Even with the best nutrition and care, many babies have feeding problems of one sort or another, especially in their first year of life.
A baby’s digestive and immune systems can take time to fully mature and this can sometimes lead to digestive problems or even allergies.
Reflux happens when a baby’s stomach contents escape back up to into their oesophagus (food pipe) and into their mouth. Reflux usually happens soon after a feed, and can cause babies to “spit up” milk or vomit.
Colic is a term used to describe excessive, uncontrollable crying or fussing in babies who are otherwise healthy and well fed.
Formula fed babies are more prone to constipation, and can cause painful bowel movements and distress.
Cow’s Milk Protein Allergy is a common food allergy in babies, and can cause varied symptoms including rash, digestive problems, and a failure to thrive.
Babies who wake often due to hunger are often grumpy and tired, and may be at risk of overfeeding and excessive weight gain.
Babies with diarrhoea lose a lot of water as well as valuable electrolytes like sodium and potassium, and can quickly become dehydrated.
Breastfeeding is best for babies and has many benefits, such as protecting your baby from infection while their immune system develops. It is important that you eat a healthy, balanced diet in preparation for and during breastfeeding. Infant formula is designed to replace breast milk when an infant is not breastfed. Combining breast and bottle feeding in your baby’s first weeks of life may reduce your supply of breast milk, and reversing a decision not to breastfeed is difficult. The social and financial implications of using infant formula should be considered when choosing a method of feeding. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions when preparing and using infant formula, including proper sterilisation of bottles and using boiled water. Improper use of an infant formula may make your baby ill. Always consult your doctor, midwife or health care professional for advice about feeding your baby.
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