I will never forget it… sitting in my best friend’s brand new house (like she just got the keys new) and Travis did it… he projectile spit up. Like everywhere. His reflux was insane. His reflux was consuming to me as a first-time mom. And I didn’t have a single tool to handle his reflux naturally.
Fast forward 8 years later, I’m sitting on the floor with my 3-week old twins and look at this precious baby girl I prayed for. I smile down at her, she projectile pukes up at me. “Here we go again”, I thought. Except this time was different. This time I have tools. This time I understand reflux, how it works, and what I can actually do to help.
Reflux is caused by the esophagus not being fully developed and therefore food backing up from the stomach. In most cases, reflux is not a cause for concern medically. But it can be annoying and slightly uncomfortable so as mamas we want to do what we can to control it.
So how can you handle reflux naturally?
Seeing a chiropractor regularly can ensure that baby’s body is aligned and in the best health possible. Adjustments can help by taking stress off the joints and spine to help take pressure off of nerves. Strengthening the spinal muscles through adjustments, which help to relieve pressure from the stomach.
Have you tried cutting out dairy, gluten, refined sugars from your diet if you are breastfeeding? Try taking away any possible triggers for 3-5 days and then slowly reintroduce things one at a time. I found with Emily that dairy was a major cause for her reflux. As long as I steer clear she does so much better. Need more info on how to go about an elimination diet? Check out this great article from one of our favorites, Dr. Josh Axe.
If you are using formula look carefully at the ingredients and check out Weston A Price’s info on how to make raw milk formula that is free from common allergens.
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Upright for 30 minutes after feeding
This is when that ring sling really becomes your best friend. Trust me, as a busy mama of 5, I know the after feeding time is like the bliss time. Baby is happy, full, clean diapers, all the things. This is like prime tummy time, play on your own while mama recoups from feeding. Resist the urge girl. Don’t put that baby down. Hold ’em. Besides all the benefits of babywearing and skin to skin contact this one trick really does have a huge impact on the reflux. If you do nothing else, do this. If you can’t hold your baby right after feeding try a bouncy seat or swing to keep them upright.
Digestive Blend Essential Oil on tummy before each feeding
I lived on this oil during pregnancy for heartburn, bloat, and all the other tummy troubles that come with pregnancy. It is one of those oils I never run out of. Before each feeding, I rub a little bit on Emily’s tummy in a clockwise motion. The combo of fennel, peppermint, ginger and other tummy soothing oils help settle her before we even start adding food to the mix.
That’s right, your baby can take probiotics too. Garden of Life makes a great, shelf stable, powder probiotic that you can simply rub on baby’s gums a bit. In addition, breastfeeding mamas, make sure you are taking a good probiotic! It’s vital to your gut health and babies.