Post # 1
We’ve nicknames my baby girl “piggy.” Yes, I’ll stop using this term when she gets old enough to understand, I don’t want to create an eating disorder! She likes to eat and eat and eat. And then eat some more. Until she spits up, and then she still wants to eat after that.
Usually I have a feeling the spit up is coming b/c she’s eaten so much, her tummy has to be full. But she’s doing all of the “I’m hungry!” signals (sucking on hands, sticking tongue out, smacking lips together, etc) and will sit there and cry until she gets a bottle, nothing else will make her happy.
Any ideas on what I can do about this? Thanks!
Post # 3
If you’re pretty sure she isn’t actually hungry anymore (but maybe just wants to suck on something and knows that eating allows her to do that), could you give her a pacifier or a bottle with water in it (instead of milk)?
Post # 4
@Mrs.KMM: We’ve tried a pacifier (even though I really didn’t want to use one, I didn’t know what else to do!), and sometimes we use our finger. But nothing lasts, she always just wants more food!
Post # 5
How old is she? In her second week? Sounds like a growth spurt and it happens to all of them. They only want to eat…I thought I would die when I was breastfeeding.’
I’d feed her then. As long as she’s keeping it down I wouldn’t worry. She’ll work out her own schedule.
Post # 6
That is perfectly normal, try burping her in the middle of the feeding and get the air bubbles out to reduce the spit up. You also might try adjusting the feeding angle somewhat, sitting up just a touch more will help to reduce it also.
Post # 7
I am sorry I can’t remember what day she was born. Has she had her one week check up yet? Are you nursing or formula feeding? It is possible if you are nursing that she is not getting enough at each feeding. I had to supplement my first child with formula. We also had to try a few different formulas before we found the right one. 13 years ago the options were limited regarding formulas but now there are many choices.
Post # 8
She may just be a spitter! 🙂 Kayla was a HUGE spitter-upper for months! It was such a pain because I was constantly doing laundry and we own probably 20 burp clothes or more! She’s finally slowed down a ton now, but she was just like that! If she is happy and gaining weight then you are probably fine to keep doing whatever you think she needs! 🙂
Post # 9
She may be starting a growth spurt. I remember feeling like I had a 24 hr growth on my breasts during growth spurts. I did! He was my son.
Try taking the baby for a walk outside after feeding. If she falls asleep, she has likely had enough. If she continues to cry, she may want to feed again.
Some babies do spit up more than others. Spitting up is different than vomiting. Spitting up is effortless and usually happens right after feeding. They grow out of it.
Post # 10
I actually just switched from breastfeeding to formula due to the crazy amount of pain I was having… now I’m so glad I did! I couldn’t imagine having to feed her this much, this often. Ouch!
@ItWasntMe: She’s 11 days old. I wouldn’t mind her eating so much if she was keeping it down… but I just hate to see her spitting up so much. She doesn’t do it at every feeding, probably just once or twice a day, but when she does it’s a lot!
@tksjewelry: We do burp her after half of the bottle is done, or sometimes she’ll take a little break and we’ll burp then. We do try to keep her upright, but I’ll make more of an effort to do that and see if that helps. Thanks!
@StormyRose: Unfortunately for her one week check up we were switching from breastfeeding to formula so we didn’t really have this issue yet to ask the doctor. If it keeps being a problem I’ll def call them though.
@dchokiebride3: Glad to know I’m not the only one with a spitter! How long did it take for her to outgrow it?
@julies1949: That’s a great idea to take a walk, plus I need the exercise!
Post # 11
She may also be still getting used to digesting the formula.
How much are you feeding her in one bottle? Here is a chart that might be helpful:
Average feeding amounts by baby’s age 1
Age feedings/24 hours Amount of formula per feeding Total formula in 24 hours
1 month 6 to 8 60 mL (2 fl oz) to 90 mL (3 fl oz) 600 mL (20 fl oz)
2 months 6 to 7 120 mL (4 fl oz) to 150 mL (5 fl oz) 850 mL (29 fl oz)
3 months 5 to 6 180 mL (6 fl oz) to 210 mL (7 fl oz) 900 mL (30 fl oz)
4 months 4 to 5 180 mL (6 fl oz) to 240 mL (8 fl oz) 900 mL (30 fl oz)
5 months 4 to 5 210 mL (7 fl oz) to 240 mL (8 fl oz) 1000 mL (34 fl oz)
6 months 4 to 5 210 mL (7 fl oz) to 240 mL (8 fl oz)
The main thing I would encourage you to do is don’t be switching formulas willy nilly. Consult with a dietitian or your physician, or both, if you have concerns. Too many parents switch formulas looking for some magic solution and the poor baby never has the chance to get used to any one formula.
The cardinal rule is that if she is happy, healthy (other than the spit up issue) and gaining weight you are doing just fine. If she is having regular wet diapers, she is getting enough formula.
Post # 12
@julies1949: Thanks so much for the chart, that’s very helpful! Although it doesn’t have newborns on there, I’m assuming it’s pretty much the same as 1 month. She usually eats 3-4 oz’s… sometimes more but that’s never good and I know it. I don’t want to switch formulas, first of all b/c I know nothing about formula b/c I was planning on breastfeeding and this is what the doctor gave us, and 2nd of all I don’t think it’s the formula. She doesn’t spit up at every feeding, just when she eats a lot of it.
Post # 13
@artbee: Kayla would spit up A TON…it really is almost always more than you think, but Kayla would sporadically spit up the entire time between feedings. BUT, when she did spit up she would smile about it afterwards…haha clearly it wasn’t bothing her!
It took forever for her to grow out of it it seems. At around 3.5 months it would slow down, then increase again. Now that she’s eating quite a bit more solids, she mostly keeps everything down, a teeny tiny bit of spit up here and there but MUCH better! We tried to keep her upright for longer after feedings and burping her more often, but honestly, nothing made a huge difference with her. I just had to do a lot of laundry!!! 🙂
She sounds so similar to Kayla when she was little because I dealt with large amounts of bloddy spit up from breastfeeding when she was 3 and 4 days old! (I think that was you that mentioned that?) 🙂
Post # 14
The first couple weeks I knew if she spit up or pooped she’d be like immediately hungry, she had room to fill then.
Post # 15
At about 2 weeks they hit a growth spurt and will do alot of cluster feeding so it’s pretty normal that she’s cuing to eat.
Also, I know that when DS was a baby he spit up TONS! like projectile. It was impossible to keep him clean b/c it was all the time. He was growing just fine though and it was ulitmately due to the sphincter between the stomach & esophagus not being strong enough to keep shut when his tummy started churning to digest.
I would say that as long as she doesn’t seem to be in pain or crying with it & she’s still growing, then it’s more than likely nothing to worry about.
Some kiddies just spit up lots. (oh I hope this next one isn’t like DS was. lol)
Post # 16
Okay.. Is she eating so much because she is spitting up alot? If so that could be why she is always hungry. You should maybe try switching her formula to one for sensitive tummys or one made with soy if she is on formula..