Is it Possible to Improve Colic and Reflux by Changing Your Feeding Position?
For many babies with colic and reflux positioning is critical from the moment milk enters their mouths. The best positions for breastfeeding baby reflux are left-side lying or prone (on the tummy), with no pressure on the tummy, a straight spine, and as upright as possible.
If you are propping your baby up with pillows or even holding your reflux baby in your arms in a position with his head higher than his body, his spine needs to be completely straight. Imagine a garden hose with even the slightest kink in it. Water does not travel through the hose at the same rate or with the same ease. It is the same with milk.
This leaves you with several possibilities:
I began using a feeding wedge when my first son was around 4 months of age. I was able to take him off his reflux medications entirely. His reflux became suddenly so manageable that we frequently forgot about it. When he was around 6 months of age we believed he had outgrown it. While on vacation without my Pollywog breastfeeding wedge when he was 10 months of age I used a bed pillow to nurse him while I sat on the floor with one knee raised and supporting the pillow on a 45 degree angle. Although he was upright, the pillow was not firm and his spine was not totally straight. He began refluxing all over again. I realized that he had not outgrown his reflux at all - we had simply learned to manage it!
How is your positioning during feedings?
Finally - a feeding pillow that puts your baby in the natural feeding position.