Baby Spitting Up Curdled Milk
(Sparr, FL )
My baby boy is 5 weeks old. He is eating 4 oz every 3-4 hours. He is spitting up alot. He was on breast milk but after he was spitting up what looked like curldled milk his doctor said to try formula. He is doing the same thing. I'm not sure what to try now.
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First of all, the milk becomes curdled when mixed with the acidic stomach fluid. So curdled milk doesn't have to be a problem. Many young babies spit up a bit of curdled milk now and then.
But curdled milk in combination with very frequent vomiting may be a sign that something is not completely right.
Here are a few possible causes:
- Your boy has intolerance to for example lactose or milk protein.
- He may suffer from acid reflux.(Quite a common condition among newborn babies, where the gastric juices containing acid can travel back from the stomach into the throat - painful). (You'll find several tips for feeding a baby with reflux in this thread.
- Pyloric Stenosis - a condition where the lower part of the stomach is too low for the foods to travel over into the intestines. Projectile vomiting of milk that may or may not be curdled, weight loss, and constipation are some of the signs of pyloric stenosis. This condition needs treatment and surgery.(You can read more about pyloric stenosis at KidsHealth.org)
This is not a full list, of course, just some examples.
If it is reflux, changing to formula doesn't generally help. Instead, things like not feeding your baby too much at the time, feeding him in an upright position, avoid foods (for you if you breastfeed) that can aggravate reflux such as citrus, tomatoes, fatty foods, spicy foods, and carbonated drinks. (Learn more about foods to eat and avoid while breastfeeding here.
) There is also some medication available.
Obviously no one can tell if your baby does have reflux without examining him and there may be other reasons for his spitting up. I think you should take him back to his doctor (or to another one if you don't think you get enough support from this one).