This post has been sponsored by Gerber®. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Baby spit up is common. Messy and frustrating? Yes. But also quite normal.
Nearly HALF of all newborn babies have some sort of spit-up/reflux daily, so don’t be alarmed if your baby is one of them. Our first 2 children very rarely spit up but if you follow me on instagram, you’ll know that our third spits up enough for all three of them. That’s why we started using Gerber Soothe® Vitamin D & Probiotic Drops (more on that below).
Why Does My Baby Spit Up?
First, let me just say that I am by no means a doctor. I’m just a mama with a kid who spits up a whole heckuva lot, so I have some experience.
Let me start by stating the obvious: babies are new to this whole eating thing! Their digestive systems aren’t completely developed and sometimes, spitting up just comes with the territory. However, if your baby is still spitting up weeks/months after birth, then getting air while feeding is likely the culprit.
Common Reasons For Getting Air
If you’re breastfeeding:
- a fast flow (when the milk comes out faster than the baby can drink it).
- a poor latch (he/she often gets air in through the openings where not latched properly).
- an oversupply (he/she is getting more milk than needed, causing baby to spit up the excess).
If you’re bottle-feeding:
- not using the correct nipple (incorrect flow level).
- nipple is not tilted and could contain air.
Tips To Reduce Baby Spit Up
So now that we know why your baby might be getting excess air let’s look at 5 tips to reduce spit up.
- Sit your baby upright as much as possible. Doing so will help the milk (or formula) move down naturally.
- Burp the baby as soon as he pulls off the nipple. You don’t have to wait until you’re completely finished feeding. If the baby seems fussy while eating or pulls away at all, take the opportunity to burp him. Getting him to release air will help keep things moving. The sooner air is released, the less likely it will result in spit up.
- Try to keep distractions at bay. When babies are distracted, it often causes them to release or pull away which can cause air to mix into their feeding. Nursing/feeding in a quiet room with dim lights helps to calm babies so they can feed properly.
- Look for fullness cues like: Baby will no longer be interested in feeding. Rooting for your breast will stop. The baby will be calm and relaxed and often will fall asleep.
- Try a probiotic that has L. reuteri, like Gerber Soothe® Vitamin D & Probiotic Drops. (L. reuteri 17938 is the only probiotic clinically shown to reduce frequent spit-ups and crying time in colicky infants*.) If you’re breastfeeding like me, these drops are also great because they provide 100% of the Daily Value of Vitamin D as recommended by the AAP.
If your baby spits up a lot, it can be really frustrating—especially if you’re nursing. Our third baby is only 7 weeks old and has been spitting up pretty much every time he feeds. It makes feeding him in public pretty difficult. I never know exactly WHEN it might happen…which also means I never know when I’m going to be more exposed than I might like—fun!
I decided to give the Gerber Soothe® Vitamin D & Probiotic Drops a try for 2 reasons:
- The ease of use. Drops can be applied directly to the breast before nursing which is SO convenient. (I like to apply it at night so I can just keep it in my night-table.)
- It’s available (exclusively) online at Target. Need I say more? 🙂
I was pleasantly surprised to read that not only do these probiotics help with baby spit up but they also promote calcium absorption for healthy bone development*.
I ordered mine online during my recent Target binge, and we’ve been using it regularly for the last few days—so far, so good! I REALLY love that it can be applied directly to the breast. Honestly, I just feel so busy now with three kids 5 and under that anything that saves me time is a yes in my book.
Additional infant probiotics available at Target :
- Gerber® Gentle Everyday Probiotic Drops which helps to keep a balance of good bacteria in the digestive tract. (I plan to use this down the road once our spit up issue has resolved.)
- Gerber® Soothe Probiotic Colic Drops for breastfed babies experiencing excessive crying and colic. — exclusive to Target.com
*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
I hope that you found this post helpful. If you have any additional tips for reducing baby spit up, I’d love to hear them!
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