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  1. Angela Stewart says:

    Oh, by the way I finally learnt about proper winding technique from a lady here in NZ who has years of experience dealing with unsettled and reflux babies – website is here: http://www.naturalwinding.com

    • Emily DeJeu says:

      @ Angela Steward — thanks so much for sharing your story with us – and for sharing that link! 🙂

  2. Angela Stewart says:

    After having two babies with reflux, I finally learned that the biggest contribution to it was ineffective or insufficient winding/burping. I learnt in time to help my 2nd child from when he was 5 months old, and the improvement was remarkable. I basically had to spend his entire awake time concentrating on his winding in order for him to go to sleep and sleep peacefully. However proper winding involves LYING your baby down flat until they show signs they are ready to burp – at which point you gently sit up/lift upright to release the burp. You need to continue this process until the baby is comfortable otherwise sleep will be difficult and likely cut short by the reflux of acid ‘sitting’ on top of trapped wind. I did not read this in any advice on reflux, and most parenting support out there hardly mentions a word about it. Therefore reflux has become extremely over-medicated when it may not be needed in all cases. Another big help was cutting out dairy and gluten from my diet (and his when he started solids) as this is often a problem. Doctors are reluctant to suggest it because they worry about the mother’s health but as long as you are educated about alternatives you can have great nutrition without dairy and gluten. Although it was hard to cut these foods out, it was so much easier than coping with a poor wee baby who was just miserable and could not sleep!

  3. Ashley says:

    I wish you’d written (and I’d seen) this article about 9 months ago!! My son has mostly outgrown his reflux now, but while it was never as bad as some babies’, it did severely affect him. He lost weight for 2 months, and we’re STILL (9 months old!) working on a nap schedule. Medication helped him some, and those small, frequent feedings. He still only nurses one side at a time. Adding solids to his diet REALLY helped, too – he doesn’t spit up his solid food!

    • Emily DeJeu says:

      @ Ashley – awesome tips! Thanks for sharing. 🙂 Always encouraging for moms who are currently struggling to hear from “veteran” moms who’ve been there and who’ve survived.

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