my grandson spits up alot, every 2 to 3 hrshe's wating to eat

by carol ann
(grande prairie alb, canada)

please help, my grandson throws up a lot

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Jul 23, 2012
could be a few things
by: Tracy

Hi, it could be a few things or a combination of a few thing that cause this...

Here are some pages that can help...

General info on spitting up...

Oversupply and hindmilk/foremilk imbalance...

Acid reflux problems in baby...

Hope this helps

Jul 26, 2012
Frequent Spitting up
by: Zelda Behr

Firstly we need to know if baby is breast or formula fed to rule out fore and hind milk problems and forceful letdown.

Spitting up is normal and only when baby starts loosing weight should it become a big concern.
Babies spit up more between 2-4 months of age.

There are a few thing you can do to cope with this...

- Burp baby at regular intervals to minimize swallowed winds.
- Try walking and keeping baby in a more upright position while feeding.
- Keep baby still after feeds for a while.
- Feeding baby on demand will help as well, if baby drinks one big feed it can cause overfeeding and may increase spitting up but, if baby is feeding on demand, baby will drink more regularly and smaller amounts.

About the "drinking every 2 to 3 hours" every baby is different my baby is 6 months old and still drinks every 2 - 3 hours.

Let me know if baby is breast or formula fed and we can see if there isn't something extra I can help with.

Good luck.

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Frequent Spitting up

by Dorothy
(New York, NY)

So I know for the most part my babies signs of hunger like moving his head side to side, making a noise with his nose because he is smelling looking for milk, and him sucking his hand HOWEVER I will feed him when he shows these signs but spits up a little while later.

My mother says it's because I overfeed him but they always say not to wait until the late sign of hunger which is crying but when my mom says to wait until he cries because he is hungry he spits up way less more.

I am just so confused. And after he would spit up he shows signs of being hungry again! Please help.

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Jan 13, 2014
spit up
by: Lyssa

Spitting up is not a cause for alarm. When baby feeds, he will frequently stop to breathe. The air can sometimes get caught in the stomach, causing air bubbles. When a baby tries to expel the air bubbles, they sometimes spit up. If the spit up seems to bother you, try nursing baby in a more upright position, similar to the baby sitting up. You can also burp baby half way through the feeding, and again after.

The amount of spit up can sometimes be worry some, but it usually looks like more than it is. If you take a teaspoon of water and dump it onto a cloth, you will see it looks like much more than when it was in the spoon.

Recommendations frequently change from generation to generation and often times, the later generations are not informed of the updated recommendations or are giving formula feeding advice to a breastfeeding mother, which can damage the breastfeeding relationship.

It sounds like you know when your baby is hungry and are feeding them as you should. If baby is gaining well and has 3-6+ wet diapers a day, then spitting up is no cause for concern. Just carry an extra rag with you to wipe it away!

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spit up

by kayla

My baby is only 7 weeks old. and while feeding him breast milk and formula (because my milk isn't fully in yet) he spits it all up. I don't know if that's normal or not.

Everything he has comes back up when I burp him. It's like he doesn't get any in him at all. Then he cries because he is hungry. I don't know what to do. can you please help me?

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Jan 26, 2011
Many things could be causing frequent spitting up
by: Tracy

Hi Kayla

You should try leaving the formula, the only way your own breast milk will increase is if you leave the formula and start breastfeeding exclusively.

Breast milk production works on a supply demand basis, so the more you breastfeed, the more your body will produce...right now your body doesn't know how much it should be producing because you are replacing breast milk with formula.

Babies who are exclusively breastfed usually spit up less than formula fed or combination fed babies.

Other causes could be:

- Your milk let down reflex is very strong and baby is struggling to keep up with the flow. Does baby choke while nursing? Read more on how to handle a strong let down reflex

- Baby might have a bit of acid reflux. Read more on how to handle acid reflux.

- Maybe your baby is getting in enough breast milk already and doesn't need the extra bottles you are giving. Most babies suck just for comfort. This could cause baby to drink too much and this could be the reason for the extra spitting up.

- Maybe you need to burp baby more often? Breastfed babies sometimes need to be burped every 5 minutes. This will prevent too much air from building up and coming out after a feed.

- Baby might be going through a growth spurt. Read more on growth spurts here.

Hope this helps, let me know how things go

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baby spitting up milk

by tiffany

I am a mother again to my 1 week old son. Tonight I am becoming concerned.

I had to supplement with formula for about 2days out of the hospital because my milk was not coming in quick enough. Baby lost 5% of weight in those 2days.

So Today I was able to fill 2oz of breast milk for him twice. At both feedings I supplementing 1oz of formula to finish him off, since he appeared still very hungry. Well both those feedings, caused him to spit up a significant amount about 15min after.

What could this mean? He has not spit up like this until today. I am very concerned I am doing something wrong by mixing the two at one feeding. He was definitely hungry until I stopped at 3oz total each time.

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Feb 19, 2013
a few tips
by: Tracy, CBC, CLD (CBI)

Hi Tiffany

It sounds to me as if you are pumping your breast milk instead of breastfeeding?

The average weight for baby to lose is between 5 and 7% of their birth weight in the first few days, this weight loss usually stops after 5 days.

If you do not let baby actually suck at the breast, your breast milk supply will decrease. This is because a breast pump cannot pull breast milk out from the breasts as efficiently as a baby.

Spitting up, is a real good indicator that baby is getting too much to drink. A baby's tummy is quite small still in the first week of life. It is possible, that you have confused signs of tummy cramps, or others issues for hunger.

You should try to breastfeed baby more often (every two to three hours) instead of giving two big amounts during the day. This will also help baby keep it down.

