#HLWDK Daily Health Tips: Vomiting After Breastfeeding

Q: Good morning Doc. Please, what will I do? Anytime I finish giving my child breast milk and keep him on his bed, he will vomit all the milk. After a little while, he will begin to search for another feed, but he is healthy. Please, tell me what to do because he stresses me.

A: Thanks for writing in.

Please don’t be stressed 🙂

 The post below written in response to a mum like yours, should answer your question. Enjoy….

Q: Good afternoon Dr Ketch. I have a 3-week old son who vomits sometimes after breastfeeding. Please I will like to know what causes it and what I can do to remedy it. I intend to do 6months exclusive breastfeeding. Thank you and remain blessed

A: Hi dear, congratulations on your new baby. This baby will do super-amazing awesome things…Amen!

Now, is your baby ‘vomiting’ or spitting up the milk? Bear in mind, that when I say spitting up, it’s not the type that you and I do. Spitting up in babies refers to an easy flow of the milk your baby just took out of his mouth accompanied by a burp sometimes. Vomiting, however, is more forceful and would move a couple of inches more from the baby’s mouth.

What causes reflux? There is a ring of muscle that separates the stomach from the esophagus (the food pipe). In babies, this muscle is not well developed and so allows food that has moved into the stomach to sometimes come back up. This would continue, sometimes, up till when the baby is about 12 months but is more common within the first 3 months of life. It is also common in babies who are over-fed 

You can help to reduce this by

  • Feeding your baby in an upright position and keeping baby upright, if possible, for a couple of minutes after breastfeeding
  • Burping your baby after meals
  • Feeding baby small and more frequent meals to prevent overfeeding at any meal time.For those bottle feeding, check that the hole in baby’s bottle teat is not too big.
  • You can also check to see whether your diet is culprit. If you suspect one, eliminate for at least a week and see if there is an impact.

If your baby, however, ‘vomits’ forcefully, is not gaining weight, gags, has difficulty swallowing or sleeping etc, please see his doctor for a review.

Please keep your commitment to the exclusive breastfeeding plan. It’s a sure winner. My love to your baby!

Have a great evening, y’all 😀

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