My No 2 was one such baby. He drained the boob, then a few minutes later brought his milk back up. With reliable frequency he'd vomit whilst still feeding (hence the midriff towel). Or aim at something a few feet away when "burping" (read projectile vomiting). If he managed to keep anything down during feeding, most of it would eventually resurface up to an hour later, usually soaking his immediate surroundings.
And I had to feed him in public ALL the time because he was this little feeding machine. Because he couldn't retain anything in his tiny tummy he was almost always hungry. Some days I was blasé and braved feeding him without caring about the shocked stares from onlookers at copious amounts of sick. But other days I'd feel the need to find a remote corner of a playground to hide away and feed while my No 1 toddler played. Either way I'd often have to walk home drenched in sick. My change bag became laughably gigantic because it had to contain towels and a change of clothes (for me not just No 2) as well as the usual baby paraphernalia!
We were invited to a few weddings when No 2 was tiny. What to do? Imagine the scene: lovely dress and shoes, delicious glass of champagne, you're listening to speeches feeling momentarily like a normal human being again, then the urgent hungry cry of No 2, "MILK!!" Do I stay or do I go? Awkward. If I stay he pukes during the groom's sweet speech (best man's speech would probably be appropriate). If I go I have to make a big scene carrying my baby in his car seat bawling loudly, with my comically large change bag clanging into guests, knocking their drinks over their outfits, me apologising profusively and thereby disrupt a key wedding moment!
I stayed, he puked (a lot), my dress and shoes were ruined, the guests on my table didn't know where to look or what to say. Nice sympathetic smiling nod from the groom. "Sorry..." I mumbled pathetically. I wish I'd had Snoobs in all 4 colours to hide away under (yes machine washable at 30 degrees!).
Funny thing is it's amazing how quickly you forget the inconveniences and awkward moments. Babies need to be fed, and often they need to be breastfed in public. Be brave, go for it but don't punish yourself if you find it tricky. We are all human and you are definitely not alone! And for anyone with a baby who vomits through the smiles (sorry but it's true!), please be assured that he or she will grow out of it....eventually! I look now at my big 10 year old boy (who has still has the appetite of someone twice his size) and see a happy and healthy boy who is utterly delighted to be overtaking his bigger brother in height.
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