Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Natalie van der Linde | 2009-07-20


Breast fed baby

We have a new baby in our family of 1 week old, She drinks well with each feeding, but sometimes burbs out a whole feeding. She seems quite content, and drinks again. Should we be worried and what could be the reason for this?

Expert's Reply



This is very common and is due to your baby swallowing wind when feeding. You need to wind her very carefully after feeds. If she continues to bring up feeds and especially if this occurs after every feed you should see your paediatrician.

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Posted by: Purple | 2009-07-21

Posseting is normal and it looks like a lot more milk has come out than actualy has.

Breastfed babies don' t take in wind when they feed as the mouth forms a perfect seal around the breast if baby is latched properly (you know baby isn' t latched properly if your nipples are cracked or you feel pain - get help with latching if your nipples crack). Babay will bring wind up about 10 minutes after a feed once the milk has started digesting. rub her back rather than patting, and move her around to get them up.

If baby is bottle fed, she will take a lot of air in with the feed, so every few minutes stop and wind her and wind thoroughly after the feed. Then, once the milk starts digesting, there will be more winds.

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