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Midwife tips against frequent spitting up

Spitting up often begins towards the end of the first month of life, when the portions of milk become larger. Small tricks can help against this.

Causes of Spitting up

Spitting up occurs because the baby's gastrointestinal tract has yet to develop and the muscle between the stomach and esophagus is usually too weak to hold the stomach contents. This is completely normal and nothing to worry about as long as your baby is gaining weight normally and not in pain when spitting.

Midwife tips against frequent spitting up:

  • Let your lactation consultant or midwife show you the right breastfeeding technique. Because if your baby latches on correctly, your child will swallow less air while drinking. 
  • Give your child several smaller milk meals throughout the day. So your baby's stomach doesn't get too full.
  • When feeding with the bottle, you can make sure that the opening of the teat is matched to the age of your baby and the consistency of the food in the bottle: If the food is more liquid, it should be smaller and if it is more viscous it should be a little larger. This means that less air will be swallowed.
  • Plan enough time for milk meals and take small breaks every now and then. A little burp in between relieves the stomach, and the swallowed air can escape.
  • Give your child a little rest after the meal and let them sleep instead of playing immediately afterwards. This can help keep the food in your child's stomach.
  • You do not necessarily have to lift your baby up and pat it on the back for "burping" every time - this can encourage spitting. Usually the air comes out on its own. Just give your child some rest after drinking.
  • When bottle feeding, the thickening of the formula in spitting children can help retain the stomach contents. Try our special product with dry rice gruel.



With almost 30 years of experience in the most beautiful job in the world!
As a home birth midwife, a clinic's head midwife, a development midwife in Madagascar, or a teaching midwife for the next generation. 

Birgit says:

"Seek and accept help!

Perhaps you, too, will find that the first time you spend with your child is both enchanting and stressful.
When children wake up frequently at night, parents frequently do not get enough sleep, sometimes for long periods of time.
You're exhausted, drained, and possibly depressed and hopeless.
Then tell your midwife or pediatrician about your anxious circumstances; they are familiar with the challenges parents face in the initial weeks of their child's existence and can help you find answers.
You can also get aid through parent-child groups, outpatient clinics, and early intervention programs.

And remember: you have already conquered a great deal in your life, you can do this!"

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