Crying, outright refusal of bottle feeding, and turning away from the bottles are just some of the most common signs of problems with bottle feeding a baby. Whatever the problems are, you should not be afraid as most parents experience these issues when bottle feeding their babies.
Rather than panicking, take your time to go through the following problems you may have when bottle feeding your baby:
Baby is allergic to milk
Due to intolerance of proteins and other ingredients in milk, many babies are allergic to formula milk or cow’s milk. If your baby is allergic to milk, you should not panic. You can easily deal with the problem by going for alternative baby formulas that do not have cow’s milk or other kinds of milk. Good examples of these baby formulas are Alimentum and Nutramigen baby formulas.
Baby refusing bottle
Baby refusing bottle is very common among babies that are exclusively breastfed for more than three months. Due to the long period of breastfeeding, the baby will note the difference in the mechanism of feeding if you suddenly switch to bottle feeding. Consequently, outright refusal of bottle feeding may be the response.
To solve this issue, the first thing you need to do is try out different types of nipples to see the ones that the baby likes. Also, you should avoid starting bottle feeding with baby formulas. Use expressed breast milk first. This makes sure that the food has a similar taste to what the baby has been taking before; thus, easing the transition to bottle feeding.
Baby is constipated on formula
Another common problem with bottle feeding is baby experiencing constipation. Generally, constipation is one of the disadvantages of many baby formulas on the market today. However, you can easily solve this problem. When you notice that your baby is constipated on formula, you should make sure that you do not feed her more than one teaspoon per 4 ounces. Also, if the baby is at least four weeks old, add a small quantity of prune juice to her formula.
Baby splitting up curdled milk
Notably, the digestive system of a baby is still at the developmental stage; therefore, it may not be receptive to curdled milk. When a baby is splitting up curdled milk or showing similar signs, you should offer small feeding to her several times instead of large feeding at once. In addition, the baby should be held upright when she is being fed. Once you are done with feeding, avoid juggling or bouncing the baby to prevent splitting up. Furthermore, burp the baby regularly when feeding.
Baby is distracted
Babies are humans too; hence, it is perfectly normal for them to be distracted if anything catches their attention. To deal with a distracted baby, remove all objects that are distracting her so that she can concentrate on enjoying her foods.
If any of these problems persist after trying out the solutions provided, you should not hesitate to see your pediatrician for assistance on how to bottle feed a baby.