Although my babies are breastfed and nurse when they need to, there have been times that we needed to use bottles. When my first daughter was born she had to supplement because my milk didn’t come in quick enough. She had jaundice, which happens frequently as a newborn and we needed to supplement with formula before she could be exclusively breastfed. Around that time is when we also started noticing that she was having some colic and acid reflux. We realized then just how important it is to have a good bottle on hand.
If you are supplementing you not only need a bottle with a nipple that is natural enough for the baby to be able to transition from bottle to your breast, but you also need one that can help prevent gas and colic. I wish we had known then what we know now. The Playtex Baby™ VentAire® do just that.
5 Ways to Prevent Colic in Babies
1. Use an anti-colic bottle – The Playtex Baby™ VentAire® Bottles with the drop-ins have a unique Anti-Colic Bottom Vent helps prevent air ingestion for less gas, spit-up and fussiness. Gas pains and colic happen when the baby swallows too much air, so minimizing that helps prevent the pain from gas bubbles.
2. Read hunger signals – Watch for signs your baby is starting to get hungry. Some signs could be suckling fingers or their hands, or lip smacking – these are adorable by the way 🙂 but they could all mean that your baby is hungry. Once you start to see signs, feed them right away. Waiting will only lead to a frantic feeding and will cause baby to swallow more air in the process.
3. Feed baby in an upright position – Pediatricians recommend never feeding your baby while the baby is lying on their back. Have you ever tried eating or drinking while laying down? Things don’t go down so smoothly. It’s the same way with babies. Babies can sometimes get ear infections due to feeding this way. The Playtex Baby™ VentAire® bottle design promotes semi-upright feeding which is much more comfortable for your baby.
4. Don’t overfeed – Overfeeding can cause babies to swallow air and can lead to gassiness. Look for signs your baby is full. Some signs could be pausing while eating, lighter suckling and no longer sucking his hands or fingers.
5. Don’t shake the bottle – Shaking the bottle causes air bubbles that your baby will swallow while feeding! This is something that seems so obvious to me yet I was doing this and didn’t even realize! Rather than shaking the bottle try stirring it instead.
As part of the #PlaytexMoms group this year, we are helping moms and dads strive #ForBetterBeginnings.
It’s hard to see your little one in pain and fussy and this phase can be really tough on parents. But try to remember that it’s not something that will last forever and there is light at the end of the tunnel. It’s also important to follow up with your pediatrician if you suspect colic so they can rule out any other health issues.