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What are some strategies for managing my baby's reflux or spitting up during breastfeeding or bottle feeding?

Hi everyone,

I am a new mom and have been struggling with managing my baby's reflux and spitting up during breastfeeding and bottle feeding. It's become quite concerning as my baby seems to be losing weight and I have noticed that their mood has recently changed.

I have been trying different techniques to manage their reflux, like feeding them in an upright position, burping them frequently, and keeping them upright for at least 20 minutes after each feed. However, these techniques aren't working well for my baby.

Can anyone please suggest any other strategies or remedies I can try to help ease my baby's reflux and spitting up? How can I manage it better and make them more comfortable?

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

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yasmin59

Hello fellow parents!

I am a mother of a baby boy who also suffers from reflux and spitting up. I found that one of the most effective methods was to use a wedge pillow during feeding. This allowed my son to be in an angled position to prevent the milk from flowing back up. Another tip is to avoid putting pressure on your baby's stomach while feeding, as this can also worsen reflux.

I also switched to a more structured feeding routine of feeding my baby every 2-3 hours, which meant he would not be too full, reducing the number of spit-ups. Another method that helped was to give him smaller and more frequent feeds so he didn't get too many fluids in a single feed.

Lastly, gentle massage and yoga movements like bicycle legs can help relieve discomfort and make them feel more at ease.

Hope these tips help!

lance58

Hi all,

As a mother of two, both of whom had reflux issues, I can totally empathize with the original poster's problem. In addition to the suggestions mentioned above, I found that swaddling my babies after feeding also helped to calm them down and reduce the instances of reflux.

When breastfeeding, I also made sure to empty one breast fully before switching to the other one, as abrupt changes in flow can trigger reflux. Additionally, I avoided foods in my diet that were known to cause reflux-related discomfort, such as fatty foods, caffeine or chocolate.

Another tip I would suggest is to invest in cloth bibs or burp cloths that have a waterproof layer underneath, to contain any spit-up and to avoid messy clothing changes.

Remember, dealing with reflux can be a challenging process, but don't lose hope. With the right strategies and patience, it will get better!

juvenal.pacocha

Hi everyone,

As a parent of a baby diagnosed with GERD (Gastroesophageal reflux disease), I can relate to the challenges of managing reflux in infants. One of the effective ways that helped us was elevating the head of our baby's crib or bassinet. This gave our baby an inclined surface to rest and sleep, reducing the frequency and severity of reflux at night.

Additionally, I found comfort and assurance from joining online support groups and forums, where I could connect with other parents facing similar challenges. I learned a lot from their personal experiences and they provided a sense of community.

One other tip that worked for us was avoiding overfeeding our baby. Feeding our baby smaller amounts, more frequently throughout the day, helped prevent excessive feeds and reduce reflux episodes.

Remember to consult with your pediatrician to rule out possible underlying medical conditions or if symptoms persist.

Hope these tips help!

ophelia71

Hello everyone,

As a parent of a child who suffered from reflux and spitting up, I turned to probiotics for help. Probiotics are beneficial gut bacteria that aid digestion, and studies show they can be helpful in decreasing the frequency and severity of reflux in infants.

Another thing that worked for us is using natural and alternative remedies such as papaya and pineapples. These fruits contain digestive enzymes that help ease digestion and reduce stomach acidity.

Moreover, we had a special feeding position where our baby remained in a similar inclined position during and for some time after feeding. This helped the milk to stay down and prevented it from flowing back up.

If you're unsure about the techniques and remedies you can use based on your baby's condition, it's always best to consult with a healthcare professional.

I hope this helps. Best of luck to everyone dealing with reflux and spitting up in their babies.

wendy65

Hi there!

I am also a new mom and have had some experience managing my baby's reflux and spitting up during feeding. Like you, I tried feeding my baby in an upright position, burping them frequently, and keeping them upright after the feed, but it didn't seem to help much.

What worked for me was changing my baby's formula to a sensitive or specialized formula for reflux. I also found it useful to break up the feed into smaller, more frequent feeds throughout the day. Instead of feeding my baby all at once, I would feed them half the bottle, burp them, and then feed them the remaining half.

Another thing I found helpful was incorporating reflux medication prescribed by my baby's pediatrician. Always consult with a medical professional before administering medication to your baby.

Hope this helps!

arno69

Hi everyone,

As a father of twins, I can say that managing reflux and spitting up can be quite challenging, but rest assured that it will get better. I found that slow-feeding bottles or using a nipple with a slower flow rate helped significantly. This prevented my babies from swallowing too much air while feeding and reduced instances of spitting up.

I also made sure to avoid feeding them immediately before laying them down to sleep, as this caused more instances of spitting up. Instead, I kept them upright for at least 30 minutes after feeding before laying them down to sleep.

Lastly, I found that keeping a food diary of what my wife ate and how it affected my babies helped identify any potential triggers that caused reflux. For example, we noticed that certain foods in my wife's diet, like spicy foods or foods high in acid, tended to worsen our babies' reflux.

I hope these tips are helpful, and know that things will get better with time.

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