Tips to Prevent Spit-Up During Feedings

Is your baby spitting up milk during or after feedings? It’s pretty common. Even the equivalent of just a couple tablespoons of milk, when mixed with saliva, can look like quite a lot. Most of your baby’s meal is in her stomach, so try not to worry that she isn’t getting enough..
If your baby has the spit-up habit, try to minimize the amount of air she swallows while eating:

  • Avoid feeding her while she’s crying (although if feeding quickly ends the crying, its OK).
  • Keep her upright on your shoulder after meals; gently pat her back to help bring up air. 
  • Try burping her midway through a meal, rather than waiting for 1 big burp at the end. 
  • If you’re using a bottle with formula or breast milk, tilt the bottle so the liquid fills the nipple and does not leave any air pockets. 

Disclaimer: This page is not intended to provide medical advice about your child. Always seek the advice of a physician, qualified healthcare provider or child-development specialist with any questions you have about your child's health, medical condition or development. Never disregard, avoid or delay contacting a doctor or other qualified professional because of something you read here.

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