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How to prevent the baby from vomiting after feeding

Having a baby is a blessing and taking care of him is a huge responsibility. While breastfeeding, the baby might vomit out the food that needs to be taken care of.

 

Causes of Vomiting Milk after Feeding

 

It is common for babies to vomit after feeding. Vomit usually contains milk and saliva coming from baby’s mouth and is caused due to several reasons like:

  • Overfeeding:

Baby either drinks too fast or too much milk causes them to revert back the food through vomiting.

  • Swallowing air while feeding:

Babies drinking milk in a hurry often swallow some air with it as well.

  • Sensitivity towards certain foods:

Baby might have an allergy to certain foods in your diet that is transferred to breast milk. If the baby has an allergy to the milk then it might have some of the following symptoms as well.

  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Skin rashes
  • Hives
  • Diarrhoea
  • Gasping or panting
  • Cough

 

  • Lactose intolerance:

Lactose intolerance is a digestive disorder caused due to the inability to digest lactose. It is different from an allergy to milk and has the following symptoms:

  • Swollen stomach
  • Growling of stomach
  • Diarrhoea or liquid poop
  • Stomach cramps
  • Gassiness
  • Constipation

 

  • Stomach Bug:

The baby might vomit due to a stomach bug also known as gastroenteritis or stomach flu. The symptoms of the stomach bug are:

  • Crying
  • Mild fever
  • Swollen stomach
  • Growling of stomach
  • Diarrhoea or liquid poop
  • Stomach cramps

 

  • Baby Reflux:

Babies might have acid reflux or indigestion as stomach and food tubes are still getting used to the milk. Baby reflux occurs when the milk comes up back to the baby’s throat and mouth causing irritation and triggering vomiting.

 

  • Constipation:

The baby may suffer from constipation with symptoms such as:

  • Gassiness
  • A hard stomach
  • Dry and dark poop
  • Staining very hard without pooping
  • Taking more than 3 to 4 days to poop
  • A swollen stomach
  • Small poop

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Tips to Avoid Vomiting Milk after Feeding

 

Below mentioned are some of the ways to avoid baby vomiting milk after feeding.

  1. Feed in a Calm Surrounding

While feeding the baby, avoid any distractions, noise or bright lights and keep the surrounding calm as possible.

Make sure that the baby doesn’t get engaged in playing right after feeding.

  1. Burping the baby

Burping the baby helps in releasing air from his stomach that he might swallow while feeding. This makes the baby more comfortable and more space is created in his stomach for milk.

Babies drinking breast milk tend to swallow less air than babies drinking through bottles and hence may not require burping after or during every feed.

But if the mother has a fast flow of milk or an abundance of milk supply then they might have vomiting problems and require burping. Burp your child after every 1 or 2 ounces while feeding.

There are some rare cases where the babies vomit due to burping.

 

  1. Manage a strong letdown

If you face a strong letdown reflex, the milk from your breasts might flow quite fast for the baby. Try to feed in a reclined position such that the baby is drinking milk against gravity.

You can also try pumping some of the milk beforehand so that it slows the flow of milk while feeding.

  1. Experiment with positions

If your baby isn’t comfortable with a certain position, try different positions while breastfeeding.

Also, after feeding is over, position your baby’s head upright and elevated for about 30 minutes.

 

  1. Avoid Long Breaks During Feeding

Don’t keep too much of a gap between feedings. If your baby is very hungry, he may swallow the milk quickly and might take some air in it as well. Fix a quantity of milk to be fed and set a timetable for feeding.

 

  1. Relieve engorgement before feeding

It is possible that you either have too much milk supply or not enough milk to fulfil your baby’s needs. In this case, your breasts might be engorged.

It makes your breasts full and hard. Due to this, the baby is unable to drink milk properly or face a problem with getting a good grip around the nipple.

Due to this, the baby might swallow some air.

You can use a pump or express some milk before you feed your baby so that it is able to drink properly and swallow less air.

 

  1. Avoid Overfeeding

Make sure that you don’t overfeed your child. Always feed your baby in smaller amounts more frequently.

Even after all this, the baby still vomits then it is recommended to visit a paediatrician and get it treated.

 

 

Final thought

Vomiting milk after feeding is quite normal. but if it is in excess and has problems like mentioned in the article then you should be cautious and look after it.

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