Typical feeding issues usually occur because your baby's digestive system is still developing, especially during his first 3 to 4 months. One way to gauge whether there's something more behind your baby's discomfort is to observe how he acts when you feed him or shortly afterward. Here’s what to watch for.
Fussiness and gas
For several months after birth, your baby's digestive system continues to develop. Until it’s mature, his digestive system may produce extra gas and tummy pain. Additionally, air swallowed during feedings or while crying can become trapped in the digestive tract, contributing to bloating and discomfort.
Burping often during feedings can help prevent issues. Or ask your doctor about formulas like Enfamil® Gentlease®, which helps with gas.
A 1-day-old baby has a stomach the size of a marble or grape, and at day 10, your baby's still-maturing stomach is only the size of an egg. So when feeding this tiny stomach, it's understandably easy to overfill. As your baby’s motor coordination and muscle tone strengthen, food will be held down better.
Spitting-up peaks around 1 to 4 months of age, and usually stops by 12 months.
To reduce spit-up, try the following tips:
- Stay upright. Hold or safely position your baby upright for 20 to 30 minutes after feeding.
- Burp every five minutes during feedings. Burp often during and after feedings to reduce air in your baby’s digestive tract.
- Avoid activity after a feeding. Plan some low-key time after feedings to help your baby’s food settle properly.
- Consult your pediatrician. If nothing seems to help your baby, talk to your doctor.
- Ask about thickened formulas. Formulas like Enfamil A.R.® are designed to reduce spit-up.
Grunting noises and strained faces are common, but if your infant seems especially uneasy or if you see blood in his stool, call your pediatrician. Ask about special formulas designed to encourage comfortable stooling, like Enfamil® Reguline®.
Could it be an allergy?
Wondering if your baby has a cow's milk protein allergy? Visit our allergy center.