Acid Reflux in Infant Babies

Not all babies that spit up, have reflux. A bit of spit up in the first few weeks, is normal.

If you are not sure, first read the acid reflux symptoms

At the bottom of this page, you will find extra resources for acid reflux in infant babies.


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Colic and Acid reflux


Here are some comments from other mothers on the subject...

Breastfed and Choking

by scaredmomma 2012

“My 3 1/2 week old son is vomiting after being breastfed and choking on it. I myself have acid reflux, so I am going to talk to his dr. to see what they think, but I think that it may be him eating too much and/or something else all together. I know that when he has these episodes, it scares me to death. I have an older son who never done this when he was an infant."

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Comments for breastfed and choking

Jul 24, 2012

Acid Reflux Baby

by: Anonymous

"HiIt could also just be a fast let down reflex?"

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Jul 26, 2012

Acid Reflux in Newborns

by: Zelda Behr 


"Try feeding baby in a more upright position to prevent the acid from pushing back up.

Feeding slings are great, try to walk while feeding, also feed baby in a quiet environment with no distractions to minimize the amount of air baby swallows.Keep baby still and his head slightly raised after a feed. Burp baby at regular intervals, swallowed air can cause baby to spit up as well.

Hope these help and good luck with your new bundle of joy."

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Jul 16, 2012

Acid reflux or foremilk/hindmilk imbalance 

by: Tracy 

"Hi, this sounds like either acid reflux or foremilk/hindmilk imbalance (it could also be a little bit of both).Some babies with acid reflux, nurse frequently, because drinking comforts them.

Remember that some spitting up in the first few weeks is normal baby development."

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New Momby Gladis 

(Riverview, FL)

“I have a month old daughter who is suffering terribly. I have been breastfeeding since she was born November, 2011. I decided to pump vs. actual breastfeeding (BF), because I'm always thinking she's not getting enough food. Since I started BF, she has had all the foremilk/hindmilk imbalance symptoms, except not gaining weight. She has been gaining weight properly. Because of the diarrhea, we took her to the doctor, and they found microscopic blood. Also, they said she has acid reflux and wanted us to start her on Zantax. We said No to Zantax, because she wasn't spitting up much. 

They told me to stop bf and start her on a formula. (Similac - alimentum) for the past 2 days she has been under SO much pain, her spits up have stopped. However, she has severe pains, can't sleep, very tired, no fever. We have called the doctor 2x and due to the holiday - we have been speaking to a nurse who tells us not to BF and speak to the physician when they are open. 

I don't know what to do, all the information that I have read and friends stated that I just continue to BF. Any advice..?"

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Jan 02, 2012

Don’t stop breastfeeding by: Just another mom 

“Hi Gladis

I think you should continue breastfeeding, breast milk is the best for baby. 

I think it is wrong when the doctors tell moms to stop breastfeeding, as if those formulas are going to be better than the breast milk! It just doesn't make sense to me. 

I heard that most doctors only get about an hours training on breastfeeding! So they really are ignorant about it. 

Try using the advice on this site on foremilk hindmilk imbalance and see how things go. That's what I would do."

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Jan 04, 2012

Response to Gladis by: Katie 

"My son is having the exact same problems as your daughter. 

While I don't know if he has reflux, he does exhibit all symptoms of a hindmilk/foremilk imbalance. Very gassy and fussy after feedings, green liquidy poop, explosive poop while breast-feeding, and feeding quite often. 

I read somewhere that you can try to pump out some of the foremilk before feeding so that the baby is getting more hindmilk, and to leave baby on one breast as long as possible- basically let the baby control the feeding. This is what I'm going to try...hoping it works! 

I ran out and bought a cheap manual pump today. (I have been and am planning on exclusively breast feeding from the breast, so I don't need a fancy electric pump.) I went with the Tommee Tippee/ Closer to Nature brand- mainly because the bottle nipple that comes with the kit is shaped like a breast/nipple. Good luck!"

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Jan 06, 2012

Dairy Sensitivity? 

by: Anonymous

"Hi Gladis,

I wonder if the blood in the stool is because your baby has a sensitivity to the dairy in your diet. My baby was having acid reflux issues and once I cut out dairy (it takes about a week to get all of the dairy proteins out of your system) she was a much happier baby, spit up less, slept better, etc.

A word of warning: dairy is hidden in a lot of food items.

Best of luck to you."

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Jan 08, 2012

Maybe it is reflux after all? 
by: Katie 

"Gladis,

Because I was concerned about foremilk/hindmilk imbalance, I decided to call a lactation consultant. After two hours of observing my son feed (and what he was like after feeding) she concluded that I have an over active let down (causing him to choke and swallow air (making him very gassy), but also that he has mild reflux.She guessed reflux because after feeding he'd become very uncomfortable and that discomfort would worsen as time went on, he'd make a swallowing noise and get the hiccups, breathing sounded wheezy, etc. Not all babies with reflux spit up...the milder type is mostly just the stomach acid rising in their esophagus, causing them pain. 

Formula would probably make this worse- that's my guess. Sounds like your doc isn't very supportive of breastfeeding.I would urge you not to stop breastfeeding. Have you thought about a lactation consultant?They have the ability to observe the situation from start to finish whereas the doctor does not. Though I know an LC can be costly. Or, call your local La Leche league leader. They are very knowledgeable and will gladly listen to your issues and try to help you. Their advice is free!"


Acid Reflux in Infant Babies Forumn


Infant massage has been found to help. Gentle massage can help to alleviate pain and discomfort. Massaging your baby's skin will stimulate the nerveous system, including the Vagus nerve. This nerve controls the digestive system. Our page on massage advantages, techniques and step by step videos. 

Try Dr Harvey's Cuddle cure to calm a baby. Watch the video here.

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