So what can you do if your baby suffers from reflux?
- First of all, it is important to seek advice and support. RISA is great source of information. Make sure to also seek professional advice and book an appointment with your midwife or paediatrician.
- Keep your baby upright during feeds and for at least 30 minutes after each feed (for example in a baby swing, bouncer or hammock).
- If you are breatsfeefing, write down all your meals, analyse your eating habits to see how what you eat impacts your baby's reflux. If your are bottle feeding, consider trying out a few different brands of baby formula (with your doctor's approval) and bottles to see if they impact your baby's reflux differently. Some bottles have been specifically designed to help babies with reflux. For example, Minbie is an award winning baby bottle designed to help mitigate reflux and colic.
- Massaging your baby soothes your baby and can help with his digestion too.
- Use the Cocoonababy whenever your baby is asleep. Thanks to its 20º incline, the Cocoonababy helps limit reflux by way of gravity.
Don't forget that most young babies spit up sometimes, since their digestive systems are immature, making it easier for the stomach contents to flow back up into the esophagus (the tube connecting the mouth to the stomach).
If your baby is a ‘Happy Spitter’, gaining weight well, spitting up without discomfort and content most of the time, then spitting up is a laundry & social problem rather than a medical issue!
If you have other advice to share with new mums on how to help manage baby's reflux, please do not hesitate to share it in the box below. Thank you from the Cocoonababy team!
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