FAQ: What is Reflux?.
The very common phenomenon of babies spitting up some milk right after or in between feeds is called ‘Reflux’.
Many infants spit up milk. It can be curdled sometimes. This is observed commonly and the reason is that - the digestive system of the babies are still not mature and therefore the milk, even after entering the stomach, can flow back up into the oesophagus (more commonly referred to as the food-pipe, connecting mouth and stomach) and from there into the mouth of the baby, causing the spit-ups. In most cases, these spit-ups are in small quantities and do not cause any discomfort to the baby. These babies are called happy spitters. They are seldom bothered by the spit-ups and are otherwise developing well. In such situations, reflux is not a reason to worry. Parents can still use some of the following tips to tackle the spit-ups.
Tips to address mild to moderate Reflux :
It is often mentioned that little bit of spitting up every now and then is common and normal. There isn't a cause of concern unless it is projectile vomiting. Let’s consider when spit-ups are not normal.
Excessive Spit-ups :
Excessive spit-ups are not normal when coupled with a lot of discomfort in the baby with low weight gain and poor growth. Some of the reasons for excessive spit-ups involve the following.
copyright © Breastfeeding Support for Indian Mothers
DISCLAIMER: THE FAQ ARTICLES ARE INTENDED AS A SOURCE OF BASIC INFORMATION AND AN EXTENSION OF SUPPORT FROM BREASTFEEDING PARENTS TO BREASTFEEDING PARENTS. IT DOES NOT CLAIM TO REPLACE ANY MEDICAL ADVICE.
* MEDICAL DISCLAIMER: THE ADVICE SUGGESTED BY THE LACTATION CONSULTANTS/STANPAN SAATHIS/WEBINAR HOSTS ARE THEIR OWN. TO ACCEPT AND TO ACT ON THOSE IS AT THE SOLE DISCRETION OF THE INDIVIDUAL WHO IS SEEKING SUPPORT. IN NO WAY SHOULD THE ADVICE GIVEN REPLACE A MEDICAL DIAGNOSIS OR ADVICE FROM A QUALIFIED PROFESSIONAL. IF THAT HAPPENS, IT'S AT THE SOLE DISCRETION OF THE INDIVIDUAL WHO CHOOSES TO DO THAT. BSIM WILL NOT BE HELD RESPONSIBLE OR LIABLE FOR ANY CONSEQUENCES.
WE UNDERSTAND AND ACKNOWLEDGE THAT PARENTS AND BABIES CAN BE OF VARIOUS GENDERS ON A SPECTRUM OF THE LGBTIQA+. FAMILIES COME IN DIVERSE FLAVOURS. HOWEVER, IN OUR ARTICLES, FOR THE SAKE OF SIMPLICITY AND CONVENIENCE, WE WILL BE REFERRING TO THE BREASTFEEDING PARENT AS THE MOTHER AND USING THE FEMALE PRONOUNS- 'SHE' AND 'HER' FOR BABIES. BABIES CAN BE NOURISHED AND NURTURED IN DIFFERENT WAYS AND WHILE WE HAVE USED THE TERMS BREASTFEEDING AND NURSING, WE RECOGNIZE THAT PARENTS CAN OPT TO CHEST FEED OR FINGER FEED.
We don't have conflicts of interests and declare and we are compliant with the WHO Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes and the IMS Act.