Shake a baby’s bottle and you get lots of frothy bubbles, which can cause gas if ingested. Burst all those bubbles before feeding -- it is easy to eliminate them from baby formula. You -- and your baby -- will feel better knowing she's sucking down nutrition without all that bubbly air.
Prepare your baby's formula in advance. Mix a full days' worth of formula the night before and let it settle overnight in the refrigerator. You may want to warm it before feeding it to your baby, although it is not necessary. The best way to warm formula is to place a prepared bottle of formula in warm water and let it warm prior to feeding.
Feed your baby before she is starving. If you wait until she is screaming and desperate for her bottle, you will have to rush to prepare it and may create bubbles if you shake the bottle up to mix the formula and do not allow it to settle. Your baby may also gulp it down to get relief, possibly swallowing even more air than just bubbles.
Stir the formula to mix it, instead of shaking it. You can mix it in a clean bowl or container and then pour it into your baby's bottle. This creates far fewer bubbles -- it may even eliminate them from forming.
Add infant gas drops to the prepared baby formula. Gas drops break down air bubbles and are readily available at most drugstores. The makers of Mylicon recommend using the product as directed and not exceeding recommended dosage -- so be sure to read the instructions and talk to your pediatrician if you have concerns.
Burp your baby regularly -- every 1 to 2 ounces. Gas is a normal part of infancy for many babies. But you can help give your baby some relief by frequently burping him throughout the feeding. Hold him against your shoulder or across your lap, supporting his head while gently patting his back -- a burp should ensue.
Serve formula in air-minimizing bottles that are designed to reduce the amount of air baby gets when bottle-feeding. Or feed your baby ready-to-feed formula that is already mixed if bubbles remain a concern.
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- Fearless Formula Feeder: The EFF Quick-and-Dirty Guide to Formula Feeding – Mixing Bottles
- Tips for the First-Time Mom: How to Combat Baby Gas
- Mylicon: All About Infant Gas
- PlayTex: Babies, Bubbles and Bottles
- Just Mommies: Baby Gas Pains – How to Help Your Baby
- Pregnancy.org: How to Keep Air Out of Your Baby’s Bottle
- National Network for Child Care: Guidelines for Bottlefeeding
- Netmums: Bottle Feeding Baby Tips
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