😩REFLUX 😩When parents can’t seem to quit #TeamNoSleep, some may worry that reflux is to blame.
Please know we have a brand NEW BLOG all about reflux and “happy spitters,” and it dives in deep!
⭐️⭐️⭐️Please know: I will NOT be answering specific reflux questions here as it really is something you MUST discuss with your doctor, but...
Here are some practical ways you can help:
1️⃣ Offer smaller more frequent feedings. (For example, offer every 2.5 hours instead of every 3-4 hours.)
➡️Why? This keeps the stomach from getting quite as full and can decrease spitting up.
2️⃣Feed baby in an upright position. Keep the baby’s head higher than the stomach.
➡️Why? Gravity can assist milk down the esophagus.
3️⃣Hold baby upright for 20-30 minutes after each feeding.
➡️Why? Gravity can help keep milk in the stomach until it begins to digest.
4️⃣Talk to your doctor about a good probiotic. (Example: Gerber Soothe).
➡️Why? Studies show it can result in shorter crying episodes, less spitting up, and less constipation.
5️⃣Burp after every 2-3 ounces or when you switch breasts.
➡️Why? Burping decreases the chance for air bubbles to cause spitting up.
6️⃣Offer a pacifier.
➡️Why? Sucking can ease pain by increasing saliva and downward contractions of the esophagus.
Will the sleep classes help babies with reflux?
➡️With Newborns up to 12 weeks: Even though this class can NOT take away the pain of reflux, it CAN still give parents the ability to read sleepy cues, soothe their fussy little one, distinguish between pain and overtired symptoms, and begin to lay a healthy sleep foundation.
➡️For older babies, really focus on treating the pain FIRST; then, sleep can be conquered. If your baby is pain-free, then we can make sleep progress.
Mamas who have had babies with painful reflux, did you use these tips? Can you offer encouragement and love to those struggling today?
(Again, let's all stay away from medical advice- just encouragement please! Also, please read the blog for more info!)
📷 by @rachandbabes