Why are the instructions for preparing infant formula milks to “shake”?
Well, it's to make sure that the milk powder is fully mixed into the milk.
However, what if I was to tell you that this could be making a massive and negative impact on your baby's reflux? Making it worse than it otherwise would be?
You see, when we shake milk we create bubbles... lots of them.
You can see them in the froth that appears on the top of the milk.
And sure, we can wait for some time for these bubbles to pop and dissipate.
However, what you cannot see are those thousands of micro bubbles trapped within the milk itself.
Well either they come back together into bigger bubbles with all the mechanical churning of the stomach, and can drive burps or even vomiting several hours after a feed.... or....
They pass through the stomach, still held in the milk, into the gut. And here, they begin to irritate, forming larger bubbles of air that become trapped and painful gas.
I will say, that these bubbles in the baby's milk are not the only cause of trapped and painful gas, however, if they are contributing to the problem, then it's impossible to see what else is going on with these there, so reducing them will make things easier than they otherwise would be.
You do this.... prepare milk differently. For this you will need a long handled teaspoon (like a latte spoon) which has been sterilised in boiling water first. And have your cool boiled water to hand for this. During this process, you will start with using the recently boiled water with the powder as this kills any bacteria that are in the milk powder. The remaining water should be recently boiled and then cooled to the appropriate temperature.
If you baby is using either a thickened milk, or any thickener that you mix into their bottle, then add the thickener with the milk powder and follow the instructions above.
Note, that your baby should not be on any combination of a thickened or "anti-reflux" milk and a separate thickener, or thickened milk and Gaviscon, or a thickener and Gaviscon. Only one thickening agent should ever be used due to the increased risk of dehydration and severe constipation.
Also, thickening milks do not address the underlying cause of reflux, see this video for more information.
The way the water is forced into the bottle from the prep machine also introduces air into the milk. You can use the machine to get the water at the right temperature, however, they also do not sterilise the milk powder so are generally not recommended.
Your Baby is not James Bond.... well yet anyways!
If you really want to avoid having to do all this, then what we really need to do is to address the underlying cause of your baby's reflux, and we do this by identifying what is causing it, and then take specific action to remedy.
You start this by capturing all of your baby's symptoms. Here's a free symptom tracker to start that process, showing you just how many behaviours and symptoms are directly related to your baby's reflux and how much discomfort you can expect to resolve, by addressing the root cause of their reflux. Download it here.
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Hoping to conquer baby reflux for good? Don't forget the best place to start is always to pinpoint your baby's symptoms. It's these symptoms which will lead you to the underlying cause - aka. the real issue that needs resolving!
The best place to start is always to pinpoint the symptoms your baby is experiencing. It's these symptoms which will lead you to the underlying cause - aka. the real issue that needs resolving!
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