Gas is very common among babies, regardless of how and what they are fed. However, babies who feed from bottles may experience more gas and discomfort after feeding than their breastfed peers.
This article contains information about how parents can help prevent gas and symptoms of bloating while bottle-feeding their babies.
Bottle feeding often causes more gas in babies than breastfeeding does because babies commonly ingest a lot of bubbles through bottles. Different types of formula contain different ingredients, and some ingredients may aggravate a particular baby’s tummy more than others.
Similarly, the bottle that a parent chooses to use can impact the amount of gas a baby has. Instead of being quick to blame the formula, parents may want to try bottles with venting systems to allow the release of air while the baby feeds.
Fortunately, there are many different ways that parents can prevent gas before, during, and after feeding sessions. There are certain formulas that are specially designed for gassy babies’ sensitive bodies. So, parents may want to shop around and try different formula options before settling on just one.
Once a formula is chosen, it may help to stir baby formula instead of shaking it while preparing a meal to reduce the number of air bubbles in the bottle. Parents who use a powdered formula that mixes better by shaking should allow the bubbles to settle before feeding.
During feeding, parents should hold the baby upright and tilt the bottle in a way that the entire nipple is filled with formula. A nipple with a slower flow may help to prevent too much formula from being released at once, which is a common cause of gas. Without a good angle, a baby will suck in excess air and get more gas. A nursing pillow may help parents achieve a better feeding position.
Parents should not wait until after the feeding session is over to burp the baby because frequent burping during feeding helps relieve gas. Babies who are crying, babbling, or gulping will take in more air and typically require more burping time.
It is also important to burp a baby after feeding and be patient if a belch doesn’t happen right away. Parents may also want to try PediaCare’s Gas Relief Drops to help relieve a baby’s symptoms of painful or uncomfortable gas. This fast-acting liquid formula is safe enough to use at every feeding and can be dispensed into a baby’s mouth toward the inner cheek.
After feeding, it can be beneficial and fun for parents to give their baby a mini-workout by helping pump the legs back and forth while on the back. Changing positions to encourage tummy time, and even giving baby a warm bath, can help relieve excess gas too.
But if none of these strategies brings the baby relief from gas, parents need to look closer at the formula being used with the help of a pediatrician. Simply switching brands or types of formula can make a huge difference in how a baby feels after eating!
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