Is baby spitting up normal?
Spitting up, sometimes called physiological or uncomplicated reflux, is common in babies and is usually (but not always) normal. Babies often spit up when they get too much milk too fast. This may happen when baby feeds very quickly or aggressively, or when mom's breasts are overfull.
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- It's fine to give your baby room temperature or even cold formula. If your baby prefers warm formula place a filled bottle in a bowl of warm water and let it stand for a few minutes — or warm the bottle under running water. The formula should feel lukewarm — not hot. Don't warm bottles in the microwave.
- When the LES opens, the contents of the stomach can flow back into the esophagus, causing the infant to spit up or vomit. This is very common and does not usually cause other symptoms. However, constant regurgitation from acid reflux can sometimes cause damage to the esophageal lining.
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First of all, there's a difference between real vomiting and just spitting up. Vomiting is the forceful throwing up of stomach contents through the mouth. Spitting up (most commonly seen in infants under one year of age) is the easy flow of stomach contents out of the mouth, frequently with a burp.
- The normal spitting baby might spit up chunky “curdled” looking milk or it may look exactly like freshly pumped milk. Neither really mean anything, one was just in his tummy a little longer than the other. The normal spitting baby may be hungry after spitting up or he may not.
- Feed twice as often and half as much. Overfeeding is a common cause of hiccups. If the stomach distends too fast or becomes too full, this can trigger the diaphragm muscle to go into spasms. When breastfeeding, try slowing down feedings, and stop and burp your baby as you switch from one breast to the other.
- On average, a newborn drinks about 1.5-3 ounces (45-90 milliliters) every 2-3 hours. This amount increases as your baby grows and is able to take more at each feeding. At about 2 months, your baby may be taking 4-5 ounces (120-150 milliliters) at each feeding and the feedings may be every 3-4 hours.
Updated: 6th October 2019