Why baby spits more after feeding

Why baby spits more after feeding
August 07 09:15 2016

You wonder if your baby spitting up after feeding is normal it is common in babies and it is usually a normal occurrence because their digestive systems are not yet mature which makes it easier for food content in the stomach to flow back up into the esophagus which links the mouth to the stomach.

Often times, when babies get too much milk/food too quickly, they spit up. This happens when the baby feeds too quickly or the mother’s breasts are too full. If the baby is one that does other things during breastfeeding he may swallow air in the process of pulling off the breast and looking around which will eventually lead to spitting. Some babies also tend to spit when they are just beginning to crawl, teeth or eating solid foods.

Some of the causes of excessive spitting up

  • Too much supply of breastmilk.
  • When a baby is sensitive to food especially when he gets something other than breastmilk or the mother is taking any medications, vitamins, herbs etc.
  • Also it is possible that babies who spit up more might be suffering from Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD). Although this is rarely seen in breastfed babies. Regular vomiting in newborns might be sign of pyloric stenosis which is a stomach problem and requires surgery. It is more common in boys thaan girls and symptoms aren’t obvious until the baby is 3 to 5 weeks old.


What to do to reduce spitting up

  • Breastfeed: Spitting up rarely occurs in breastfed babies and if at all it occurs, they usually have fewer episodes and less severe episodes at night than babies fed with formula. Breastfeeding is also good for babies that always spit up because it does not take long for breastmilk to leave the stomach thereby reducing the chances of a spit up happening as there is less time for the food to flow back up into the esophagus.
  • Keep your baby relaxed. The more relaxed he is, the lesser the chances of a spit up happening.
  • Reduce any exposure to all environmental tobacco smoke. This has proven to contribute to the occurrence of spitting up in babies.
  • Eliminate caffeine. If the mother takes caffeine in her diet, there is a high chance that her baby will experience spitting up from time to time.
  • Take note of allergies. Allergies like cow’s milk protein allergy have been a contributing factor to all GERD cases in babies below one year. Any child diagnosed with GERD are usually first tested for cow’s milk allergy.
  • Positioning: When a baby is lying on his back, reflux tends to be worse and many parents have also discovered that it is better when they carry their babies in a sling or some other type of baby carrier.
  • Don’t compress baby’s abdomen.
  • Experiment to figure out what’s best for your baby


Conclusively, if reflux medications are being administered to your child, keep in mind that the dosages should be monitored and adjusted from time to time as the baby grows.



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