Newborn Baby Throwing Up After Drinking Formula. What Is Wrong?
My baby is drinking about 3 oz/feeding. She throws up and gasps, like she can’t breathe well. She also coughs and chokes. What’s wrong with her? She’s 3 days old.Baby Help Line:
Tips When Newborn Baby Chokes On Formula
Poor girl! Here are a few possible reasons and what to do:
- Could it be that the teat hole is too big so that the milk flows too fast for her? To test this, turn the full bottle upside down without shaking. If the milk flows instead of drips, the teat hole is too large. Try a teat with a sligthly smaller hole and see if it helps.
- If the teat hole is not an issue, it can also be that she has some degree of acid reflux, which is when the stomach fluid travels back into the throat too easily. This is quite common among young babies and even more so among preemies. You can try to feed your baby in a more upright position and with less formula at each feeding and see if it helps. (You need to feed your baby more frequently of you cut down the amount she received at each feeding.) If she continues to spit up very frequently, discuss acid reflux with her doctor. In most cases, (except for the very severe cases, when the baby is in serious pain or not thriving), no medication is needed.
- Since your little girl is only three days old, it may also be that she simply hasn’t really got a hang on how to drink from a bottle yet. (Much like the latching on issues for a breastfed baby.) Try not to worry, provide a calm environment, skin and eye contact and try to feed her before she is starving and furious – not many babies manage to eat properly when upset.
If none of this helps, get back to me. (And congratulations on your daughter!)
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