As Taylor is now two, I’ve been thinking back to the new born days which really do seem like a lifetime ago. I’ve made no secret of the fact that I found those days challenging and, if I’m honest, I think I wished them by a little too much – always wanting to get to the next stage when she would be more independent, would be sleeping through, would be eating solids…
One of our more peaceful moments!
Like a lot of parents we struggled with the sleep deprivation, which was compounded by feeding issues that seemed to be endless at the time. Taylor was irritable and would cry continuously, which only seemed to get worse after a feed. We were told by the doctor that she probably had colic and she was also diagnosed with silent reflux.
I remember those long nights when our baby would be so uncomfortable after a feed that she was unable to go back to sleep. Three hours would pass of rocking her, burping her, singing her lullabys, swaddling and hearing her constantly bringing back her feed – and then she’d be hungry again and it was time for the next bottle. At times we got quite desperate as she was just so uncomfortable and we felt we couldn’t really help her. In hindsight, I think the only improvement for us came with age and her digestive development.
Reflux in babies is not uncommon. Studies show that up to 55% of babies are likely to experience minor feeding issues at some point in their first six months of life. This is completely normal, as it can take time for baby’s digestive system to develop and in the majority of cases, most babies grow out of it within the first 12 months.
Obviously, knowing that it’s nothing serious is a huge relief, but it doesn’t stop those feelings of exhasution, frustration and complete helplessness that we feel as parents – especially if it’s our first-time. However there are some things you can do to help baby feeding issues, outlined in the infographic below. It also helps to talk to your friends and family and ask them for help if you need it – it can be a testing time and it definitely helps to know that you aren’t alone.
Did your baby have baby feeding issues? What was your experience?
If your baby appears to be in pain or if you are concerned for any other reason, always seek the advice of a healthcare professional such as your GP, health visitor or public health nurse.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: The best way to feed a baby is to breastfeed, as breast milk provides the ideal balanced diet and protection against illness for your baby and also many non-nutritional benefits for both baby and mother. We recommend that you speak to your healthcare professional when deciding on your choice of feeding our baby.Professional guidance should also be sought on the preparation for and maintenance of breastfeeding. If you do choose to breastfeed, it’s important to eat a healthy, balanced diet. Infant formula is intended to replace breast milk when mothers choose not to breastfeed or if for some reason they are unable to do so. A decision not to breastfeed, or to introduce partial bottle feeding, will reduce the supply of breast milk. If for any reason you choose not to breastfeed, do remember that such a decision can be difficult to reverse. Using infant formula also has social and financial implications which must be considered. Infant formula must always be prepared, used and stored as instructed on the label, in order to avoid risks to a baby’s health.
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