This is a problem which mainly affects the very young. It involves the rejection of a variable amount of milk after feeding. When not in large quantities, regurgitating is harmless and nothing to worry about. It is generally related to immaturity of the small valve supposed to prevent the contents of baby’s stomach coming back up, which will become more and more responsive. If regurgitation seems to be causing discomfort (crying, etc.) or large quantities are coming up, consult the doctor.
Is there a solution?
- Ensure that there is not too much liquid in the baby bottles. It is preferable to give smaller bottles more often, to reduce pressure in the stomach.
- Take the time to burp baby at the middle and end of the bottle.
- If the problem persists, anti-regurgitation infant milks are available. The doctor can prescribe them for you: they have a thicker formula which has been developed under the supervision of paediatricians to reduce reflux.