BREAST FEEDING – COMMON FEEDING PROBLEMS OF THE BABY

 

REGURGITATION

Regurgitation soon after feeds may be normal in babies. It is often due to:

  • faulty feeding technique
  • swallowing of air by the baby while feeding.

As the air is expelled, part of the feed, looking like curd also comes out. Unlike vomiting, the expulsion of stomach contents is without force. Propping up the baby and proper burping ( breaking of the wind) after each feed usually reduces regurgitation. The baby must be held upright against the shoulder and stroked on the back or made to sit up in the lap with support and the back should be gently tapped for at least 5 to 10 minutes to eructate the swallowed air before he/she is put back to bed.

In bottle fed babies, the feeding bottle should be held in such a way that the teats should always be kept filled up with milk, while the baby is sucking to prevent swallowing of air.