To help prevent gas bubbles…
- Feed your baby before he gets very hungry, eats too quickly, and swallows a lot of air.
- Choose the right bottle. Playtex® has two bottles specifically designed to keep air and milk from mixing: Playtex® Nurser with Drop-Ins® Liners and Playtex® VentAire®.
- Break down feeding sessions providing smaller amounts more often during the day to help your baby’s digestive system handle food better. (A baby’s tummy is just about the size of his fist. That’s tiny!)
- Hold your baby in a semi-upright feeding position so that fluids move through his digestive system more smoothly and he will swallow less air. The Playtex® VentAire® and Playtex® Nurser with Drop-ins® Liners are specifically designed to support semi-upright feeding.
If your baby does have trouble with bubbles…
- Burp your baby regularly during feeding—when switching breasts while nursing or every three to five minutes if using a bottle.
- Lay your baby on his back and gently pump his legs back and forth bicycle style to get gas moving.
- Try the football hold. Drape your baby over your forearm face down with his chin or cheek resting in your hand, and his legs straddling your elbow. Always keep a firm hold on the diaper area. This position applies gentle pressure to your baby’s tummy and helps with the release of gas.