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Handling Babies Spitting Up Milk
Most babies tend to spit up milk after every feeding.
This is because most of the infants suffer from gastro esophageal reflux
until they are six months old. However, there may not be any cause to
worry if the baby is gaining weight properly and does not seem to suffer
from it. Babies spit up for lots of other reasons, such as, gagging when
the milk lets down quickly and forcefully, oversupply of milk, immature
muscle control, allergy, and disease. Most of the times, the reason for
the spitting up cannot be found and most babies outgrow the spitting up
stage within 4-6 months. Research has shown that breast-fed babies have
fewer and less chances of reflux as compared to formula-fed babies. The
reason is, breast milk is digested twice more quickly than formula milk.
If your baby seems healthy and is growing normally, then try these tips
for minimizing spitting up:
- Burping the baby frequently may reduce the spit up tendency and
the resulting mess.
- Mostly, spitting up is not due to dietary problems in infants.
So, making changes in formula or changing the diet of the
breastfeeding mom is of little help. However, you may still consult
your pediatrician about thickening the formula, expressed breast
milk and feeding rice cereal in tiny amounts.
- Shift the position of the baby to upright whenever you feed
her/him and keep her/him upright up to half an hour after the
- Don't feed much, as smaller and more frequent feedings are easier
- Try offering one breast per feeding. You can also try taking him
off the breast and putting him back after the initial flow of milk
- If you are giving him supplemental vitamins, iron, or fluoride,
then immediately discontinue them as most breastfed babies don't
need vitamin supplements.
- If you are taking herbal or vitamin supplements, try to stop them
and see if it makes a difference in the spit-up.
- If your baby has just started having new food, stop offering it
as this may be the cause for spit- up.
You have to experiment with these suggestions because
the reason for spit -up may be different from one baby to another, and
what works for one baby may not work for another. So, keep on trying
different tips until you find the right one for your baby. If these tips
fail to work, you should consult a doctor and should try medicine which
reduces stomach acid and speed up the time that milk takes to pass into
the intestine of the baby. A commonly used medication which reduces
stomach acid is Zantac. If all other treatment fails, only then surgery
is advisable. If your baby spit-up milk and has reflux, don't panic and
try to keep a positive attitude. You should remember that spitting up
and reflux almost occurs in healthy babies who just need some more time