Reflux and regurgitation

Baby with reflux
Almost 40% of infants have reflux which could be related to cows' milk allergy

Reflux occurs when a baby brings up milk during, or shortly after feeding.
Regurgitation is the backwards flow of milk from the stomach into the mouth, which is often ‘spat out’ by a baby. Regurgitation is not the same as vomiting, which is when milk is forced out from a baby’s stomach. Reflux and regurgitation are common in babies and generally resolve by 12 months of age.


Why does my baby have reflux or regurgitation?

Occasionally, baby reflux and regurgitation can be caused by a food allergy such as Cows’ Milk Allergy (CMA). Having an immature digestive tract, lying flat most of the time and consuming an almost entirely liquid diet may also contribute to baby reflux and regurgitation.


Could my baby have Cows' Milk Allergy?

Babies with CMA usually experience more than just one symptom and these symptoms can be very different from one another.
If you think that your baby has reflux or regurgitation, it may be CMA. You may have even noticed other symptoms (besides reflux and regurgitation), which may affect other parts of your baby’s body.
For a simple and easy way to understand the symptoms associated with CMA, you can use our symptom checklist.



This will allow you to select all the symptoms that your baby may have that can be cows’ milk-related. You can then discuss these with your doctor.


In any case, if you have any doubts or concerns about your baby’s health, you should always seek advice from a medical professional as soon as possible. The information on this website should not replace medical advice from a medical professional.


OTHER SYMPTOMS OF COWS' MILK PROTEIN ALLERGY

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Breastfeeding is the best form of nutrition for babies and provides many benefits to babies and mothers. It is important that, in preparation for and during breastfeeding, you eat a healthy, balanced diet. Combined breast and bottle feeding in the first weeks of life may reduce the supply of your own breastmilk, and reversing the decision not to breastfeed is difficult. Always consult your healthcare professional for advice about feeding your baby. The social and financial implications of using infant formula should be considered. Improper use of an infant formula or inappropriate foods or feeding methods may present a health hazard. If you use infant formula, you should follow the manufacturer’s instructions for use carefully – failure to follow the instructions may make your baby ill. Formula for special medical purposes intended for infants must be used under medical supervision.