Bringing Back Milk After A Feed

Bringing Back Milk After A Feed

Seeing your baby bring back some milk after a feed can be a bit scary if you're not used to it, but it is quite common in babies. Just be ready with that bib! 

My baby keeps bringing up breast milk

Many babies can bring back or regurgitate a small amount of breast milk, quite often with wind during or just after a feed. Every baby is different; some bring up more breast milk than others. It's quite normal and usually it's not enough to affect their nutritional intake. If they bring up a large amount, they may want to feed more often.

A small amount of liquid looks like a lot when it spills (drip 2 or 3 teaspoons of milk onto the kitchen table and see how it looks) but there's really no need to worry if your baby is growing well and thriving.

How long will my baby do this for?

Babies who bring back the breast milk tend to continue until about 6 months of age. At this point they will probably start to grow out of it and will start to be weaned so they'll be eating more solid food. But for the first six months, do keep lots of bibs and cloths handy to protect both of you!

How can I help my baby bring back less breast milk after a feed?

It is possible to reduce the amount of regurgitated milk by:

• Being extra gentle when handling and winding your baby.

• Keeping your baby upright for around 20 minutes or more after breastfeeding.

• Trying to avoid changing their nappy if they have a full stomach.

• Giving smaller feeds more frequently.

However if your baby is bringing up a lot of breast milk or you are concerned about the amount of regurgitation, then don't hesitate to talk to your doctor.