The reason babies are particularly windy is because babies are likely to swallow air during their milk feed and may even swallow some air while crying and even breathing.
While a little trapped wind will not cause any harm to your baby, too much wind will cause your baby to feel uncomfortable and they may stop feeding.
Different winding techniques will suit different babies and each baby will differ in how easily they bring up their feed. Some babies need to be winded during their feed while others only need to be winded at that end of every feed. Try different winding techniques and apply the one that suits your baby best.
- This technique works best for the majority of babies; place your baby against your body, with his head over your shoulder. Support his body with your arm, using your other arm gently pat or rub his back.
- Place your baby face down on your lap, supporting him with one arm so he will not fall off your lap, with the other arm gently rub and pat his back to bring back up the wind.
- Sit your baby on your lap and support him by cupping his chin gently with your hand and body with your arm. With your other hand gently rub and pat his back to bring back up the wind.
Your little one may bring back up a little of their feed during winding so it can be a good idea to have a cloth at your disposal to clean up any little mess your baby may make.
Wind can occur in breast and bottlefed babies, however it is more common in bottlefed babies as babies can control the flow of milk when drinking from the breast.
Tips for reducing wind
- Keep your baby in an upright position during and after feeding.
- Make sure milk fills the whole teat during feeding.
- Offer smaller feeds more frequently
- Ensure you are using the correct teat size. If your baby is using an incorrect teat size and feeds are taken too slowly or too quickly, the amount of air swallowed may increase.
If you’ve got some concerns or other questions about winding your baby, contact our Careline and one of our experts will be happy to help you.
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