Our expert says:
Yes, unfortunately a premmie has a lazy gut and this is usually the cause of flatulence, winds and crampiness. It would be best if you could start feeding your baby from the breast, since this will help that he get less air while sucking (feeding). If he finished his feed and has a wind you can just lay him down on his side (preferably left) and allow the wind to come out on its own time. If he remains uncomfortable it works well to do gentle tummy massage in a clockwise direction over his tummy (rather before a feed if you can). Winding rechniques that I find useful is placing him on his tummy over your leg or let him sit upright and support his chin with your thumb and index finger and the other hand support his back. Then gently move him from side to side, about shoulder width.
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