This is a question I get all the time from parents and the answer is yes, all babies need vitamin D. But how they get it will look different for depending on how they are fed.
What’s the best formula for a baby with Reflux?
This is a question that comes up a lot from parents just like you who are longing for a solution to their baby's reflux. Firstly, let me be clear that formula is not a magic wand that’s going to stop your baby’s reflux*. There are many things that contribute to reflux and diet is just one of them.
What is formula?
Infant Formula is usually made from cow's milk and it has been treated and fortified to make it suitable for babies. It differs from cows' milk in that it has been formulated with the addition of vitamins and minerals to ensure it meets the needs of a growing baby. For infants not receiving breastmilk it should be the sole form of nutrition up to 6 months at which point it should be continued alongside the introduction of solids until 12 months.
Have you been told that your baby has reflux? Are you trying to get your head around what that means and what to do next? I'm here to help.
What made you specialise in reflux support?
When I did my training we covered infant reflux and some of the massage techniques that can be supportive. However, it wasn’t until I actually started teaching and could see the distress being caused to both Mum and baby that I started to dig a little deeper. I had these women in my classes who were exhausted, who felt alone, whose concerns were not being listened to and were being brushed off. They were being told “you’re just an anxious first time mum”, “ reflux is normal”, “it’s not possible for them to cry as much as that”, “they are gaining weight there is nothing to worry about”. For these women, the cup of tea at the end of a class became a safe place for them to share what was happening. I was one of the first people who had listened to them, who believed them when they told me they had 3 hours sleep the night before, who believed that the only place they would settle was in their mothers arms, and who agreed that this was not “normal”.
Harriette Robinson has been working with babies for over 8 years and has a wealth of experience as a Massage Therapist, Infant & Child Massage Instructor, Mindful Breastfeeding Practitioner and Infant Reflux Specialist. She's passionate about helping parents get to the root cause of their baby's digestive discomfort, colic or reflux symptoms. She lives in Yorkshire with her daughter and Jack Russel Terrier.
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