Is your breastfed baby spitting up a lot? Spitting up, is a normal part of any baby’s growth and development, regardless of whether a baby is being breastfed or formula fed.
Some babies will spit-up only a small blob of milk, while others seem to spit up 30ml or more at one time.
Spitting up is usually worse between two to four months of age. Most times babies will have learned how to keep their food down, by the time they begin sitting up on their own. Some babies take a whole year before they stop spitting up, it all depends on the individual baby.
Frequent vomiting in children over the age of one and a half, is not normal, they should be taken to the doctor for a check up.
What causes a baby to spit up?
- When breastfeeding, spitting up may be caused if Baby drinks too much foremilk.
- Infant acid reflux can cause regurgitation, but usually in larger amounts and more often than normal. Read more on how to know if your baby has infant reflux, what the GERD symptoms are, and how to handle acid reflux in the breastfed baby.
- It is not common for a breastfed baby to be overfed, but many times, a bottle fed baby may drink too much. For formula-feeding, find out how much formula you should be giving your baby for his/her age.
Read more about overfeeding the breastfed baby.
- Newborns need to be burped quite often, especially when bottle fed because of the fast flowing nipple. If Mom has a fast letdown while breastfeeding, Baby will need to be burped at least every five minutes while breastfeeding, to prevent him/her from swallowing air.
- An overactive letdown can cause your baby to gulp while nursing.
Read more about how to cope with an overactive letdown reflex. (milk that flows too fast)
If your baby is bottle fed and is spitting up formula, you can always buy a teat that has a smaller hole or fewer holes, to decrease the flow of the milk.
- Fussy babies will usually swallow more air than others.
Read more about how to handle a fussy breastfed baby.
Read more about how to calm a baby for breastfeeding.
- Food sensitivities, may cause some spitting up. Mom might be consuming something that is affecting her baby via the breast milk. Also, any extra things that a baby might be drinking or eating can affect him/her.
- If your baby has a cold, the mucus that is swallowed can cause Baby to spit up more.
- Breastfeeding mothers who drink too much caffeine, may be contributing to their baby’s regurgitation.
Baby spits up a lot? Tips on how to reduce spit up
- Breastfeed your baby, (or bottle feed Baby) in a more upright position. Semi reclined positions are quite helpful, as they help gravity guide the milk down into Baby’s tummy.
- In regards to breastfed babies and spitting up, try to breastfeed your baby in motion (while walking or rocking, if possible) Wearing your baby in a sling, has also been found to help reduce gas and acid reflux symptoms in babies.
- Avoid distractions while feeding your baby, this keeps him/her from moving around, which causes wind intake. Breastfeeding moms can use nursing necklaces to reduce distractions while breastfeeding too, which will reduce the incidences of Baby spitting up.
- Avoid handling your baby too roughly after feedings, the movement might cause the milk to surface.
- Have smaller, more frequent feedings, instead of long, far spaced feedings that are more difficult to digest.
- Avoid tight fitted baby clothing or anything that puts too much pressure on your baby’s tummy.
- A decrease in quantity of wet diapers accompanied with dehydration signs, such as a sunken fontanelle.
- Know the difference between spitting up and a baby throwing up. After spitting up, your baby should still seem happy, but vomiting, will always cause discomfort. Infant vomiting may occur from time to time, maybe because of a larger air bubble, but if your baby is vomiting more than usual and projectile vomiting, you should visit your pediatrician. Babies who projectile vomit more than once a day, may have pyloric stenosis, which is a stomach problem that requires surgery.
- If your baby is choking or hiccoughing a lot, with frequent burping and/or has bad breath, it is best to talk to your pediatrician about it.
- If your baby seems to be sleeping less, due to discomfort, you should also seek the advice of your pediatrician.
- If your little one cries a lot after feedings, it could be a sign of severe reflux.
- If your baby has difficulty eating, has poor weight gain, or refuses to breastfeed, you should get help.
- If Baby is spitting blood or green liquid. Your Baby spitting up blood, could be a sign of something much more serious.
Most of the time, when baby is frequently spitting up, it is not a health problem, but just a dirty laundry problem. ;-)
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