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You Will Need
- Air-reducing bottles
- Food journal
Limit the amount of air
Try to limit the amount of air your baby swallows. Make sure there is not any air at the point of the nipple on their bottle.
Avoid certain foods
Avoid food and beverages that contain cow's milk and caffeine if you are breast-feeding. Some vegetables you consume may also make your baby more gassy.
Move their legs
Play bicycle with your baby. Move their legs in the same motion they would if they were riding a bike between feeding. This will help push the gas out.
Burp your baby
Burp your baby at least every 5 minutes if you are bottle-feeding and at the end of the feeding. Burp breast-fed babies after feeding on each breast.
Relax your baby
Comfort and relax your baby at least 20 minutes after feeding to allow their food to digest. This will prevent gas from developing.
Position your baby upright
Do not lay your baby down immediately after a feeding. Keep your baby positioned upright for about 15 minutes to let gravity set in and the food travel down before laying your little one into a peaceful slumber.