Re: Spit up/reflux - what is normal?
Welcome to the forum and congratulations on the new baby!
IMO, the most probable explanation for the increased spit-up frequency is that your supply has increased "a fair bit." The more milk you have, the faster it tends to come out, and the faster the milk comes out, the more likely it is that baby will gulp down some air or fill her tummy so full that a spit-up event is more likely. Have you been doing anything that would cause a sudden increase in supply, e.g. pumping or taking supply-increasing herbs? Perhaps the baby just went through a growth spurt and a bout of frequent feeding? That can also increase supply.
When a baby's spit-up is curdy, that only indicates that the milk has been down in the tummy for a while before it came back up; exposure to stomach acid and digestive enzymes is what causes the curds to form. The poops sound totally normal for a breastfed baby.
Things to try:
- reclined feeding- use gravity to slow the milk flow and baby may swallow less air
- feed on demand- you should always do this but if you've been trying to stretch out the time between feedings, that could explain the increase in spit-up
- try burping the baby in between breasts
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