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    Default Baby wants to eat after spitting up

    Is it OK for a 3-wk-old to nurse again right after spitting up? He has a very strong suck, takes in a lot of milk, does not burp easily, spits up a mouthful after most feedings.. then wants to eat again.

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    Default Re: Baby wants to eat after spitting up

    it might be a comfortthing, its perfectly normal. hell, during my pregnancy after i threw up from eating soemthing gross i'd feel hungry. its OK rto let him nurse again
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    Default Re: Baby wants to eat after spitting up

    Totally fine Have you tried pausing the feeding midway through and trying to burp him then? I had a difficult burper, and I often found the only way she'd get the bubble up was if I sort of propped her up into a sitting position, leaning forward on my hand, then patted her.
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    Default Re: Baby wants to eat after spitting up

    If I stopped midway to burp him, he'd fall asleep (and want to eat again 30 minutes later). I have inverted/flat/bifurcated/otherwise uncooperative nipples and feeding is going more or less OK, but I need to let the nipples rest in between feedings.

    Even when he does burp, he usually spits out a mouthful after that. As long as he doesn't seem to be in pain, I guess this is OK? Someone told me that the milk 'matures' @ 3-4 weeks.. something about the hindmilk/foremilk ratio changing.. is that true?

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    Default Re: Baby wants to eat after spitting up

    Even when he does burp, he usually spits out a mouthful after that. As long as he doesn't seem to be in pain, I guess this is OK?
    Yup, as long as spitting up is not accompanied by pain, it's a laundry issue and not a health issue.

    Someone told me that the milk 'matures' @ 3-4 weeks.. something about the hindmilk/foremilk ratio changing.. is that true?
    I don't think it's as simple as described. By 3-4 weeks, many- but not all!- moms have experienced an evening out of supply, so that supply matches demand very exactly, without a lot of extra being produced. When that happens, most women will notice less watery "foremilk" when they express. Another thing that happens by 2-3 weeks is that the milk changes color as colostrum production shuts down. The first milk you produce is usually tinged yellow by colostrum. As time goes on, it may take on a bluish or whitish tinge.
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    Default Re: Baby wants to eat after spitting up

    Don't confuse spit up with vomiting. Babes spit up due to gas (mostly) and don't feel nauseous afterwords, like you do with vomiting. Now that the gas is out (and the bit of spit up) there's room for more! So feel free and continue to nurse.

    What you can try is to nurse on one side and then burp. It's important that you do, to limit the spit up and gas pains later. If you find he's falling asleep, change his diaper. This is what I did and it really helped them to perk up enough for round 2 of nursing on the other side.
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    Default Re: Baby wants to eat after spitting up

    My baby has a really strong need to suck also. I frequently put him back on the breast if it seemed like he needed to nurse again after spitting up, especially at 3 weeks. But a few weeks later we introduced a pacifier and I would sometimes offer that AFTER nursing. He didn't take to it as well as I had hoped but it's an option to give your nipples a rest in between feedings, especially for babies with that strong need to suck. I would wait a few more weeks though to make sure nursing is going very well. Some say not until the 6 week growth spurt has passed.
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