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March 10th, 2011, 07:04 PM
jillylicious's Avatar mom always liked you best
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I have to get some input, girls!

My daughter is 4wks old and has been FF'd since birth b/c I had a breast reduction & can't BF.

She started out on Similac, but we decided to give the Costco brand a try - we checked all the manufacturers and ingredients and minerals/vitamins, etc., and thought it was worth a shot.

Girlfriend likes to EAT. She's up to about 4oz at a feed, and in the daytime eats every 3hrs. At night she's taking 4oz every 3-4 hrs. She is a pretty good natured babe, no signs of reflux (no arched back, no screaming in pain, she settles nicely with a snuggle or in her swing, etc.) but she is spitting up after every single feed.

When she's hungry, she is HUNGRY. And lets us know. She tends to be a guzzle guts so we stop her about halfway through her bottle to burp her and slow her down a bit. She is still spitting up, and we are having at least 2 wardrobe changes a day because she's all wet from her barfs.

I checked the symptoms of reflux and I'm sure that's not the case. Does it seem like her spitting up is normal? My first was BF'd so I'm not 100% sure this is standard for a bottle fed baby. BTW, we're using Playtex Drop Ins with slow flow nipples for now.

Any thoughts?
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March 11th, 2011, 06:26 AM
kimmiejo's Avatar Platinum Supermommy
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First off congrats on your new baby!! I would say if she is happy, gaining weight, wetting diapers and all that then she is probably just fine. My pedi always told me some kids are "happy spitters" and that it is fine. My first was a very "unhappy spitter"! major reflux and she did a whole lot of crying! a WHOLE lot! so that is my experience with reflux. My ds has maybe spit up 5 times in his whole life and just a dribble here and there, he just wasn't a puker so that is the only reference I have. Maybe try a different bottle or formula to see if it makes a difference? but honestly if she seems happy and content and is gaining weight I don't think I would worry too much. Just a pain to change all those outfits!!

oh and I LOVE the name Ruby! how adorable!!
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March 12th, 2011, 11:09 AM
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It sounds like it's normal to me. My DD has never been much of a spitter. But my cousin's baby was a major puker, sounded similar to how you described Ruby's spitting up and she didn't have reflux or anything and she eventually grew out of it by 9 or 10 months. I don't have any experience with drop in bottles, but I'm sure slow flow nipples are a good idea. I things get better. She is beautiful and I love her name too!
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March 13th, 2011, 12:17 AM
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sounds normal to me.. some kids are just spitters... Both of my girls have had reflux, and I think you just *know* when they go from 'normal spitting up' to 'excessive spitting up'

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March 19th, 2011, 12:24 AM
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i think you are ok as long as the spitting up is isolated to once right after eating. You can tell somethings wrong when they puke an hour or so after eating, or continue to spit up several times continually after eating. It she seems happy, she's probably fine.

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March 19th, 2011, 02:49 PM
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I agree with the other ladies...and also, the spitting up might increase, it usually peaks around 4 months and then starts to taper off.
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