Re: need help.. newborn-9 days old.. i'm feeling helpless
Mama, please don't panic!
If the "vomiting" you describe is only occasional, the baby doesn't seem to be in pain when spitting, and baby is gaining weight at a normal pace and is producing the right amounts of wet and poopy diapers, then it's probably normal spit-up. Babies don't spit up because they are sick: they do it because the muscle sphincters that hold their stomach contents down where they belong are still newborn-weak. Spit-up is usually a laundry problem, not a health problem, and it will go away in time as baby's muscle tone improves. Also, spit-up amounts often look larger than they are. If you take a couple of oz of cow's milk and dump it out on the counter, it will look like a lot more than it actually is. It's the same with spit-up.
If, however, the vomiting is generally projectile and baby is failing to gain weight, make appropriate diaper output, or is becoming dehydrated, then call your doctor. I really don't want to scare you, but vomiting that is literally projectile- not just forceful but projectile, flying across the room- can indicate a condition called pyloric stenosis. I wouldn't even mention it except that you said "projectile".
Frequent feeding is normal, and fussy periods in the evening are very normal. The best thing you can do is to just nurse, nurse, nurse, and then nurse some more. The crankiness is very frustrating and upsetting, but it's just par for the course with a lot of babies.
I am with the PP that you don't want to be pumping right now. It's a great way to end up with oversupply or to worsen oversupply if it's already a problem for you. If your baby's poops are generally yellow and somewhere between the texture of watery yogurt or watery cottage cheese, then she's getting plenty to eat and you don't need to worry.
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