Top common baby feeding problems and how to solve them
Having a baby can be quite an overwhelming experience and you may have quite a few questions which need to be answered with regard to the care and feeding of your precious newborn. One thing which you will need to work on is the feeding method. It’s very important for you to figure out a feeding method which isn’t just suitable for your infant but for you as well.
There are two parts to this. The first part is when you are breastfeeding and the second is when you switch to formula. Let’s look at both individually:
1. Breastfeeding: The right start can help your baby develop a healthy body for life. Breastfeeding is the way to go here. This gives them the proper amount of vitamins and minerals to satisfy their nutritional needs. During the initial 6 months after birth, babies are supposed to be given breast milk and nothing else. It helps strengthen their digestive system and reduces the chances of diarrhea and constipation later on in life. The milk will also have antibodies as well as several other immune factors which protect them against illness. Apart from this, breastfed babies will also need a daily dose of vitamin D in the form of drops.
2. Formula: This is usually used when breast milk isn’t available for some reason or the other. But you should know the correct way of preparing formula milk or it will not be effective. When not prepared properly, it can lead to malnutrition or illness. Following the proper instructions here is the only way you can guarantee things will go along smoothly.
Now, let’s look at a few of the most common feeding problems that you may come across as a parent:
1. Sleep: Research shows that mixing breastfeeding with bottle feeding may cause sleep problems. This is because a mother’s breasts will stimulate the brain to produce additional milk for the concurrent feeding. If you alternate with bottle feeding, these natural processes will be interfered with and this will lead to the production of less breast milk due to reduced breast stimulation. This may result in your baby not getting full and requiring additional feeding. This may result in them waking up more frequently at night.
2. Milk allergy: This may be caused by an immature gastrointestinal tract or immune system. This will result in a baby having no protecting against common allergens which are found in the milk of cows which are the basis for formula milk. The immune system of the baby will treat milk protein as foreign bodies and try fighting it off. This will result in an allergic reaction including skin rashes, irritability, vomiting and loose stools. The only way to solve this problem is by getting rid of milk protein from feeding by simply switching to soy milk or a hypoallergenic formula.
3. Reflux: Most of the babies that spit up do so due to the immature valve which separates the stomach and the esophagus. Gastroesophageal reflux occurs in babies when food is regurgitated through their mouth or nose causing them discomfort and making you worry. In order to get rid of this problem, start feeding your baby smaller amounts and ensure you burp them after each feeding. Make sure to position them upright during as well as after the feeding too and try hypoallergenic formulas since the problem may be due to an allergy to regular formula milk.