My Baby has gas, colic, and/or spits up, what is the best thing to do?
An upright feeding position with your baby will help support digestion and help ease and reduce these symptoms.
Keeping your baby’s spine straight, having your baby’s legs extended, and body in an upright position has been the recommendation of many physicians for helping to reduce the symptoms of reflux. This allows for maximum flow of milk to enter the baby’s intestines while you are feeding, so there is less chance of it coming back up.
Our Pillow angle which is less then 30 degrees is designed to allow for maximum adjustments to support your baby’s needs.
Some babies need less then 30 degrees and some need more, even up to 45 degrees angle.
If you find your baby needs more or less angle then our pillow in its natural position, we suggest that you use a pillow from around your house and place it underneath our pillow or by tucking the thin end our pillow between your thighs. The goal is to create the right angel for your baby with a firm, and straight surface.
Simple adjustments to your feeding practices can yield big results if your baby has reflux and other related discomforts
- Explore more feeds in a 24 hour period and less volume per feed.
- This can help relief and ease your baby’s digestion by reducing the volume per feed. Also be sure to empty each breast before switching to the other. It’s easy to confuse a baby’s cry with cries of hunger and assume one breast is empty. However, by switching to a full breast before the first one is completely emptied your baby ends up overfeeding, consuming more foremilk than hind milk, and your body ends up producing an oversupply of breast milk.
- Your baby may have reactions to foods that you are eating, however your baby is not allergic to your own breast milk and therefore we always encourage breastfeeding and pumping for your baby.
Watch out for tight diapers and other clothing. Try to keep pressure off your baby’s stomach.
Watch out for different carrying and burping positions that put more pressure on baby’s tummy. Including carriers and bouncy seats that can negatively impact your baby’s positioning and create unnecessary pressure on the stomach
Ask for Support
Seeking help from those with experience around Colic and Reflux can be a life saver during this time. For example contact a local doula who can be very helpful to your learning and resolving the challenges. Make sure to eat healthily and get sleep whenever possible. This is your moment to enjoy. So make it a priority to ask for support and try to do all you can to take care of yourself as well. Most importantly find ways to enjoy these precious moments.