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What is posseting?

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Posseting is very common for babies. It happens after feeding when milk comes out of the baby’s mouth. The swallowed milk is brought up back to the oral cavity and out. It is not painful for the baby, but can cause some discomfort.

There are numerous causes of posseting. The most common are:
- weakened lower esophageal sphincter tension that occurs in most newborns and disappears after ca. 3-4 months after birth;
- overeating- sometimes the baby has such a big appetite that its small stomach simply cannot contain so much food and rejects it;
- milk oversupply - a baby with little sucking experience may be unable to keep up with a huge amount of milk that flows too fast;
- too short breaks between feeding - the baby isn’t hungry yet, but another portion of milk is already flowing into the stomach; wrong breastfeeding position.

Mothers of posseting babies often worry whether their babies are eating enough. Usually, there’s no reason to worry, as a baby normally brings up as much as 1-2 teaspoons of milk, which is unrelated to satiety. If your baby is growing and gaining sufficient weight according to its age, there’s nothing to worry about.

Posseting is usually perfectly normal, with no effect on the baby’s growth, and passes before you can really start worrying about it. But there are a few symptoms that you should pay special attention to. Consult a doctor if you see any of the following symptoms in your baby: your baby doesn’t gain enough weight; posseting is heavy and the baby is restless, cries, or has other symptoms suggesting pain and discomfort; choking while eating, coughing fits; frequent diarrhoea or constipation; milk allergy - in case of babies with an allergy, posseting occurs after each meal, which affects growth; the baby gains less weight than babies at the same age; some babies develop a rash; different milk colour (brownish or greenish) and heavy vomiting; posseting in a baby over 1 year old.

Make sure your baby is in a correct position while breastfeeding - it should be more vertical than horizontal; make sure your baby holds your breast properly and does not swallow air while eating; if you feed your baby with a bottle, make sure the aperture is not too big and the whole nipple is filled with milk - this way your baby won’t swallow air; avoid feeding your baby while it is crying, otherwise the baby can swallow more air; if you have an excessive milk supply, pump some milk beforehand, so that your baby doesn’t choke from too much breast milk while eating; after feeding, hold your baby in an upright position which will help it release the swallowed air. Do not lay your baby on its back after feeding, otherwise it may choke while posseting - the best position is on the right side; before feeding, cover your and your baby’s clothes with a cotton diaper cloth; after feeding, do not make any sudden moves, like changing your baby’s clothes or diaper.

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