Babies Who Cry Because There Is Too Much Milk - Woodmam

Some babies love milk so much, they overeat. These kids guzzle down four to eight ounces each feeding and then vomit it all up because, as the saying goes, “their eyes were bigger than their stomachs.” Other babies, however, guzzle not out of gluttony but out of self-protection. Their mom’s milk is pouring out of her breast so quickly that they’re trying not to choke.

Flooding can also occur in bottle-fed babies. Rubber nipples that are too soft or have holes that are too big can make a baby with a strong suck feel like she’s drinking from a running faucet.

If you think your milk flow may be too much for your baby to handle, look for these signs:

Does your milk quickly drip out of one breast when your baby is sucking on the other?

Does she gulp and guzzle loudly?

Does she struggle, cough, or pull away as soon as the milk starts to flow into her mouth?

If you answer yes to these questions, try expressing one to two ounces from your breasts immediately before the next feeding. Also, during the feed, hold your nipple between your second and third fingers, like a cigarette, and press against the breast to slow the flow of milk, or try nursing lying down (with your baby next to you or on top of you) and see if the meal goes better.

Stomach Acid Reflux: Calming the Cry by Soothing the Burn

Bitter crying during or just after a feeding may indicate insufficient or excessive milk flow, a strange taste in your milk, a strong gastro-colic reflex in your baby (see Chapter 4), or that your baby is one of about three percent of colicky babies who suffers from stomach acid reflux.

If you suspect acid reflux as the cause of your baby’s misery you should review the telltale signs of reflux mentioned in Chapter 4. Of course, if you think your baby may be suffering from this problem, you should consult your baby’s doctor.

Through the years, several remedies have been recommended to alleviate reflux. A few are dead ends, but many are true paths to success.

Dead-End Stomach Acid Treatments

Position—Parents of refluxing babies have long been told to keep their baby sitting up in a swing or infant seat after eating so gravity can help keep the milk in the stomach. However, studies show this position does not lessen the frequency or severity of reflux (although some parents still swear by it).

Rice-cereal-thickened feeds—Some doctors recommend thickening a feeding with rice cereal to “weigh” the milk down and keep it in the stomach. But studies have also failed to show that this causes any real improvement in reflux.
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