The air fills an infant’s stomach, which can make them feel uncomfortable and quite full before they have had enough milk to drink. While a little trapped wind will not cause any harm to an infant, too much wind will cause an infant to feel uncomfortable and they may stop sucking their feed and cry.
Breastfed infants control the flow of milk more easily. If bottlefeeding, one can minimise the amount of air taken in during feeding by tilting the bottle to ensure that the milk fills the teat, and also by encouraging to feed the infant in an upright or near-upright position.
Different winding techniques will suit different infants and each infant will differ in how easily they bring up their feed. Some infants need to be winded during their feed while others only need to be winded at that end of every feed. It is important for parents and healthcare professionals to experiment and find what technique suits the infant the best.
As an infant develops, and starts getting active (e.g. rolling or crawling), they will find it easier to bring up wind. This varies for each infant, but for some, they may need a little help after feeds.
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