Common Feeding Problems and What to Expect

Common feeding concerns and what to expect
Common feeding concerns and what to expect

If your baby has difficulty feeding, it can be a real worry, especially as a new mum. While it's natural to think that something's wrong, problems can often be easily sorted out. Remember, feeding is new to your baby, and can take a while to get used to.

Common Feeding Problems and What to Expect

Feeding problems your baby could have

Although it's a very natural thing to do, feeding is a brand new experience for your baby and may take time to get used to.

Sometimes there may be medical reasons behind feeding problems. These can affect your baby's appetite or the way they absorb food and vital nutrients.

7 common feeding problems and how to spot the signs

  • 1


    Signs of colic include a flushed face, clenched fists, and legs pulled up to the chest, with two- to three-hour spells of loud crying a day, for at least three days a week, for three weeks. It's very common and occurs in up to one in four young babies. If this is persistent, it's best to speak to your doctor about it.

  • 2

    Crying before feeding

    If your baby cries before you feed them, more often than not, it will be because they're hungry. As you get to know them better, you'll begin to understand what their different cries mean.

  • 3

    Crying after feeding

    If your baby cries after feeding, it could be wind or colic. It's really important to wind your baby properly after every feed to help them burp up any trapped wind.

  • 4

    Poor weight gain

    It's natural for babies to lose weight after birth but they should steadily put it back on. Your doctor will monitor your baby's weight gain and let you know if they have any concerns.

  • 5


    Some babies bring up a little milk after feeding. If they do this very regularly, and it's more than a small amount, they may have reflux. If this is the case, you should speak to your doctor.

  • 6


    Diarrhoea may be caused by a virus or it could be a feeding issue, so it's best to speak to your doctor about it.

  • 7

    Feeling unwell

    Just like us, feeling poorly can put your baby off their food. A cold or a blocked-up nose can make it difficult to breathe, which might mean your baby doesn't want to close their mouth to feed.

More seriously, food intolerances can be responsible for weight loss or difficulty feeding, so it's worth taking your baby to the doctor if you think there's something wrong.

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