Hey, all I am new to this forum and a new mommy to a little boy born on 6.11.13 Just celebrated his 4 week birthday!
I have been exclusively breastfeeding for the past month and I had some questions regarding spitting up, and I wanted to come to a knowledgeable place on the web about BF that could offer me some encouragement and support.
Every couple of days LO has a massive vomiting-- about 20 min-2 hours after a feeding. He empties the entire contents of his belly. I know they say "it looks like more than it really is" but truly, he spits up EVERYTHING he ate. It gushes out of him like a waterfall.
He doesn't seem bothered by it and he doesn't cry right away either. He is very peaceful (that's actually how I know it's coming because he is so quiet). I've found that if he lies on his back that is what triggers it and it usually comes after he ate a very full breast. I try to keep him upright, I burp him, and I don't put pressure on his belly, but sometimes that's not enough. Yesterday he did it again and that was after a 2 hour nap he spit up everything!
He is gaining weight (was 9 lbs 9 oz at birth, dropped to 9 lbs and now he is 11.5) and a happy baby, but after these spit up episodes, he is HUNGRY and my boobs are so empty because they were drained! He cries a lot and is hard to soothe because I think he wants more and I have nothing to give him.
It's so stressful for me not only to see him upset, but to see all that milk everywhere
What can I do to minimize this? I know that spitting up is normal, but it seems like I'm doing something wrong to have these massive vomiting episodes. Should I take more breaks when he eats? Burping techniques? Any advice appreciated...