The last two months have been a massive learning curve for me especially when it comes to feeding. Olly is formula fed and we use Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature bottles. I’d heard lots of good things about the bottles (although I’d heard some negative reviews too) so when I saw them on offer at a supermarket baby event, I bought them. We’ve had no problems with the bottles at all, they don’t leak on us, they wash well and Olly takes them in his mouth without an issue.
We chose to use SMA Gold formula for Olly. There is so much choice available in the supermarkets but again I’d heard good reviews about SMA and liked that they have ready made milk in plastic cartons available for sale. They even have special teats you can buy to attach to the plastic cartons making feeding out and about easier.
Whether you bottle or breast feed, the one thing you’re bound to encounter is wind. Although apparently breastfeed babies don’t get as much wind as formula fed babies due to air getting in the teats and the latch being much better on the breast.
After a week or two of feeding Olly I started to get quite frustrated with not being able to get his wind up properly. He would refuse his bottle and scream with his legs and arms writhing around. Luckily for us, there are techniques to help with windy babies and there are lots of different ways to help get wind up; patting their back whilst on your shoulders and sitting them on your lap whilst holding their jaw and patting and rubbing their back works well. There’s also a few products you can buy from the supermarket to help. We use Infacol before every feed now and this helps bring up his wind easily. We also tried gripe water but Olly didn’t like it and started to refuse his bottles because he could taste it in the milk (even though Health Visitors say babies wont notice the difference, they do!) we even tried to syringe it in his mouth but he spat it out and coughed the rest out so we won’t be using that again.
Colic is associated with wind and is mostly diagnosed with babies crying for more than 3 hours a day, 3 days per week. We are so lucky that *touch wood* we have got to 8 weeks and Olly hasn’t suffered with colic, just trapped wind. I can’t imagine having to deal with a crying inconsolable baby for more than 10 minutes so parents who have babies with colic, I don’t know how you cope!
Colief infant drops are a medicine you can buy in a supermarket (and is available on prescription from your GP, apparently!) that helps to relieve baby. Colief helps the body break down the lactose into simpler sugars, glucose and galactose, making it easier for baby to digest their feeds. I’ve heard good reviews on this stuff, it’s expensive but it works. As I said earlier, we haven’t had to use colief luckily but it’s good to know there’s something out there to help if we need it in the future.
Just for the record, this post isn’t one bragging that my child is easy to feed or wind. He has his moments I can tell you, nor do I know it all! I am on a steep learning curve sharing my experience and I’m sure there’s going to be loads more to learn as Olly grows and develops.
Disclaimer – We were sent a bottle of Colief to try but as yet haven’t had to use it but have been assured by friends on my birth group how effective it is with their babies suffering with colic so would use it if we needed too.