Our video is presented by Melissa Little, Paediatric Dietitian
Bottle-fed babies may take in more wind than breastfed babies. It’s worth seeing if a different bottle or a different feeding position suit your baby better if they are suffering from trapped after a feed.
One thing you can do to prevent your baby swallowing excessive air is to make sure you do not shake the bottle too energetically if you are mixing up a formula feed for your baby or let the bottle stand for a little while before feeding to allow the bubbles to disperse.
Another key point is to feed them responsively, that is not allowing them to be so hungry they cry before they are fed because crying babies often swallow down air which can become trapped in the tummy as they feed. Many parents find that recognizing signs earlier that baby is getting hungry, means they are calmer when feeding and don’t gulp or take in the air as they drink their bottle.
To burp your baby keep them upright for a feed; either over your shoulder or on your knee. Massaging their back can sometimes help to bring up a burp but in time, you will soon learn the best way to burp your baby.
Being upright is best for your baby after a feed. Hold baby with their head on your left shoulder and their bottom at the base of your ribs, leaning forwards against you. The pressure and warmth on baby’s abdomen will help air to get up and out.
If they are very sicky (bringing up a lot of milk, or vomits or possets a lot), make sure you take the time to burp them after a feed or a break in a feed and try keeping them upright after a feed either in your arms or in a soft sling.
If you are worried about how much milk your baby is bringing up, especially if they seem uncomfortable while it’s happening, you can talk to your midwife, health visitor or GP.