Oli6 Goat Milk Formula For Reflux: Why It Might Help

Regurgitation, also known as infant reflux, also known as your baby vomiting all over you several times a day, is usually quite harmless. More than half of all babies experience reflux symptoms to some extent, and in most cases it goes away by itself with time. 

Infant reflux isn’t typically linked to colic or time spent crying. But if you’re worried about your baby’s tendency to spit up after feeds, it’s always worth seeking medical advice and getting some strategies for managing it. 

Let’s dive into everything you need to know about reflux, including tips that might help with reflux when formula-feeding, and how other parents have found success managing reflux with Oli6.

First things first, what is infant reflux?

Infant reflux occurs when the contents of your baby’s stomach are regurgitated up the oesophagus and sometimes into the mouth (not to mention both of your outfits).

As already noted, it’s very common in little babies. It usually shows up before they reach eight weeks, and peaks at around four months. Infant reflux then tends to get better as babies learn to sit up independently, start to eat solids, and as the ring of muscle at the top of their stomach becomes strong enough to keep their stomach contents where they belong at around seven months old. 

Most babies tend to outgrow reflux (whether formula-fed or breastfed) by the time they reach their first birthday. It’s rare for them to still have it after 18 months of age, but it’s not unheard of.

When is infant reflux serious?

As long as your baby is feeding well, gaining weight and seems comfortable, a vomit here and there (or everywhere) isn’t anything to be concerned about. 

However, a small number of little ones may experience additional symptoms that indicate a more serious form of infant reflux referred to as gastro-oesphageal reflux disease (GORD). 

Symptoms to look out for are:

  • Irritability or excessive crying
  • Arching their back
  • Disrupted sleep or difficulty settling
  • Poor weight gain
  • Breathing and swallowing problems, such as gagging, choking, wheezing or frequent coughing.

If your baby is experiencing any of the above symptoms, it’s a good idea to visit your doctor or paediatrician. They might prescribe medication, or suggest other strategies like switching to a reflux-friendly formula.

What causes infant reflux?

There are several reasons why babies may experience infant reflux, including:

  • An immature digestive system – Especially small babies, including those born prematurely, may struggle to fully digest milk or formula. 
  • An allergy to cow’s milk – Around one in 50 babies have an allergy to cow’s milk and related dairy products. In some cases, this can trigger or worsen infant reflux symptoms.
  • Lactose intolerance – Some babies (and adults too) lack the enzyme lactase, which is needed to break down the milk sugar lactose. If your baby has a lactose intolerance they may experience similar symptoms to that of a cow’s milk allergy, including diarrhoea, vomiting, stomach pain and gas. 

Managing infant reflux in formula-fed babies

While your doctor or paediatrician can advise on the best way for you to manage infant reflux, here are some changes you can make that may help.

Keep your baby upright
Gravity can give you a helping hand with infant reflux, making it harder for acid to make its way back up your baby’s oesophagus. If you can, feed in an upright position, and keep them elevated for 20-30 minutes afterwards. 

 Try less frequent feeds more often
Too much formula at once or too often can also cause acid reflux. Try feeding your little one smaller amounts more often and see if this reduces their symptoms. Of course, check with your doctor before reducing feeds or changing feeding frequency.

Breastfeeding
While breastfeeding isn’t always an option, studies show that breastfed babies tend to experience infant reflux less commonly, and have shorter episodes of reflux than formula-fed babies. If you do breastfeed or mix feed and your baby has an allergy or intolerance, your doctor may recommend changes to your diet to see if this reduces reflux symptoms.

Try a more reflux-friendly formula
In some cases it may be that the specific makeup of the brand or type of formula you’re using simply doesn’t sit well with your little one’s tummy. Some parents find that switching formulas helps ease their baby’s infant reflux

There are lots of different formulas for reflux you can try, including goat’s milk, soy milk, ‘pre-digested’ formulas and formulas with added compounds. 

What’s the best formula for acid reflux?

The best reflux formula for your little one will depend on what’s causing the issue, and what sits well with them in general. This differs from child to child, of course.

With the popularity of goat’s milk formula on the rise, some people wonder if it can help with managing infant reflux. With Oli6 and other types of goat’s milk formula, little ones with sensitive tummies can experience a range of benefits. Goat’s milk formula aids digestion for a few reasons:

  • Smaller protein and fat molecules make it easier to process.
  • Lower levels of A1 beta-casein protein make it a suitable alternative for some children who have been clinically diagnosed with a cow’s milk allergy.
  • Less lactose than cow’s milk formula makes it friendlier for little tummies that are sensitive to lactose.

If you’re considering Oli6 Goat Milk Formula for reflux, you can compare it to other types of formula designed for sensitive babies.

Oli6 Goat Milk Formula for reflux: what our customers are saying

Lots of families have had great success managing reflux with Oli6. Check out these success stories.

Renee Abela found that Oli6 was the best formula for her son’s acid reflux.

We have tried 7 different formulas for my son as he has reflux and a sensitive tummy…. we decided to finally switch to goat milk formula. My fussy little guy is now drinking a whole bottle without fighting it, burps so easily, and seems so much more settled. He still spits up here and there, but nothing like he previously did with the other formulas.”

Kim M. would recommend Oli6 if a colic formula is what you need.

Would recommend to anyone struggling with a colic/silent reflux baby my poor baby boy struggled with the first 6/8 weeks we changed formula a few times but decided to try oli6 my beautiful 11 week old since has been a totally different baby… it’s honestly been so great.”

 Megan says managing reflux with Oli6 was the perfect choice for her baby. 

“…from the start she had reflux and seemed to always have an upset tummy. I wanted something gentle and easy on her stomach, I gave oli6 a go and my daughter took the bottle straight away and loved it! I tried another formula before going to this and it wasn’t as gentle and constipated her. So glad I came across Oli6.”

Annie wishes she had started using Oli6 goat milk formula for her baby’s reflux sooner.

“My son had digestion problems including reflux and he spat up a bit which was always really challenging to get him to settle… and thought I would try Oli6 – so glad we did. Reflux went almost immediately and he is now feeding and sleeping so much better which is such a relief to our family.”

You can read more about what our customers have to say about managing reflux with Oli6 on the trusted 3rd party review platform Product Review.

If your little one is experiencing infant reflux, Oli6 formula might help. Use our Stockist Finder to locate Oli6 Goat Milk Formula near you, and remember you can always chat to your paediatrician if you’re concerned about your baby’s health.

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