Bottles and anti-colic teats: what they are and what they are for

There is no doubt that, for a mother, making the decision to leave the breast even when she wants to continue breastfeeding is always a very difficult and painful decision. The reasons that would have led him to take it can actually be very varied, although the most common are related to the different problems that usually arise with breastfeeding: mastitis, irritated and cracked nipples ...

The truth is that this type of common problems have an easy solution, just enough to place the baby correctly. In a few shots irritated and cracked nipples will heal, since the child's own saliva and your own milk act as healing and healing remedies.

But what to do when the baby suffers from infant colic? Infant colic is a common and typical disorder typical of the first months of the baby's life, consisting of painful contractions of the abdomen. Although it is true that there is no specific cause that triggers them, the use of an anti-colic bottle can be of some help.

What are anti-colic bottles?

When a baby drinks a bottle with some anxiety because he is not allowed to drink the milk at the rate he wants to, he generates a negative pressure each time he takes the milk, which can cause excessive air to enter through the hole in the nipple. that the pressure is balanced, and may even get to degrade some of the nutritive components present in the milk, since the air passes through the milk oxygenated.

As you will surely imagine, choosing a bottle as appropriate as possible to your baby's needs is as fundamental as it is essential. In fact, the most normal thing is that at the beginning we have doubts about which type of bottle to choose, especially if we take into account the wide diversity that exists today in the market, with wide and tremendously varied options.

Those known as anti-colic bottles, As its name indicates, add a certain functionality that allows air to enter as the baby draws milk, so that it is the baby who can regulate the milk output rate that you want with much less effort.

And what functionality do they add? There are different types: some for example add a second hole in the teat that allows air to enter the bottle but not the milk, solving the negative pressure. Others, however, what they do is add a tube that carries the air directly to the bottom of the bottle, not through the milk.

And the anti-colic teats?

On the other hand, in addition to the anti-colic bottles we can also find the anti-colic teats. They are teats that differ from the normal ones in that they come equipped with a ventilation system. The function performed by the ventilation system is to prevent the baby from swallowing air while taking the bottle, thus reducing the risk of gas colic.

There are also in the market anti-colic teats that come equipped with valves. These valves are placed at the base of the teat and at the time the baby sucks, it acts by eliminating the vacuum and thus preventing it from swallowing air.

Why use anti-colic teats?

Very simple: because as its name suggests, They are teats that help to avoid colic of the baby, so common and very common when the little one drinks artificial or maternal milk through the bottle.

Of course, in addition to the fact that teats are anti-colic, it is also essential that they be anatomical, since this type of teats have a shape that is as close to the mother's nipple. This article is published for informational purposes only. You can not and should not replace the consultation with a Pediatrician. We advise you to consult your trusted pediatrician. ThemesSupplementary feeding

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