As I mentioned, my relationship with breastfeeding was tumultuous and didn’t end well (I fared better with baby #2). So, I tried a few different pre-digested formulas to be as easy on his sensitive tummy as possible. They were more expensive than standard formulas, and they produced some nasty spit-up smells, but it did cut back some of his tummy troubles. Both Enfamil Nutramigen and Similac Alimentum were great choices, and I ended up with Alimentum. For later baby months, I found Nestle Good Start to be gentle on his tummy as well (and sweeter smelling for sure!).
He needed to hear womb-like sounds to calm down. His favorite tunes were: air conditioner hums, vacuum cleaner lullabies, and his all-time favorite song - a lawn mower and heartbeat duet. The key was to loop the CD so it wouldn’t fade out - if it faded, he woke up screaming. Here are some options for white noise machines (or record your own!).
There are tons of choices now for anti-air bubble bottles, but at the time, Dr. Browns was what my mom friends recommended, and they worked really well. I could visibly see less bubbles going in to his gassy guts, and it made me feel like I was doing something to help!