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Breastfed babies and spit up

Okay so my daughter is almost 3 weeks old...shes EBF, but shes been spitting up ALOT today..more than Ive ever seen her spit up...doesnt seem like shes getting much out of her meals...and she seems to be sleeping more than usual, i tried to wake her up to eat and couldnt really keep her up long enough to eat! Is this a call doctor moment, or let her sleep? Do EBF babies spit up alot!? She does get burped plenty. And she has gained weight.


Asked by Anonymous at 1:54 PM on Apr. 30, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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Answers (5)
  • She is young enough that she should be sleeping a lot. As long as she wets at least 6 diapers a day, she isn't sleeping through too many feedings. Just feed on demand. As for spit up, all babies spit up BF or FF. Some spit up more than others. They don't seem to spit up the first couple of weeks, but then develop an array of digestive problems and/or sensitivities around 3-4 weeks.

    Think about the size of a CD or DVD. If your baby is spitting up each time a smaller puddle than a CD/DVD, then it's normal and no concern. If your baby spits up more than that amount and/or seems to be in pain when she spits up then it could be reflux and you should call your pediatrician.

    Finally, take care that she isn't spitting up when you're moving/jossling her around. Sometimes moving after feedings can cause spitting up or even particular burping positions.

    Answer by ThrivingMom at 2:03 PM on Apr. 30, 2010

  • If at three weeks, she's not waking up to eat, then I would let her sleep in three hour bursts during the day (as long as she wants at night) and then try again. I would strip my baby down to make sure she stayed awake while eating.. and play with her feet and stroke her head.. she was impossible to keep awake while eating!

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:57 PM on Apr. 30, 2010

  • Ditto what anon said. To ad. She might drinking mr than what she needs. U might b overflowing (luckky u!) Feed her sitting up. I no she's 2 tiny 4 this but try not to cradle her.

    Answer by Vero0724 at 2:06 PM on Apr. 30, 2010

  • If you're changing 6-8 diapers a day, and she's gaining, it's fine. Throw 2-3 tablespoons of liquid on the floor or table. Sure looks like a lot doesn't it? Just to kind of put it in perspective, that a little spit up can look like a lot more then it is.

    Answer by Krysta622 at 3:50 PM on Apr. 30, 2010

  • Some babies have days where they do things differently. That's ok. Babies spit up, some days more than usual.

    Believe in your ability to make the perfect milk for your baby and your baby's ability to nurse the way she needs to to get at least the amount she needs.

    You might try nursing only one breast a feeding. is a great breastfeeding site.

    Answer by Gailll at 4:43 PM on Apr. 30, 2010