Re: Lots of spit up and gas, is that normal?
As long as he's not in pain when spitting up or passing gas, it's totally normal. Babies have very immature digestive systems (leading to lots of gas), and the muscles that keep their stomach contents down are still relatively weak.
Spitting up is not related to your diet or to overfeeding. You can't overfeed a breastfed baby, because as soon as the baby starts feeling full, he stops sucking for food and either comes off the breast or begins to suck softly for comfort. When this happens, milk flow stops or slows to a trickle. This is not how it works with a bottle. When a baby sucks on a bottle, the fluid keeps drip-drip-dripping into the baby's mouth at the same rapid pace even after he's done sucking for food.
While gas is generally just a product of an immature digestive system, it can be related to your diet, but only when the baby has an allergy or intolerance to something you're eating. In those cases, it's unlikely to be things that cause gas in adults that make the baby gassy (things like beans, broccoli, cabbage, etc.). It's more likely to be dairy in your diet.
You should absolutely continue to feed on demand. Scheduling is highly detrimental to breastfeeding. Here's why:
- Every mom has a different milk storage capacity. Some moms can store huge amounts of milk in their breasts, others don't.
- Infant tummies are tiny, and breastmilk digests quickly (in about 90 minutes). The idea that babies can be scheduled comes from the eating patterns of formula-fed infants, who tend to eat larger amounts less frequently (because formula digests slow and because it's easier to overstuff a baby when using a bottle).
- When it comes to milk supply, supply = demand. So a baby who is not given enough chances to demand may not be able to maintain an adequate milk supply.
- Unless you're using a highly accurate baby scale, you don't know how much your baby ate while nursing. He could have had a quick snack- meaning he'll be hungry again soon- or he could have had a full meal. Mistake a snack for a meal, and then try to make the baby wait, and he'll have been hungry for a long time before he's allowed to eat again.
- Schedules = misery. Scheduling generally means making your baby cry, and cry, and cry and cry and cry. Babies don't understand waiting for food any more than they understand waiting for comfort or affection. So a schedule often means making your baby sad for a long time, while he tries desperately to figure out why he's giving you all the cues you need to help him but you won't respond.
In short, keep on doing what you're doing!
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