How To Solve Baby Feeding Problems

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Having a newborn baby can be very overwhelming and you might have a lot of questions about the care and feeding of your precious baby. If you have a baby, you need to figure out a feeding method that is suitable for your baby.

Breastfeeding

Your baby can develop a lifetime of healthy body with the right start. And breastfeeding is still the best way to feed your baby. Breastfeeding gives a right amount and quality of vitamins and minerals to match your baby's first nutritional needs. For the first 6 months of your baby, he will get what he needs from your breast milk. It aids your baby's digestive system, which means constipation and diarrhoea is unlikely. A mother's milk also contains antibodies and other immune factors that protect your baby against illnesses. In addition, an exclusively breastfed baby should get a daily supplement of Vitamin D in a drops form.

Formula Feeding

This is mostly used when the breast milk is not available for your baby due to some conditions. However, you need to know the proper ways to prepare the formula milk. If it is not properly prepared, it may cause malnutrition and other illnesses. First, you need to prepare the milk product, the baby bottle, and something to measure the milk powder and water. You can read on the milk product's can for the right preparation instructions.

Feeding Problems

• Breastfeeding And Bottle Feedings For Your Baby's Sleep.

According to research, combining breast and bottle feedings could potentially lead to sleeping problems. After the breastfeeding, your breast stimulates the brain that more milk is needed for the next feeding. If you will alternate the feeding with bottle feeding, the natural processes of your body are interfered and less breast milk will be produced because of the less stimulation of the breast. As a result, your baby's stomach is not filled up and will require more feeding. Most probably, your baby will wake up more often at night.

• Milk Allergy

This may happen due to an immature gastrointestinal tract and immune system. As a result, the baby has no protection against common allergens found in cow's milk which is the primary basis of formula milks. The baby's immune system views the milk protein as a foreign body and tries to fight it off. The manifestation of the allergic reaction includes loose stools, vomiting, irritability, and skin rashes. This problem can be solved by eliminating milk proteins from the feeding by switching to a hypoallergenic formula or soy milk.

• Baby Reflux

Most babies spit up because of the immature valve that separates the esophagus and stomach. Gastroesophageal reflux in babies occurs when the feeding is regurgitated through the mouth or nose causing discomfort to babies and worries to parents. To solve this problem, try a small frequent feeding for your baby, burp the baby during and after feeding, position the baby upright during and after feeding, and try a hypoallergenic formula, as this problem can be caused by an allergy to formula milk.

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Lynn Shanon M Bailey has 1 articles online

If you would like to know more about pregnancy, birth and newborns including baby feeding tips or breast milk breastfeeding you will find all the answers you need at Newborn Baby, the site for Australian Parents.

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This article was published on 2010/11/30