Re: Spitting up entire feeding :(
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Since your baby is gaining weight normally, and isn't too upset by these huge spit-up events, then this can be filed under "annoyance" rather than " health problem". It's not happening because you're doing something wrong. Spit-up is a normal part of infancy because the muscle sphincters that keep stomach contents down in the tummy are, like all of your baby's other muscles, weak. But, just like your baby's legs will eventually strengthen enough to support him in a stand and his arms will strengthen so that he can push himself up into a sitting position, eventually those gastroesophageal sphincters will be strong enough to hold his meals down where they belong.
You're already doing a lot of the right things- keeping baby upright after feeding, working on burping, not putting pressure on his tummy. A few more things to try:
- Reclined feedings, particularly when the breast is feeling full. Reclining enlists the aid of gravity to slow milk flow to the baby, which can result in a slower feeding, less air intake, and perhaps less over-all milk intake since the baby isn't getting flooded by a fast flow.
- Burp baby in between breasts as well as after the feeding is over.
- Don't be afraid to offer an "empty" breast after the baby has one of these vomiting events. The breast is never truly empty, and the baby will be able to get milk from you if you give him the opportunity. And any milk he extracts will help neutralize any stomach acid that came up with the giant spit-up.
- If you're not reassured, try getting one of these events on video, and show that video to the pediatrician. He/she can reassure you as to whether or not this is normal.
Are you pumping at all? And how would you say your supply is, over all?
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