My Baby – Week 8
Can you believe your baby is almost two months old? Your baby’s brain will grow about five centimeters during the first three months. At this age, it is normal for babies to swallow air and pass gas, but excessive gas can be making both your baby and you miserable. Below, you can find some simple tips to let less air in, and help get more air out.
- If you are bottle feeding, make sure your baby’s lips fasten on the wide base of the nipple, and not just on the tip.
- If you are breastfeeding, make sure your baby’s lips form a tight seal far back on your areola.
- Bottles should be given at a 45-degree angle to keep air away from the nipple.
- Try using collapsible formula bags.
- Feed your baby smaller volumes of food more frequently.
- Keep your baby at a 45-degree angle, or higher, for 30 minutes after a feeding.
- Burp your baby before and after feedings. If you are breastfeeding, burp your baby when he switches sides.
- Try gently massaging your baby’s abdomen (use strokes in a clockwise direction).
If your baby is still having problems with gas, try using gas relief drops. They are safe enough to administer after each feeding and can make a world of difference. Of course, check with your baby's pediatrician before giving any medicine to your newborn and be sure to read the label carefully for proper dosage information.