Question 1: My baby spits up after most feeds. Should I be worried?
Renee Kam (lactation consultant): Most babies spit up a bit of milk. As babies get older they spit up less but spitting up might not sort itself out completely until around your baby’s first birthday. Normal spitting up shouldn’t stop your baby gaining weight at a healthy pace unless there’s an underlying medical condition.
If you’re concerned about your baby spitting up seek medical advice. If your baby does a full vomit you should see your doctor especially if your baby also has other signs such as fever, irritability or fatigue.
Question 2: Should I be eating special foods while I’m breastfeeding?
Renee: In general you don’t need to eat special foods or avoid any foods while you’re breastfeeding. Eating a good variety of healthy food and drinking according to your thirst will help keep both you and your baby happy and healthy.
You might be concerned you’re not getting enough of a particular nutrient in your diet. For example if you’re vegan you might worry you’re low in vitamin B12 or you might be worried that your baby is reacting to something in your diet. Just talk to your child and family health nurse, GP, dietician or lactation consultant. These professionals can let you know what to do.
For further information about breastfeeding call the Australian Breastfeeding Association Helpline on 1800 686 268. Talk to a lactation consultant and/or your child and family health nurse. Visit the Raising Children Network website at http://raisingchildren.net.au or the ABA website http://www.breastfeeding.asn.au.