What to do when newborns are unable to keep down milk. It’s a horrible feeling to see your days old baby spitting-up milk after almost all feeds. He suffered and so did I felt guilty about not able to help my newborn son.
My husband thought baby is unable to burp so after feeding session I must hold him upright till he burps. Honestly, keeping him upright did help to some degree, from spitting after every feed it became most of the and not every time. I made it a rule of thumb day or night whenever after every I started keeping him upright for 15-20 minutes. I was scared to put him down. This helped to get rid of 40% of his spitting problem but I was determined to get 100% results. His little coos, and body arches would make us rush and pick him so that stomach content wouldn’t come out of his mouth. My 6-year-old daughter became super vigilant she would call us even if he causally moved his hand.
I am breast feeding my baby and everyone pointed in one direction. What I eat will affect him. If I eat a lot of cabbage, broccoli, oily stuff like puri, paratha, chole, rajma, will make gases in baby. Hence, I was staying away from such grease food and gas making vegetable were out of my list. This didn’t help my new baby, from 3 weeks he became 6 weeks old but problem didn’t solve it remain the same he wouldn’t stop spitting milk. Family said its in my diet. I stopped rice altogether and started eating rotties mainly. I also added oatmeal to my diet. Then there was daliya and lots of nuts to cherish. But soon I came to know that sometimes nuts and drive little one system crazy. I started cutting down but nothing changed. I love slim milk (0% fat). For me 2 to 3 glass a day became normal. “The more milk you take that more milk you will make” is the general saying in my culture. My mother and my mother-in-law would make sure I would drink plenty of milk.
On one visit for his vaccination his pediatric suggested to stop intake of dairy products especially milk. Vola!!! I found the culprit in my case. The day I stopped milk he got better and better and finally in just 48 hours he stopped spitting at all. Its been 2 to 3 weeks now no problems at all, I tried to add little milk in diet but every time I drank milk next day I would see its impact. I am trying to add a cup of milk instead of a whole glass. In my case milk in other form dahi (curd), cheese or in tea were better tolerated by my baby’s system than plain milk. Right now I take calcium supplement to keep my and my baby’s need fulfilled. He is not spitting milk and that a blessing for me.
Tip: Stop drinking milk for at least 2 – 3 days and see if it works for you too.