spitup is generally not as much as we think it is. Are there any other symptoms? many babies are happy spitters and DD was for many many months, spitting up many times a day here and there. As far as the overeating, DD would do this on a rare occassion with extended comfort nursing after a full feeding. Could you have an oversupply or overactive letdown?

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March 4th, 2011, 04:22 PM
QueenCrafty's Avatar Courtney
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If she's not projectile vomiting and screaming while doing it, I would say that she doesn't have reflux. Reflux meds don't reduce the amount of spit up, just the pain associated with it. Is it at every nursing session or just after comfort nursing? It will probably go away on its own around 6 months or so.

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