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Q&A: Breastfed Baby Spits Up A Lot

Wendy Goldenthal, Certified Breastfeeding Counselor


Q I have a new Grandaughter that is 3 weeks old. She is being breastfed and is gaining weight ok, but my question is: She burps, and spits up quite a bit. She also gets the hiccups after feedings. Do you know a reason for this and should we be concerned? When she went for her checkup the pediatrician said it is normal. Does that mean she is not latching on quite right and swallowing a lot of air? If that is the case what can a person do to help the problem?

A Thanks for writing, and I certainly understand your concerns. It is normal for breastfed babies to spit up and have hiccups occasionally. It sounds like the pediatrician checked out the baby and was correct in answering your concerns. In the beginning weeks of nursing, babies are just learning to latch on, and therefore, they do tend to get a bit of air in their systems. As long as the baby is gaining weight, then you'll know that the baby is latching on properly and nursing well.


A Certified Breastfeeding Counselor with eight years of experience. She is the founder and owner of Nursing Mothers Supplies, a website where breastfeeding mothers can purchase breastfeeding supplies and get a little advice as well.

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