Last weekend, I had two Mafia Mommy friends come over. One is 7 months pregnant with baby number 2. Of course, like any Mommy-to-be, she’s excited, glowing and a little nervous. Nervous? You would think that being pregnant with your 2nd baby, you’d be a seasoned pro by this time. Funny thing was, we sat around the coffee table, reminiscing about “all the stuff” that comes with a newborn- the “stuff” that life with a kindergartner has maybe let you forget- the sleepless nights, breast feeding, weaning, baby wearing, bottles, cribs, the fact that you won’t be going on vacation for the next year, teething and oh, yes- gassy babies.
Dealing with a gassy baby can be stressful, here you are a new mom, and your poor little baby is crying and uncomfortable and of course, all you want to do is make “everything better.” Did you know that babies can gulp in excess air while bottle feeding as well as by breast feeding? Bridget Swinney, RDN and author of Baby Bites has these helpful tips:
- While bottle feeding, make sure that the nipple opening of the bottle is not too big- this can cause babies to gulp air between large mouthfuls. Try tipping the bottle up so that the nipple is filled with milk and the baby doesn’t get any air.
- When breast feeding, a forceful let-down and an overabundant mild supply in breastfeeding can also cause baby to gulp in excess air.
- Check baby’s position: Keep baby upright while feeding and keep him/her sitting up for half an hour after feeding. Also make sure baby has a good latch on the breast or bottle.
- Burp your baby. Burp him/her more often if they are gassy- during and after feedings.
- Work it out. Baby massage and a baby “bike ride” (pumping legs back and forth while baby is on their back) can help get rid of extra gas. A warm bath can soothe both baby and mom.
Little Remedies for Tummy Gas Relief Drops and Little Remedies for Tummies Gripe Water can help relieve excess gas from food or swallowing of air. Mommy Mafia is a huge fan of Little Remedies products as Little Remedies products do not contain any artificial flavors, artificial colors or alcohol and are created with the very specific needs of children in mind. Another tip: a girlfriend of mine also swore by using dipping her son’s pacifier in Little Remedies Gripe Water before giving it to him before bedtime. She said that the little bit of Gripe Water was calming for him. What are some of your favorite “new Mommy” tips? Did you have a gassy baby? What helped for you and your baby?
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