Another thing you can do to keep baby from spitting up, is to breastfeed form only one breast at a feeding (alternating each time), this will help baby get in the fattier hind milk towards the end of a feed. The hind milk is more filling and satisfying and is really difficult to extract with just pumping. (you can then pump the other breast, if you are worried about your milk supply or engorgement)

Please read here for signs of hunger.

Please read here for signs that baby is getting in enough milk while breastfeeding.

Healthy weight gain

Feb 19, 2013
inverted nipples
by: tiffany

Thank you. Good tips. I am pumping now because I have inverted nipples and it has been extremely difficult for baby to latch and stay latched to the nipple shield. I felt bad having to give him formula, so I bought a pump to extract for him. Do you have any latching tips specially for inverted nipple mommies like myself? Everything i read, doesnt seem to cover much about inverted nipples. It's very difficult for him and very discouraging for me.

Feb 21, 2013
inverted nipples
by: Tracy, CBC, CLD (CBI)

Hi Tiffany

Here is a page that may help...

Inverted nipples

Please let me know if you have anymore questions after reading that page.

Your question also encouraged me to write a page on "growth failure" because there are too many Moms out there who are being told that their baby is not picking up enough weight, but they are being compared to their formula feeding counterparts. Not all babies are the same and when people compare them to an average, it can discourage and even destroy a breastfeeding relationship.

Here is the page I wrote.

Jan 04, 2017
Reflux in babies
by: Elsabe

Reflux in babies is something we hear about more and more. I've been through silent reflux with one of my own babies, my smallest twincess. And I can tell you, it is no fun at all. Not for the baby and not for mommy.

There are three types of reflux:

Gastro Esophageal Reflux (GER): This is when a baby vomits or spits up a lot but doesn't have any other symptoms. It is caused by the valve in the stomach not working quite as well as it should. It opens easily, allowing the milk to push back up into the baby's throat.

Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disease (GERD): This is when the baby regurgitates their milk, vomits very often and shows other symptoms as a result such as:

- Not growing and/or thriving as expected.
- Refusing to feed (oral aversions) or struggling to feed well.
- Poor weight gain.
- Coughing.
- Anemia (because of blood loss due to the stomach acid burning the esophagus).

This type of reflux can also cause respiratory problems when the milk that pushes up is aspirated, meaning it goes into the breathing pipe and/or lungs.

Silent Reflux: This is basically baby heartburn. These babies do not vomit or spit up a lot, but the milk pushing up in their throat still causes a lot of pain and discomfort. They may or may not have wet coughs and/or wet burps, but no other tell tale signs. This is also the hardest kind of reflux to diagnose and it is often mistaken for colic.

How to treat it?

Gravity is your friend!

The most important rule when in comes to reflux, is to remember that you should let gravity work WITH your baby's tummy.

This means keeping them as upright as possible during and after feeds. This way the milk is kept down in the stomach and is less likely to push up into the throat.

After feeds you can:

Keep your baby upright against your shoulder (cuddles are always a good thing)

Wear them in a carrier. The movement relieves pain caused by relfux and gas.

Raise the cot mattress by placing a wedge under the mattress, so that it's at an 30-45 degree angle.

Do not lay your baby down flat for at least 20-30 minutes after feedings.

You can also try feeding your baby in different positions. The saddle position or the laid back position usually helps most.

With the saddle position, your baby sits upright on your leg like when riding a bike. (Works better with bigger babies who are able to sit with support or on their own)

The laid back position is when you are reclined, half sitting half lying down and your baby lays on your chest vertically, not cradled in your arms. (Works better for very small babies who can't yet sit or who don't have good head control yet.)

Breastmilk protects the esophagus, as it balances the ph level of the stomach. The acid pushing up when breastfeeding does less harm than the acid pushing up from formula.

Reflux treatments include traditional and alternative treatments. It is best to research your options before deciding on a specific treatment and sometimes a combination is necessary before you see results.

As parents we want only the best and safest options for our children. Many people these days choose natural acid reflux remedies above over the counter medications, simply because they are safer to use and have fewer (sometimes no) side-effects.

An option to consider is to have your baby adjusted by a chiropractor.

I know it sounds kind of scary, but believe me it helps in a huge way! It was one of the best things we did for our twincesses (we had them both adjusted at 7 weeks and again after they started crawling).

Chiropractors work extremely gentle with babies. You can actually barely see the adjustment being done, but the results afterwards are amazing.

A baby's spine, hips/pelvis and neck being just slightly out of alignment, can cause a multitude of other issues. And this is pretty common as a result of birth, especially cesarean births and like in our case having both a cesarean and multiple pregnancy - when space is even more limited!

Since reflux in babies is caused by the muscle between the esophagus and stomach not working properly, massage will have an overall positive effect on a baby.

But it's not only the baby who benefits from the massage, mom and dad will too. It is exhausting and stressful to take care of a baby with reflux. I know, I've been there.

Baby massage will get those feel good hormones going, it will relax both of you and will decrease those acid reflux symptoms.

During the massage, you can hold your baby more upright, or on a wedge or even on a pillow on your lap, rather than lying them flat for the massage.

Do not massage directly after a feed, rather do the massage between feeds.

Other Treatments


H2 Blockers/ H2 Receptor Antagonists: These keep the acid from pushing back up into the throat. Because they are in liquid form, they are often used for kids. (H stands for histamine.)

Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPI): Block the production of stomach acid.

Antacids: Neutralize stomach acid, so that it won't irritate or burn the esophagus as much. But these come with many side effects and isn't usually recommended for long term use or even for kids at all. More like the last resort and only used short term.

Prokinetic Agents/ Motility Drugs: Help the stomach empty faster by improving the movement and coordination of the baby's intestines.

Surgery: Surgery is only done when nothing else has worked and/or reflux becomes life threatening to your baby.

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