Baby bottles and abdominal colic – is there a connection?

“Infant colic” is a very common problem and while up to 80% of parents report that their children suffer from this at least temporarily, there is to this day no clear scientific explanation for the nature and origin of this condition. Even among paediatricians, opinions on this are quite varied. Young mothers in particular are worried sooner and more easily when their baby cries whereas more experienced mothers may not go to their paediatrician since they consider this to be normal behaviour. Many “home remedies” have been tried including cherry pit sacks, abdominal massage, warm baths, ointments and more. Homeopathics and Simethicone (Antiflat, Lefaxin, Sab Simplex) are also used frequently. There is nothing to contradict the proper use of these types of therapy though their effectiveness is very limited. Lately, probiotics have also been said to help but information supporting this is incomplete. There are several smaller studies and a large-scale study from 2003 that show colic is less frequent in babies that are breastfed compared to bottle-fed babies. This could have something to do with drinking from the breast being different than drinking from a bottle. Drinking from the breast consists of sucking and “stripping” the milk through the action of the baby’s tongue while drinking from a conventional bottle is primarily a sucking process.

Which role does the bottle play with regard to colic?

Since we do not know what “infant colic” is exactly, it is difficult to determine what influence bottles may have. To answer this question, we have – as described by Bettina Lehner below – studied the effect of a vented bottle in cooperation with paediatricians from Upper Austria. The results indicate that swallowing air and the type of bottle actually do have an influence.

In “traditional” baby bottles negative pressure builds up while drinking, which must be equalised by allowing more air into the bottle every few seconds. Some newer bottles provide more frequent equalisation through a vent in the teat which lets air in. And now here is a bottle which lets air in through a “base vent”. This means the air is entering the bottle from the other end and does not pass through the milk, which reduces foaming and air swallowing.

MAM Anti-Colic: Unique in three ways.

Thanks to the vented base, silk teat and self-sterilising feature.

One of the most frequent questions from parents of infants in clinical practice concerns how to handle colic or colic-like symptoms. Most attention is on methods of relief. The best possible prevention is in the middle. Once a baby is no longer breastfed or breastfed exclusively, using the right bottle is important.

Vented baby bottles are among the methods used to reduce symptoms of colic. The vent should equalise the pressure inside the bottle and provide for a smooth, even drinking flow. In cooperation with medical experts, technicians and designers, MAM has developed the Anti-Colic with its patented vent system.

The Anti-Colic is unique in three ways:

  1. The Anti-Colic puts an innovative system to use. The Anti-Colic has a vented base which ensures optimal pressure equalization. Babies swallow less air and drink completely relaxed. This is confirmed by more than just scientific studies** but also by 80% of the mothers.

* Consumer study USA 2010, tested with 131 mothers.
**Medical study of 73 infants exhibiting colic, Austria 2011

  1. The patented MAM Silk Teat feels perfect for babies thanks to its silky soft surface.
  2. The Anti-Colic is self-sterilizing – quick and easy with just a couple of steps. Hygienic disinfection is that simple.


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