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How do I wind and settle my baby?

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Some breastfed babies rarely have wind. Other babies can suffer from frequent bouts of wind and need winding after every feed. Once your baby is taking larger volumes of breastmilk, from about 3 to 4 days, they may begin to experience ‘trapped wind’. Some babies need very little help to release it and others need a little bit more help. . Every baby is different and over time you will grow to know your baby’s cues.

If you find your baby struggles a little to get up wind here are a few tips you can try.

  • Walking with your baby in your arms or in a baby sling, the upright position gently helps to relax them.
  • Put a gentle little bump or bounce in your walk.
  • Skin-to-skin contact may relax baby and wind may break more easily.
  • try the ‘magic baby hold’ - this gets best results when done by the dad, grandfather or uncles. Baby’s back is held against Dad’s tummy, with baby tummy resting on Dad’s crossed arms. Baby’s legs and arms gently fall either side of Dads arms. Baby will love this position.
  • Try again to feed baby, breastmilk actually contains some natural elements which act like a pain relief for baby which may help with wind discomfort.

It is best not to use soothers during the first few days and weeks.

Using a soother (dummy) can hide the early ‘feeding cues’ and signs that your baby is hungry. It’s normal for a baby to feed 10 – 12 times in 24hrs in the early days. Using a soother can reduce this frequency and have a knock on effect on your milk supply. Also, there are different types of sucking action needed when feeding compared with using a soother. This can cause ‘nipple confusion’ and make learning breastfeeding more difficult for you and your baby.

If you want to use a soother, it’s best to wait until your baby is about a month or so old.

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