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#1 misse10

Posted 18 May 2012 - 03:31 AM

My first bub is just a week old and feeding really well (but slowly!) however he just spit up a huge amount of milk after burping when i was changing sides. Previously it had only been tiny amounts.  It lookalike he lost the whole feed but he's not that interested in feeding more.Are you supposed to 'refeed' them when they spit ups feed? Or will he just have got fid of the extra milk he didn't need? And any tips on how to avoid him spitting up? Thanks

#2 wannabpreggers

Posted 18 May 2012 - 05:35 AM

Hi, Congrats on your bub!

I was told that when they spit milk up it always looks like more than it actually is. When my DS would spit up I would offer the other side but usually he wasn't interested.

I think often it is just a bit more than they need or not as much as it seems. I used to worry in the early days that my DS wasn't getting enough but as time goes on I have come to know that they will let you know if they are hungry!

There is nothing you can do to stop them spitting up. Some babies spit up more than others and as long as they aren't bothered by it (a 'happy spitter') not to worry.

Well done, you are doing a great job.

#3 opethmum

Posted 18 May 2012 - 06:34 AM

I had a happy chucker after feeds, I did not top up after she had chucked. I assumed at the time that she had too much in there to begin with and getting some equilibrium in her stomach.
By all means do what you think is best and what your DS is happy with.
Congrats on the new bub and I hope you have a wonderful bf relationship.

#4 Etcetera

Posted 18 May 2012 - 06:45 AM

No need to top up. It always looks like so much doesn't it!
DS1 had his first big spit up in hospital and I panicked but was assured it was fine and no need to refeed.

Congrats on your newbie!

#5 Cranky Kitten

Posted 18 May 2012 - 08:22 AM

Congratulations on the newbie!

My boy is also a happy chucker, it looks like so much milk when you're soaked to the skin in it (yuck) but I always found following his lead worked best. If he was hungry again I fed him, if he wasn't I didn't worry until he asked to be fed again.

The only things I found to reduce the puking was trying not to jiggle him too much straight after a feed and not laying him down straight away even if he was asleep. We'd sit with him upright on my chest for 5-10 mins if asleep or upright on my lap if awake before moving him. Didn't always work with the big spews but helped reduce the little ones a bit.

#6 sophiasmum

Posted 18 May 2012 - 09:08 AM

I always offered again but of course it's up to them whether they take anymore or not.

#7 LovenFire

Posted 18 May 2012 - 10:03 AM

It does look like a heap doesn't it?  They're still learning how much their little tummies can take.  

If he isn't asking for more, I.e., not grizzling etc, I'd just let him snooze and offer whenever he woke up.  Usually they drink and drink cause it's nice and sends lovely relaxing hormones through their system but then overload.  

Of course, if he's crying away, then offer again.  And congratulations on your little boy.

#8 PonyoLand

Posted 18 May 2012 - 10:20 AM

My happy chucker usually wants a quick top up feed after a vomit, but not always. I just go with what he wants. biggrin.gif
Also agree with PP about waiting a while before putting down. If you do need to move them or put them down flat (i.e nappy change), bibs help save clothes (just remove it if not supervised). A tilt in the bassinet has also helped my DS go down with less vomits.

#9 misse10

Posted 18 May 2012 - 06:22 PM

thanks for the advice everyone!  i offered him a bit more & he did feed to sleep for a couple of minutes...then slept for a massive 3 hours so I guess he wasn't starving! ohmy.gif)

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