Posted by Thursday, 23 February 2017

Ways To Help Baby Feeding Issues


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Whether you are bottle feeding or breastfeeding your baby, it is common for babies to get colic, reflux and constipation. Studies show that up to 55% of babies are likely to experience common feeding issues at least once during the first 6 months. My second child, Elliw, had colic when she was a couple of weeks old, and she would cry from 10pm until 1am most nights. It was heartbreaking knowing she was in pain. As she got older, she got constipated a few times, but the bicycle cycle motion helped her. 

When we see our children in pain or unwell, we want to make them better as soon as possible. SMA Nutrition has made an infographic giving tips to parents about "6 Ways to help your baby's reflux and constipation". In the infographic, SMA Nutrition gives advice on how to help a baby if they have reflux or constipation. If your baby has reflux, you can help them by feeding them little but often. Feeding in an upright position could help your baby's reflux, I found this a little difficult to do when I was breastfeeding but I still managed it. Burping your baby frequently between feeds can also help reflux. 

Baby constipation is very uncomfortable, but there are ways you can help your baby if they are constipated. The infographic mentions doing the bicycle cycle motion can help your baby's constipation as well as giving their tummy a gentle massage. If you are bottle feeding your baby it is important to follow the preparation instructions, so the baby doesn't get too little water or too much powder. As your baby grows, they will start weaning which can cause constipation and it's important to make sure your baby gets enough fibre in their diet, and a drink of cooled boiled water can help. If your baby doesn't pass a stool every day, it does not mean that they are constipated, but if they regularly pass every day, then it might be constipation.

Here are more ways to help your baby;



'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.'

51 comments:

  1. A great post for me to come across, this has been very helpful. Thank you

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  2. Some good advice for mamas with feeding babies

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  3. It's so overwhelming at first with babies and feeding! It's really helpful to have ideas to help.

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  4. These are all great tips for new mums. My daughter had colic when she was a baby, it is so awful when they cry like that :(

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  5. really good advise, i should bookmark this for a future read.

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  6. My youngest son was terrible at feeding and had terrible reflux. Great tips though x

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  7. Great read and excellent advise for new parents! xo

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  8. aw these are some actually really good tips and advice! I shall link it to my friend who just gave birth last week x

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  9. These are great tips! I have not got children but I have two friends that have given birth recently so will share with them x

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  10. Looks like there are some good tips here. I'm not a mom so i don't really know about any of these x

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  11. It must be very overwhelming for a new parent and to see baby in pain. It's nice to see helpful tips and simply x

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  12. Very helpful and advice for parents dealing with colic or reflux and how to help reduce this, as well as dealing with issues of constipation. I'm sure these are not easy issues for parents to deal with, especially seeing their baby in pain x

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  13. What a great post for mamas and especially first time mums who feel overwhelmed with information and not sure what to do next x

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  14. Great advice and helpful tips for all parents and babysitters!

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  15. Great advice. Mine have grown out of this thankfully but I will pass this on to a fried that has just had a baby.

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  16. I have reflux myself and smaller meals but more of them across the day seems to help so your right to make that point x

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  17. Aww I can only imagine how hard it is to see your baby in pain! I'm sure this post will help a lot of moms :)

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  18. It must be so hard hearing your baby in pain but either not knowing what to do to help, or not being able to do anything x

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  19. Fab tips! You just can't get enough great advice in the early stages! I struggles so much and both my boys had different issues to face. Will share x

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  20. Some very helpful advice here for parents and new parents alike.

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  21. ive sent this to my colleague and he was telling me the issues he's currently facing this morning. helpful post! :)

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  22. Some very helpful advice, it's awful to see little ones suffering.

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  23. Great advice for those mus out there with feeding babies x

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  24. Some really good advice for what I can imagine are two nightmare scenarios x

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  25. Fabulous advice here for new mums and dads. Easy to print and keep to hand too x

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  26. This is a really helpful post with a lot of advise that would help new mums.

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  27. Such helpful advice, there's some great tips in here!

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  28. My daughter had colic and it was horrible to see her being so uncomfortable. Lots of grassy tips here though.

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  29. Great tips. Not grassy tips haha.

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  30. This was a great post, really insightful. I'm not a mother but it will definitely help others.

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  31. Great advice! My friend has just had a baby, so I am going to pass these tips onto her x

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  32. My little one suffered with terrible reflux, it is so hard to know what to do for the best in that situation.

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  33. This is a fantastic post with some really useful tips! I know some people who will find this really useful. Thanks for sharing x

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  34. Brilliant tips, baby feeding is a minefield eh?!

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  35. Will share this post with a friend of mine who's expecting 👍🏻

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  36. One of my twins had really bad reflux so we tried all those tips and they really do work. Mich x

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  37. Fantastic post, resourceful and informative. Great for moms all around.

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  38. Great tips for Mumma's who are having feeding issues

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  39. Max suffered constipation and reflux, we used most of the tips above. It was a hellish time x

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  40. I am sure we have all had a baby who has had constipation and were unsure how to deal with it.This is a great post for new mums and very reassuring.

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  41. We had all sorts with my three. I'm pleased we have passed that stage now as it can be very stressful for baby and parents.

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  42. A great post for those with kids :) x

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  43. A great post. I don't have kid but this is useful for a new mum. xx

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  44. Love the infographic, great advice! My mummy used the bicycle cycle motion technique too x

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  45. It must be so hard to see babies struggling to feed but finding it hard to know what to do x

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  46. I find cooled, boiled water and holding legs up into a squat position when the time is right! Also prunes!!

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  47. I'm going to send this straight over to my friend Tasha. Her little one is finding it hard and shes not sure what to do so this could really benefit her!

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  48. I didn't realize babies could deal with such intense feeding issues- poor things! These are great tips that seem super helpful.

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  49. I don't have kids but there is some great advice here x

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  50. My little lad was lucky to escape both of these issues, it is terrible when you know your child is in pain.

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  51. I don't have children, but this is really great advice for future and new mummies! 😄 xx

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