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Baby Reflux, Symptoms of GERD + Natural Ways to Relieve Reflux for Babies

hey mama's most of you probably imagine

the sweet moments you'll have feeding

your new sweet little baby but most of

you probably aren't imagining the spit

up that often accompanies it

whether you're breastfeeding or

formula-feeding baby reflux can be

startling and nerve-wracking as you

scramble to figure out if something is

wrong with your baby how you can help

them and then worry some more about

whether they just start up everything

that they just ate so in this video I'm

sharing with you common causes for baby

reflux how you can remedy it when to

seek help and finding peace of mind when

your baby does spit up I'm Bridget and

I'm a birth doula and childbirth

educator in the San Francisco Bay Area

and I love helping moms feel confident

that their bodies are built to birth

their babies and nurture and love them

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videos so babies don't do a whole lot

they eat they sleep and poop and when

one of those things is off then a big

part of their life is out of whack and

as a mother yours is too because you're

trying to figure out the answers to

what's wrong baby isn't supposed to have

trouble eating but sometimes it happens

and it can cause Mama's to stress over

their babies so by the end of this video

you'll have steps to take to help with

your babies reflux to help replace

stress with confidence as you care for

your newborn baby so first of all what

is reflux if you're a mama currently

dealing with this issue you're probably

not going to need a verbal description

because the description is probably all

over the front of your shirt in the form

of milk but for those of you who don't

know infant reflux occurs when food

backs up from the baby stomach which

results in them spitting up now baby's

spitting up is very common it's just

something that babies do this kind of

reflux is called gastro esophageal

reflux and will usually resolve itself

when your baby is between 6 to 12 months

old so what might be causing baby to

have reflux one reason is that they

might be drinking their milk too quickly

and swallowing air as they drink if this

is the case you

might want to consider only nursing on

one side at each feeding to avoid your

baby getting too forceful let downs in

eating too much in one setting if you

are using a bottle you want to make sure

that the hole in the bottles nipple is

the right size for your baby's age and

that will differ between different

brands of bottles so you'll need to

check in with the bottle that you're

using a nipple that is too big will make

baby swallow too big of gulps and likely

get air trapped inside that will give

them reflux another thing that might be

causing reflux is that baby is in a

position during a feeding that doesn't

allow their milk to settle down well

when you're feeding a baby with reflux

you want to try to be in a position that

allows their head to be higher than

their belly so that the milk flows down

and then stays down burping your baby

often throughout the feeding is also a

good idea to help prevent reflux if

you're bottle feeding you want to burp

them every ounce or so and if you're

breastfeeding every five minutes for a

baby who nurses on the slower side and

every like two or three minutes for the

baby who nurses more quickly

so sometimes frequent burping does a

trick to help them slow down as well as

release any swallowed air and avoid that

big spit up at the end of the feed now I

want to show you something that might

help give you a little perspective on

how much your baby is actually spitting

up usually when your baby spits up a lot

or vomits your first reaction is oh my

gosh that is so much spit up they must

have just thrown up everything they ate

then you're worried about if you should

feed them some more right now because

they have to be hungry still but what if

that upsets their stomach and more and

more worries mamas are worriers but this

helped me get a lot of perspective on

how much my daughter was actually

spitting up all right so this is a

tablespoon of water and typically your

baby will eat anywhere between three to

eight ounces at each feeding in the

first year of life now if I pour this

tablespoon of water down a onesy you're

gonna notice what a mess it makes and

how much more it looks like compared to

how much it actually is so all this

water

so you might look at your baby's outfit

and feel like they spat up their entire

last meal but they probably only spat it

far less than what it actually looks

like and as far as feeding your baby

it's best to go off the cues that they

are giving if they seem to want more

milk right away you can offer it to them

but if not you can certainly wait until

they're a little more settled and

telling you that they're hungry again

now sometimes babies who are frequently

vomiting are noticeably uncomfortable

and have difficulty eating and are

struggling with weight gain may have

what is called gastro esophageal reflux

disease or GERD which is when certain

muscle fibers act as a little door that

opens when food goes down the esophagus

into the stomach and stays closed to

help food from coming back up aren't

fully developed or becomes weak or

relaxes when it shouldn't which results

in that door opening up and allowing

that food to come back up the esophagus

causing that reflux that your baby is

having now according to the National

Institute of Diabetes and digestive and

kidney diseases babies who are showing

the symptoms of frequent spitting up and

discomfort while eating beyond 12 to 14

months are likely to have GERD so if you

think your baby has GERD it's a good

idea to talk to your baby's pediatrician

about your concerns

so with GERD or just common baby reflux

there are things that you can do as

parents to help your baby be more

comfortable and be less likely to

experience reflux so things like burping

your baby often keeping them upright for

15 to 20 minutes after they've eaten

before lying them back down and trying

frequent feedings with less milk at a

time are all helpful ways to prevent

reflux

however the root of the issue very well

may be in their gut our gut is so so

important and keeping us healthy and

sometimes when baby's guts aren't

healthy

they have reactions like reflux it's a

normal things like keeping them upright

burping them and avoiding over feeding

them don't work then it might be a gut

issue that you need to deal with it

could be from an intolerance that they

are reacting to from your breast milk or

formula in which case you would want to

try to cut out common allergens for

babies

from either your own diet or make sure

it's not in the formula that you're

using so those common allergens for

babies are dairy gluten corn egg and soy

typically when you eliminate these foods

you introduce them back into your diet

slowly one at a time to see how your

baby reacts to your food intake if you

want to take a look into the elimination

diet and how to do it I've linked down

below and easy to read and easy to

follow plan to do the elimination diet

the elimination diet is not something

you'll want to do long-term and you

should definitely make the effort to be

eating lots of healthy foods as you are

eliminating other foods and not just try

to substitute with junk food if your

baby is struggling with food intolerance

this could potentially provide a lot of

relief and maybe even stop the reflux

your baby has altogether another great

way to provide your baby with a healthy

gut is by giving them probiotics

probiotics help the good gut bacteria in

the intestines to be strong and

outnumber the bad gut bacteria and

according to a study published by JAMA

Pediatrics probiotics can significantly

reduce the amount of crying reflux and

constipation that babies commonly

experience I'll link that article in the

description below if you're interested

in checking that out you'll definitely

want to check in with your baby's

pediatrician before giving them

probiotics but typically there should be

no reason not to give your baby a

probiotic even if they are totally

healthy the probiotic that I recommend

is bio Gayo protect us because it has a

probiotic strain called

lactobacillus Rueter II that has been

studied and proven to help babies with

reflux issues colic and constipation and

if you want to get it and discuss it

with your doctor I'll link it down below

for you to get from Amazon and typically

when you're using the strategies to help

your baby keep their milk down making

sure they're not reacting to any food

intolerances

and giving them probiotics you are going

to notice a huge improvement in your

baby's behavior less crying and

fussiness and they're eating less

discomfort and less spitting up and

you'll notice yourself feeling so much

more at peace and confident well mama I

hope this video has given you the

information and confidence to help you

know

how to tackle that baby reflux that

often catches you off-guard and leaves

you uncertain and nervous I want to

encourage you by saying that you are

doing an incredible job and I hope that

you are feeling the love and bonding and

happiness between cleaning spit-up and

dirty diapers and snuggling with your

newborn baby there's no love like a

mother's and you're the best one for

your baby if you like the information in

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