During the baby’s first weeks of life, It is common for him to expel some milk after eating without differentiating if the baby is fed with the mother’s breast or with a bottle. We should not worry then, but if the problem persists and more when we are giving the baby the bottle, we may be doing something wrong so it will be good to consult the pediatrician and also resort to these tips to avoid regurgitation of the baby when it is fed with a bottle.
Tips to avoid regurgitation of the baby when it is fed with a bottle
The regurgitation has to do with release of small amounts of milk regardless of food. Regurgitation, in fact, can appear immediately after feeding or even after hours. In this case the milk curdles why it is in an advanced digestion phase.
If the baby is breastfeeding, it is possible that the regurgitation occurs because the newborn has taken more milk than he can digest in his stomach or because it is misplaced on the mother, but what about when is he bottle feeding? Usually the amounts of milk are much more “exact” or measured and the position does not usually vary as much. So let’s analyze the causes and see what to do for avoid that regurgitation after giving the bottle to the baby.
Check the holes in the nipple
First of all, to avoid regurgitation, it is necessary keep the bottle at an angle so that the nipple is always full of milk and the baby does not run the risk of swallowing air. In addition, it is necessary to check that the holes in the nipple are neither too narrow nor too wide, but they allow the regular passage of the milk.
In the market, they currently sell bottles that have various types of nipples, including those designed to precisely avoid regurgitation problems and also, anti colic, so it will be a good idea to bet on them.
Take short breaks during feeding
It is also advisable to accustom the baby to take breaks during feeding: thiso promotes digestion and prevents the baby from eating too much voraciously. You simply have to remove the baby from the bottle for a few seconds, two or three times per meal.
Don’t put your baby to bed right away
After the meal, it is better to keep the baby in an upright position: can be placed with the face on the shoulder, to stimulate burping and avoid regurgitation. Therefore, it is recommended wait at least fifteen minutes before changing or putting him to sleep in the cradle.
When the baby does not digest formula milk
There are many babies who, despite using the correct nipple and being fed as we have just indicated, continue to vomit or regurgitate a little milk after each bottle.. We even notice they spill some milk while they’re asleep. For what is this? What can we do?.
First of all, go to the pediatrician to explain the case and give us the best advice to proceed, since if in addition to the aforementioned the newborn baby suffers from colic, it is possible that the problem is that it does not digest milk well formula we are using and it may be necessary to change milk. Some formula is too heavy for a baby And sometimes you have to taste more than one milk before you find the right one.
On the other hand, The water used to make infant formula can also be too heavy. Try to use a different water and make it lighter. There are several on the market, including waters that are for newborns.
Position for the baby to digest and burp
Finally, it will be good to take into account the position of the baby to digest the milk taken through the bottle. We have already mentioned that it is important not to lay the baby down or put it down once it has eaten, but that it is better to wait a few minutes, and in addition to keeping it erect with his head resting on our shoulder, we can give him a light massage on his back so that he burps.
Or you can also keep sitting on your lap, supporting your chest and head well. As we mentioned, it will be good to keep him in an upright position for at least 10/15 minutes before putting him in the crib, but it will not hurt to watch him while he sleeps, at least the first hour to check if while he is sleeping he makes a little milk.
With the above, we can avoid the baby’s regurgitation after giving him the bottle, but parents should not be too alarmed either since regurgitations are common in the first months of the baby, but generally disappear on their own. If the baby is gaining weight, there is usually no need to worry. If the monthly growth is low or there is weight loss, it will be good to evaluate with the pediatrician what the problem is.
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