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My baby is vomiting after formula feeding! What to do next?


It’s quite normal for your baby to vomit after formula feeding. Why does this happen? And how can you help your baby have a comfortable feeding?


Why Does Your Baby Vomit After Formula Feeding?


1. Overfeeding


Formula feeding through a baby bottle allows milk to flow quickly. When this happens, your baby will drink milk fast and his/her small stomach would be full.

Your baby will have no other option than to vomit the milk as a way to calm the stomach.

So, it’s important for your baby to have small feedings and have time to burp properly. More details on this below.


2. Not Burping Properly


When your baby is feeding, they can also swallow air during the process. When there is too much air in your baby’s stomach, this can cause vomiting.

So, make sure you allow your baby to burp after feeding.

What are other causes of baby vomiting after formula feeding?

3. Constipation


If your baby is not pooping for more than 3 – 4 days, it might be that he/she is constipated.

Since your baby is formula feeding, it’s advisable that he/she poops at least once a day to reduce constipation.

So, vomiting after formula feeding in addition to a bloated stomach or doing an effort to poop might be a sign of constipation.


How To Stop Your Baby From Vomiting After Formula Feeding



  • When  your baby turns his/her head away from the milk bottle, it’s a way for telling you that he/she is full. So, don’t continue the feeding. 


  • Use a small baby bottle that is enough for a few ounces of milk, and stop feeding when the bottle is empty. Also, empty milk bottles can increase air swallowing.


  • Make sure your baby is drinking slowly and allow time for burping after feeding.


  • Some ingredients in baby formula might make your baby’s stomach uncomfortable. So, check with your pediatrician if you can change to another baby formula. 


  • Check with your pediatrician if your baby requires more than 32oz of formula milk per day. If this happens, it might be a sign of overfeeding which can cause vomiting.


  • Make sure your baby is hydrated enough with water. If your baby is already eating solid foods, he/she can eat high fiber foods like peaches, pears, and skinless apples.


To Wrap Up


It’s normal for babies to vomit after their formula feeding. This can be either from overfeeding, not burping properly or even constipation.

We hope that these tips can help your baby be comfortable while feeding.

Remember! Consult with your baby’s pediatrician if the vomiting continues for a long time.


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