Baby Eating Problems?

Uniontown, PA

#1 Sep 29, 2008
Some simple causes that may make your baby scream while eating is the formula is either coming out too fast or not fast enough from the bottle’s nipple. If you turn a full bottle over, you should get about a drop per second. If it is slower or a faster stream, try another nipple. You may also consider the formula may be too hot or cold. Are you warming your child’s bottle? If so pay attention to how you are doing it. Make sure it is getting to the right temperature, by checking a little of the formula on the inside of your wrist first.

If your baby is fussy, doesn’t want to eat, and spits up a lot, then they could have reflux.

A formula intolerance might also cause a baby to be fussy during feedings, although these children also usually have other symptoms, like diarrhea or a lot of gas. If this is the problem and your child is on a cow’s milk based formula, like Enfamil Lipil, Similac Advance, or Nestle Good Start Supreme, then a change to a soy or elemental formula might be helpful. Be sure to talk to your Pediatrician before changing your baby’s formula though.

At this point, you likely need a recheck with your Pediatrician, especially to make sure that your child is gaining weight well. He or she will likely be a little more aggressive now in looking for a cause of your child’s problem now that it has been lingering for over a week. If you are not comfortable seeing the same doctor again, then a recheck with another Pediatrician might be a good idea.
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Northampton, UK

#2 Dec 4, 2008
my baby is 11 months old and doesnt hardly eat. some times she will not eat anything but will have 2 bottles of milk and thats it but she is still gaining weight and is active and happy but she still wakes up for a bottle in the night and doesnt sleep to well i really dont know what to do as i cant force feed her. what can i do?

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