You've prepared the perfect feeding bottle but your baby isn't interested. What to do? There are a number of reasons why your baby maybe uninterested in the bottle you prepared or why your little one may seem sick after eating?
The most common problems and the easiest to fix is when a bottle is dispensing formula incorrectly. If you're new to bottle feeding, the nipple which dispenses formula is sold in varying sizes for children of different ages.
- A newborn's nipple will dispense small—small amounts of formula. While one made for a toddler offers faster formula flow.
- If you use a nipple that is too small. It will force you baby to suck very hard. Which makes it tough to get enough to eat.
- Meanwhile, a nipple that is too large causes formula to flow too quickly. This may force your baby to take big gulps of air which can lead to speeding up painful gas or bloating.
- Even if your baby's nipple is the right size. It's possible that it's become clogged or thorn. Both of which make it even harder.
You can test for nipple problems by holding a bottle upside down and observe it what happens. Every nipple will dispense a different size drops of liquid.
A properly functioning one should release about one drop per second.
If the nipple isn't in perfect condition. It is possible that your intense formula is too hot or too cold. Room temperature or just a bit warmer is preferred for babies.
Meanwhile, if you're infant spits up frequently during feedings. Your little one may just need to be burped more often. Try to burp your baby after every two ounces of formula.
Older babies will often tend to burp himself. So, this frequent burping practices is really intended for the younger babies.
Another set a formula feeding problems may manifest as wheezing, mealtime irritability or a tendency to arch the back after feeding. The signs point to reflux—a problem that occurs when the valve connecting your baby's esophagus to the stomach isn't working properly yet. This allows painful digestive acids to flow out of the stomach and back up toward the mouth.
If you suspect reflux, talk to your doctor about ways to ease the ache. There are a number of solutions that can be attempted before a trial if medications. But, if none of these measures including medications makes intense feeding easier. It's possible that your baby may be sensitive to something in the formula.
For example, a baby who experiences a good deal of gas, diarrhea and bloating may be allergic to cow's milk-the base of most formulas.
If there is blood in your baby stools. This is even more likely to be 'what's going on?'
If that's the case your baby may do better on a soy base product. Although, some 20% of intense with the cow's milk allergy have a soy allergy too.
If your baby is allergic to both cow's milk and soya. Your doctor may recommend the hydrolysate formula like Nutramigen or Alimentum. Hydrolysate formulas contain pre-digested milk proteins. So, your baby's tender tummy won't get upset during the digestive process.
Also, don't worry if that specialized formulas may not smell appetizing to you. They are perfectly nutritious for your baby.
Whatever you suspect, the formula feeding problem is. Take it seriously! That bottle is an important source of your baby's nutrition for at least the first six months of life.