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How To Apply Proper Breastfeeding So Your Baby Swallows Less Air

Breastfeeding colic can be caused by foods in the mother’s diet, especially in those instances where the food in question causes an allergic reaction in the infant. However, it can also be caused by an improper latch during feeding as well. Babies who do not properly latch on during breastfeeding can swallow excessive air, which in turn causes painful gas after feedings.

If diet is not an issue, yet colic persists, improper latch should be eliminated as a potential contributing factor. Fortunately, there are a variety of options can help to reduce the amount of air your baby swallows during breast feedings.

There are several different positions you can use when it comes to minimizing the introduction of air during breastfeeding, but the common consideration in all of these is whether or not your baby is properly latched on for the duration. If your baby takes very noticeable swallows, with pauses to breathe, it is very likely that he is getting enough milk to avoid the introduction of air.

However, if your baby nurses fitfully, or pulls at the breast without getting much milk, you may need to help your baby to latch on properly. A baby who has breastfeeding colic may also need to be burped more often after feedings, just to minimize any potential gas later in the evening. Look for these three signs that your baby has properly latched onto the breast:

  1. Noticeable swallowing, with pauses for breathing – if your baby is nursing with a successful latch, there will be moments when she needs to pause and breathe, versus constantly attempting to drink.
  2. Good suction at the breast – i.e. your baby does not randomly let go of the breast, and the breast does not fall out of his or her mouth during feeding
  3. Ample time spent nursing – anywhere from 10 to 15 minutes at each breast, depending on the infant
  4. Definite emptying of your breasts during breastfeeding – if your breasts are not noticeably less full after a feeding, your baby may not be taking in milk, but air.
  5. Your baby seems full after nursing – most babies will fall asleep after a meal, and this is a good indication that your baby has had enough milk and was latched on properly throughout the feeding. If your baby still seems hungry after an extended nursing session, or is fussy throughout the feeding, there may be problems with latching on that need to be addressed.

While there are many factors which may contribute, colic can be reduced or eliminated by proactive attention by the nursing mother. If you feel that your baby is not latching on properly and you need assistance with learning how to help your baby, there are numerous options available. Your pediatrician or your local La Leche league should be able to assist you with getting the one-on-one coaching you need.

If you express milk for later feedings, there are specialized bottles available that can reduce the amount of air your baby swallows during feedings. These specialized collapsible bottles have a liner that contracts as your baby drinks – thus eliminating most air swallowing that may occur.

There are other types of bottles as well, many of which have specialized nipples or other features – experiment with these to see which your baby prefers, and which is best at reducing the gassiness.

Proper Feeding Techniques to Avoid Colic Breastfeeding colic can be caused by foods in the mother’s diet, especially in those instances where the food in question causes an allergic reaction in the infant. However, it can also be caused by an improper latch during feeding as well.

Babies who do not properly latch on during breastfeeding can swallow excessive air, which in turn causes painful gas after feedings. If diet is not an issue, yet colic persists, improper latch should be eliminated as a potential contributing factor. Fortunately, there are a variety of options can help to reduce the amount of air your baby swallows during breast feedings.

There are several different positions you can use when it comes to minimizing the introduction of air during breastfeeding, but the common consideration in all of these is whether or not your baby is properly latched on for the duration. If your baby takes very noticeable swallows, with pauses to breathe, it is very likely that he is getting enough milk to avoid the introduction of air.

However, if your baby nurses fitfully, or pulls at the breast without getting much milk, you may need to help your
baby to latch on properly. A baby who has breastfeeding colic may also need to be burped more often after feedings,
just to minimize any potential gas later in the evening. Look for these three signs that your baby has properly

latched onto the breast:

1.    Noticeable swallowing, with pauses for breathing – if your baby is nursing with a successful latch, there will be moments when she needs to pause and breathe, versus constantly attempting to drink.
2.    Good suction at the breast – i.e. your baby does not randomly let go of the breast, and the breast does not fall out of his or her mouth during feeding
3.    Ample time spent nursing – anywhere from 10 to 15 minutes at each breast, depending on the infant
4.    Definite emptying of your breasts during breastfeeding – if your breasts are not noticeably less full after a feeding, your baby may not be taking in milk, but air.
5.    Your baby seems full after nursing – most babies will fall asleep after a meal, and this is a good indication that your baby has had enough milk and was latched on properly throughout the feeding. If your baby still seems hungry after an extended nursing session, or is fussy throughout the feeding, there may be problems with latching on that need to be addressed.

While there are many factors which may contribute, colic can be reduced or eliminated by proactive attention by the
nursing mother. If you feel that your baby is not latching on properly and you need assistance with learning how to
help your baby, there are numerous options available. Your pediatrician or your local La Leche league should be able
to assist you with getting the one-on-one coaching you need.

If you express milk for later feedings, there are specialized bottles available that can reduce the amount of air
your baby swallows during feedings. These specialized collapsible bottles have a liner that contracts as your baby
drinks – thus eliminating most air swallowing that may occur. There are other types of bottles as well, many of
which have specialized nipples or other features – experiment with these to see which your baby prefers, and which
is best at reducing the gassiness.


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