When I had Libby, I was shocked at how much I didn’t know about baby feeding issues. I remember the nights we spent listening to the Carpenters because my husband got it into his head that calming music would help her to nod off. And in my sleep deprived state I thought he might have a point.
The cluster feeder
After a few nights of that, I realised that Libby was a baby who just wanted to feed all night. I’d start feeding her at around 5pm and some nights she’d feed until 5am before having a good few solid hours of sleep. This all stopped when she was eight weeks old, when she would doze off at around 10pm and sleep through until the morning.
So when Lia came along, I thought I had it sussed. It took a couple of days to establish feeding and I sat back and waited for the cluster feeding. It didn’t come. And when she was a couple of months old, I was ready for her to start sleeping through the night. But she didn’t.
It was only then that I realised that all babies are just so different. Baby feeding issues are really common and there’s no such thing as a one-size fits all way of coping with them. Because babies are just as individual at a week old as they will be on their first day of school.
Help with baby feeding issues – reflux and constipation
Reflux and constipation are some of the most common baby feeding issues. Reflux in babies can be upsetting for parents because you can see that your baby is uncomfortable but it’s difficult to know what to do about it.
SMA Nutrition have put together a guide to help with your baby’s reflux and constipation. There are six tips to help with each issue, so there are plenty of ideas to try so that you can find out what works best for 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.