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Spitting up/gasping for air... Pennsatucky Due August 17 (boy); 1 child; 1 angel baby; New York 2900 posts
22nd Mar '12

Today was the first day I exclusively breast fed my baby (4 lbs 9 ounces...3 weeks early) and after our last two feedings, has spit up while gasping for air/struggling to clear his airway. The first time, spit up came up and he got beat red with his eyes wide until he cleared his airway....the second time he was lying down and started thrashing until I picked him up, attempted to burp him/tilted his head back, so he could swallow. I also hear gas building up in his belly right before this happens.



I called the nicu nurses and they said to keep burping him (he hasn't been burping for me lately) and to lie him on his side next to me in the bassinet...I know babies spit up all the time, but he is scaring me. I'm going to bring him to the doctors tomorrow....thoughts? I need piece of mind or something right now ...I can't sleep; I just keep watching him.

angeleyes_chunkers_momma 2 kids; California 114 posts
22nd Mar '12

ring him n. that is not safe! jus to cure u being so scared

"The Boob" [HM] 2 kids; Kingman, Arizona 15719 posts
22nd Mar '12
Quoting Peppa pig:" Today was the first day I exclusively breast fed my baby (4 lbs 9 ounces...3 weeks early) and after our ... [snip!] ... to the doctors tomorrow....thoughts? I need piece of mind or something right now ...I can't sleep; I just keep watching him."


My son wasn't a preemie or anything, but he did that a lot and he had acid reflux. He just had to outgrow it. It would scare the shit out of me all the time though.



Have you tried setting the baby elevated after feedings? Like in a bouncer or in something where the baby sits more upright? It would help with the choking part of it with my son.

Dexters Mommy 1 child; Swansboro, North Carolina 869 posts
22nd Mar '12

it's very scary, I went through this with my son. it turned out that he had some nasty reflux going on causing him to choke/gasp for air. that is a huge reason we co slept for so long

Pennsatucky Due August 17 (boy); 1 child; 1 angel baby; New York 2900 posts
22nd Mar '12
Quoting "The b**b" [HM]:" My son wasn't a preemie or anything, but he did that a lot and he had acid reflux. He just had to outgrow ... [snip!] ... Like in a bouncer or in something where the baby sits more upright? It would help with the choking part of it with my son."


Yeah I usually lie him on my chest after he eats...i think this has something to do with him not burping for me...his burps were a lot more hefty while I was supplementing with formula..and right now he is in the bassinet part of the pack n play on an incline...Ill put him in his infant bouncer tomorrow morning to see what happens...in any case, we are definitely going to the doctor tomorrow...I wonder if this has anything to do with the fact that I took the formula away completely....

Natalie & Nolan{EBF} 18 kids; Burlington, North Carolina 6851 posts
22nd Mar '12

While you are nursing, try reclining backwards in a rocking chair. After nursing, keep him upright as long as possible, try babywearing with a Moby wrap. It helps babies with reflux and frees your arms up.