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Spit up

So how much spit up is normal? Annabelle seriously never spit up until she was 4 months. Miss Gillian on the other hand usually spits up at least once after almost every nursing session, and will anytime she's laid flat on her back, even if it's an hour plus since she nursed.

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Sounds like DD. Abby had to take some meds for reflux. Kessler just spits up every now and then. The main thing is if it is projectile. I'd chat with your pediatrician if you're concerned. I felt horrible b/c I waited and waited thinking it was normal and then when I mentioned it at her 4 month appointment that it was still pretty bad and described it to the dr. he put her on meds.

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It's definetly not projectile, and it's not keeping her from gaining weight. I'll bring it up with her dr at her 6 week appt, but I'm not expecting him to really do anything ... most of the time of love his minimum intervention, but there are times its frustrating.

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Sophia spits up a lot too and I mentioned it to her pediatrician. She said that as long as she not vomiting and just spitting up then its fine. She said to make sure she burps after feeding her and keep her upright for at least 15 minutes before laying her down. She still spits up, but not after every feeding like she was doing.

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so whats the difference b/t spit up and vomit? owen spits up a LOT sometimes. i'm not sure if i'd describe it as projectile tho?? i haven't worried too much since he's mostly a happy spitter, even when its a lot.

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Vomit is usually projectile, like they make it across a decent amount of space with it.

The baby spits up a fair bit, but nothing like my 1st. My 1st spit up a LOT, ALL the time, for months. It wasn't reflux though, we figured out that my letdown was too fast and he was taking in too much milk and too much air at a time.

With the baby, he chokes on my letdown sometimes, so I know it is still very forceful. I make sure to burp him often, which is hard when you are trying to get them back to sleep! And I try to stop the session when I feel like he is now just comfort nursing.

Sometimes he will fill himself so full that there just is no where for it to go but back out. It will kind of just spill out of his mouth.

A few times he has projectile vomited, but he was also gagging a little at the same time as he has a runny nose.

Typically if they aren't losing weight, or having trouble gaining, and aren't overall miserable all the time, especially after feedings, then it isn't reflux.

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"Majka" wrote:

With the baby, he chokes on my letdown sometimes, so I know it is still very forceful. I make sure to burp him often, which is hard when you are trying to get them back to sleep! And I try to stop the session when I feel like he is now just comfort nursing.

Sometimes he will fill himself so full that there just is no where for it to go but back out. It will kind of just spill out of his mouth.

This is us pretty much to a T. I talked with my pharmacist today, and he recommended trying gas drops. Only tried for one feed so far, and amazing difference ... she only oozed out a couple drops (most likely from drinking too much), and after easily burping, actually napped for 3 hours in her bouncer ... I got so much done and feel super accomplished, besides being super happy that she slept so well.

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Yeah we have tried gas drops and it hasn't helped us. It didn't help with my first either. Dunno why! lol

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Caleb has been a pretty good spitter so far too. But like Sara I have a crazy hard letdown so he chokes sometimes. He over eats because my milk just keeps shooting out at him and then he spits up whatever overflow went into the tank :). All my babies have been this way, it usually gets better once they can handle all the milk.