Spitting Up

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Babies often spit up because they ate too much or swallowed too much air while feeding.

For this reason, breastfeeding greatly reduces spitting up in infants. Infants that breastfeed usually take exactly the right amount of milk so they are less likely to be overfed. Formula is also very difficult for infants to digest so they are more likely to spit up the formula.

How can I help with spitting up?

  • Keep your feeding environment peaceful and relaxed.
  • Try smaller, more frequent feedings.
  • Feed in an up‐right position.
  • Keep baby upright for at least 20 minutes after feeding. Frequent carrying of baby will also help with digestion and prevent spitting up.
  • Be sure to take time to burp—when you switch breasts or after every 2‐3 ounces, and at the end of each feeding. This will keep air from building up in your baby’s stomach.
  • If bottle feeding, check the nipple to make sure it is the right size. Using a slower flow nipple can help prevent infant from over feeding.

When is it more serious?

Contact your baby’s doctor if your baby:

  • Isn’t gaining weight
  • Projectile spit‐up shoots across the room
  • Spits up more than a small amount at a time
  • Resists feedings
  • Seems hungry between feedings
  • Has fewer wet diapers than normal
  • Spits up green or brown fluid

Source: FDA, MedlinePlus

This post was last updated on December 16th, 2019 at 3:31 PM

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