I had my baby girl three weeks ago and she is EBF. She is eating great but she is SO SO SO fussy when she isn't eating. She spits up a LOT too so I'm wondering about reflux. Do EBF babies have issues with reflux? Or maybe she's eating too much? She will nurse on one breast, I burp her, and switch and then when she's done she spits up the second I put her down. I'm getting so frustrated because I can't take the crying. She doesn't want the bouncy chair, the swing, or a pacifier. She just wants to eat. And I know my supply isn't the issue, I know what growth spurts are like so I don't think that's the issue either. Any thoughts or advice for me?
If she is Reflux or colic or both she will have a pain in her tummy and she will think feeding will help the pain so she will naturally overfeed to ease the pain then spit up for eating to much.. If that makes sense?
Yes breast fed babies can suffer from reflux. It can also be gas, not burping correctly etc. try nursing her in the football hold where her head is up. She can be comfort nursing.
Make sure you burp her well, then elevate her a little after putting her down after a feed.
Thanks so much, I'm going to try everything you guys suggested. If that doesn't work, I'll bring it up to her pedi at the 1 month visit.
my baby has reflux. she was just diagnosed with it. she used to throw up whenever i layed her down after feeding. they put her on zantac and shes is perfectly fine now
Maybe try giving her gas drops before every feed? I use ovol with my little guy and since I have been using that he is a much happier baby! Helps break the bubbles up smaller to make it easier for them to burp.
My little one is ebf also and she had really bad reflux. she projectile vomited after every feeding even though we kept her elevated for at least 30 minutes after each feed. she also just screamed and cried for hours after eating. they gave her ranitidine at her 1 month appt and it helped with the pain and crying but she still spit up. we also used gripe water with her which seemed to help settle her belly, you might try that also
I completely forgot about gas drops and gripe water! I think I still have some from my son. Thanks!!
If you go with the gripe water it is only supposedly good for like 6 months at least thats what it says on mine. it says for best effectiveness use within 6 months of opening and keep refrigerated
Quoting Kay Peezy:" I had my baby girl three weeks ago and she is EBF. She is eating great but she is SO SO SO fussy when ... [snip!] ... isn't the issue, I know what growth spurts are like so I don't think that's the issue either. Any thoughts or advice for me?"
Re-flux is a definite possibility. It may also be Colic. Which wouldn't be fun either. Ask her pediatrician to know for sure what the problem is.
might be tmi but what colour is her poop? Might be a fore/hind milk imbalance, meaning she gets all the watery foremilk and not enough fatty hindmilk. My LO had the same.
Quoting raptor mommy saves:" might be tmi but what colour is her poop? Might be a fore/hind milk imbalance, meaning she gets all the watery foremilk and not enough fatty hindmilk. My LO had the same. "
Hm, how would I know that? It looks like breastmilk poop - yellow, seedy and loose.
if it was foremilk hindmilk imbalance the poop would be green and almost foamy or frothy looking