Two of the most common conditions that young babies suffer from are reflux and colic.
Reflux is fairly well understood. Simple reflux occurs when the stomach contents are regurgitated into the mouth or projectile vomited. We know that babies are prone to reflux because the sphincter muscle is underdeveloped and babies have an immature digestive system.
The latest thinking is that colic is likely to have a number of causes, one of which is food intolerance or allergy, and another is that colic is caused by a baby’s immature digestive system.
For both reflux and colic, the underdeveloped nature of babies’ digestive systems is a factor.
Provided a baby is suffering from simple or silent reflux, rather than gastro-oesophageal reflux disease, it’s not considered necessary to treat reflux. This can be distressing for parents and carers to learn.
When it comes to colic, very little research has been done into the causes and possible treatments of the phenomenon. A small selection of treatments have been investigated by research scientists but few show any promise as cures for colic.
We know that breastmilk helps a baby's digestion, but so does the way a baby feeds. This is why we developed Minbie, so that babies can feed from a bottle-nipple with the same feeding technique that evolution developed for breastfeeding and for the physiology of babies.
With Minbie's unique functionality, babies are feeding in a way that supports their immature digestive system against reflux and colic. They are practicing breastfeeding on the nipple. Babies have a proper latch are controlling the feed with their complex instinctive feeding motion.
Our patented Minbie nipple took many years to develop, so that parents could better help their baby to feed well and avoid or lessen the distress of reflux and colic.
My son had severe reflux, and different bottles had not helped. I purchased that (Minbie) when he was 3 weeks old. I received it last week and he loves it, no reflux!” Jasilyn W.
They're awesome! My 4 month old has no nipple confusion, doesn't get super gassy and eats well.” Bailey B.
"Awesome! Love these Minbie bottles so much! My little guy is mixed fed, and he's had no issues with nipple confusion or taking in any air! I highly recommend these to anyone hoping to transition from breast to bottle or mix fed bubs!" Kate O.
"Kohen gets reflux / colic quite bad and I was concerned a bottle would only make matters worse but he had no issues after feeding on the Minbie, he burped as normal and was a happy content little munchkin afterwards! Thank you so much we are so glad we found you!” Tori L.
"No nipple confusion and no reflux!!
Thank You so much for this bottle! Charli had awful refluxy symptoms off any bottle given and also terrible nipple confusion. We tried her with the Minbie bottle and now won't use any other! She's 9 months but we bought the 3-6 month teat so she doesn't get milk too fast and it's been great! No nipple confusion and no reflux!! Wish I'd found this bottle a lot sooner!!” Kirsty J.
“My baby went onto the bottle after three weeks of exclusively breastfeeding due to reflux and she transitioned perfectly with minbie. [I] have used other bottles meant to help reflux in the past with my other children and [Minbie teats] are the best by far.” Lyanne T.
Fed is best, so whether you are almost exclusively direct-latch breastfeeding, mix feeding or entirely bottle-feeding your baby, Minbie helps to keep the instinctive breastfeeding option open. And, when babies are fed exclusively with Minbie nipples, they are never exposed to the lazy feeding that is harmful for their digestion.
For babies that have developed bad habits as a result of being fed from easy feeding devices, Minbie may help to reduce and possibly even eliminate reflux and colic. Minbie nipples actively encourage babies to develop or re-learn the correct breastfeeding latch and motion, even when they’ve developed bad habits, because Minbie nipples require babies to work for the feed in order to extract milk/formula. Similarly, Minbie nipples may even help to reverse the symptoms of reflux and colic in babies that have had trouble breastfeeding due to a physiological impediment such as a tongue-tie.
If your baby suffers from reflux and/or colic, or if you want to avoid your baby from suffering from both conditions, the first thing to do is choose Minbie teats when bottle-feeding your baby. It’s also best to make sure you’re using your Minbie correctly, so check out the instructions delivered with every Minbie purchase.
Next, make sure you burp your baby regularly. Your baby may also benefit from being fed in a semi-upright position. Some babies will also benefit from being fed more regularly so each feed is a little smaller. Check out the information in our posts on reflux and colic for even more tips.
Here at Minbie we’re all parents just like you and we understand how you just want what’s best for your little one. We know that reflux and colic can have a huge impact on your family so contact us now using our 24/7 live chat feature and let us help you choose the right Minbie flow-rate for your little one. We’ll help get you off to a great start with Minbie teats.
If your baby really suffers with severe reflux and/or colic symptoms, especially if your baby isn’t gaining enough weight or if you’re struggling to cope, don’t hesitate to seek help from a medical professional. This can help you get the support you need but it’s also important because there may be some other underlying medical condition that can be treated.
Please note that the information included in this blog post is for informational purposes only. It should not be construed as medical advice.