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Wind and what may come with it

If your baby swallows a lot of air while feeding and is then put down to sleep, the trapped wind may cause discomfort and your baby may cry. After a feed, it may help to hold your baby upright against your shoulder or propped forward on your lap.

Then gently rub your baby’s back so that any trapped air can find its way up and out quite easily. Some babies are never troubled by wind, others seem to suffer discomfort after every feed.

Some babies sick up more milk than others during or just after a feed. (This is called ‘possetting’, ‘regurgitation’ or ‘gastric reflux’.) It’s not unusual for a baby to sick up quite a lot, but many mothers get upset or worried about this.

If your baby is gaining weight there is usually nothing to worry about. But if this happens often or if your baby is frequently or violently sick, appears to be in pain, or your baby is gaining weight there is usually nothing to worry about.

But if this happens often or if your baby is frequently or violently sick, appears to be in pain, or you’re worried for any other reason, see your health visitor or GP.

Cover your baby with a thick bib when feeding and have a cloth or paper towels handy to mop up any mess. (If you sprinkle a damp cloth with bicarbonate of soda this will remove the worst of the smell.) Check too that the hole in your baby’s teat is not too big.

Sitting your baby upright in a baby chair after a feed can help, and the problem usually stops by the age of six months when your baby is taking more solids and drinking less milk. If your baby brings back a lot of milk, remember he or she is likely to be hungry again quite quickly. If the reflux is severe, your GP or health visitor may recommend a powder to thicken the milk.


We are indebted to Health Promotion England for their help in compiling this section.