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    Default milk squirting out the nose???

    Hi, everyone. I'm new here. My baby will be 4 weeks tomorrow, and since she was 6 or 7 days old, she's been squirting some milk out her nose after we nurse about 70% of the time. Has anyone else's baby done this??? I have an ENT appointment on December 5th (Yah, they coudlnt' get her in sooner!), and I'm just curious if anyone else has heard of this with a breastfed baby. She wasn't premature or anything like that and is completely strong otherwise.

    Thanks in advance.

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    Default Re: milk squirting out the nose???

    I'm new here too, but I've been exclusively breastfeeding my son for nearly 7 months. Is the milk coming out with some force, or just oozing out? I don't have any advice if it's just oozing, but we dealt with explosive spit ups and milk shooting out of Lorenzo's nose beginning at about 9 weeks of age. In has case the culprit is Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD). There are several other things, including Pyloric Stenosis and excessive gas, which can cause high velocity projections of milk. I'm glad you've got an appointment with and ENT, but don't be surprised if you then get referred to a GI specialist. Let me know if you're interested in any more info on GERD -- I've done loads of research and have some good resources. Best of luck!

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    Default Re: milk squirting out the nose???

    My son who is 6 weeks old has a tendancy to drip milk out his nose too.... he is quite the little piggy - and doesn't like to spit up... he always tries to swallow what ever comes up. sometimes when too much comes up, it comes out the nose. His doctor is not concrened..
    Good luck

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    Oh, bridgit!!!!! That gives me hope that she is really just trying to swallow each little drip! I know with GERD that it is common for milk to come through the nose, but I just don't think she has that. The piggy issues makes more sense in this case.

    Anyone else have a little piggy who has gushing issues?

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    my 8wo boy did that early on. he did it a few days ago and has had sniffles ever since. nurse on the help line at pedes office said milk inflammed his nose but i wonder if its a cold? reflux is exhausting--good luck

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    hey, guys!!! this is it!!!!!! exactly! even down to the watery green poop!
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    Thanks for all the kind thoughts!

    I think I have found the problem 100%!!!! Overactive letdown and oversupply in general!

    Here is some info:

    A common problem that breastfeeding mothers encounter is oversupply. This frequently occurs when a mother pumps excessively in an attempt to establish a good milk supply (We did this in the hospital like mad to get my milk to come in bc of the STUPID nurses!) or to be able to pump enough to store in the freezer. Oversupply is not a serious problem and can be easily corrected without medical intervention.

    What is oversupply?

    Oversupply is just what it sounds like: the body produces more milk than the baby needs. This is often called a forceful letdown or a foremilk/hindmilk imbalance, but it is rare to have a true imbalance. What happens with oversupply is that baby will take in too much foremilk and not enough hindmilk. (These terms will be explained in the next section.)

    Symptoms of oversupply are more apparent in the baby than in the mother, and may include:

    -- Coughing, gagging, or choking while nursing, especially right after letdown. check

    -- Greenish, watery stools. This can also sometimes be caused by a sensitivity to something in the mother's diet. check. started right after my milk came in and she started getting the choking and all!
    -- Excessive gas. check

    -- Frequent spitting up during or after nursing. All babies spit up from time to time, and it's usually normal and not a cause for concern. But if your baby seems to be spitting up because he is too full after nursing, you may have an oversupply issue. check/through the nose

    -- Clamping down on the nipple during nursing to stop the flow of milk. check

    Also, another article said that hand positioning is a key to the problem. If the hands are stroking the breast, that means that the milk is coming too slowly (She hasn't done that since the first week, before these problems began.). If the hands are clawing the face (which she does allll the time now, almost), the milk is flowing way too fast. She's done this since the milk started coming out her nose.

    I also hear her chugging, trying to keep up, and then she'll have to unlatch to catch her breath.

    -- Periodically refusing to nurse, and a general dislike of comfort nursing.

    Fully drain one breast before switching to the other

    Breastmilk is not uniform. It changes during the course of a feeding. The first milk that baby will receive is called foremilk. Foremilk is more watery and contains less fat and nutrients. Toward the end of a feeding, the baby will receive hindmilk, which is thicker, fattier, and full of nutrition. If the breast is not fully drained before switching to the other side, the baby will not get that yummy hindmilk that she needs, which can cause digestive problems. Some mothers are told to limit the time that baby spends on the first breast, but this can cause oversupply problems. Ignore the clock, and let baby drain that first breast before offering the second.

    Block feeding
    Block feeding is a very effective method of correcting oversupply. This is done by nursing only on one side for a few hours, then switching to the other side for the next few hours. Don't worry about your baby getting enough to eat - a lactating breast is never truly "empty," and your baby will continue to get milk as long as he is suckling.

    Pump off some foremilk before feeding baby

    In extreme cases of oversupply, it may be beneficial to pump or hand express some of the foremilk before nursing baby. This will allow baby to get to the rich, fatty hindmilk more quickly. If you use this method, be sure to only express a small amount of milk. Overpumping can make oversupply problems worse.

    For more information on oversupply, please see a lactation consultant, or refer to the links at the end of this article.

    http://www.associatedcontent.com/art...versupply.html

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    Default Re: milk squirting out the nose???

    we've been block feeding since 7:00 this morning, and no milk through the nose!!!! Her poop has also gone back to a mustard color with little seedy things in it! THere is hope!

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