Maybe you'll be one of the lucky ones and your baby will be a champion eater right off the bat. But if she's like most babies, you're likely to run into a few hiccups (and other things) along the way.

Common feeding issues

Here are a few of the more common feeding issues and how to deal with them.

Hiccups

Most babies hiccup after meals, especially in the first few months. Hiccups aren't necessarily a sign of tummy-aches or indigestion.

Tip: Try burping her, in case she has air in her tummy.

Spitting Up

Babies commonly spit up after meals. She may have swallowed air while feeding. Maybe she was overstimulated, overfed, or rushed through a feeding. Or is responding to a change in the environment. Also, spitting up can occur if the formula is flowing too fast into your baby's mouth.

Tips:

  • Give her smaller and more frequent feedings.
  • Make each feeding as calm and relaxed as possible.
  • Avoid interruptions during feedings.
  • Burp her more often.
  • Turn her bottle upside-down to check the flow. It should come out one drop at a time, not a steady stream. Change the flow by adjusting the tightness of the bottle-top screw ring, or by changing to a slower flow nipple.
  • If her spitting up continues, ask your baby's doctor about thickened formulas designed to reduce spit up, such as Enfamil A.R.®.

Fussiness and Gas

When a baby is born, her digestive system is still maturing, and continues to develop over the first several months. Because of this, you may experience a gassy or fussy baby. It's not unusual.

Tips:

  • Try burping her, in case she has air in her tummy.
  • Give her smaller and more frequent feedings.
  • Make each feeding as calm and relaxed as possible.
  • If your baby is swallowing too much air during feeding, check the nipple to see if it is clogged, or if she's ready for a faster-flow nipple.
  • Also check the angle at which you're holding the bottle during feeding. Always tip the bottle downward into your baby's mouth at a 45° angle with the nipple full of milk, not air.
  • Avoid interruptions during feedings.
  • Ask your baby's doctor about special formulas designed for gassy or fussy babies, such as Enfamil PREMIUM® Gentlease®.

Colic

Long periods of inconsolable crying, often at the same time of day. Fussiness. Issues with sleep. Gas pains. If these sound familiar, your baby may have colic, possibly from a protein allergy, so talk to your baby's doctor about it.

Tips:

  • Wrap your baby securely in a blanket or body carrier, then hold her close and rock her gently.
  • Walk with her.
  • Put her in her car seat and take her for a drive.
  • Give her a bottle. Don't let her go hungry for long periods of time.
  • Try a pacifier.
  • Put on a soothing CD.
  • Ask your baby's doctor about hypoallergenic formula options for babies with colic due to cow's milk protein allergy, such as Nutramigen® with Enflora™ LGG®*.

Stooling Difficulty

Formula-fed babies generally have at least one bowel movement a day, which ranges from yellow to brown to green in color and has the consistency of peanut butter.

Tips:

  • If you are concerned about her stools, call her doctor.
  • Ask your baby's doctor about special formulas designed to gently help your baby's digestive system promote soft, comfortable stools, such as Enfamil® Reguline®.

Sleepiness

Some babies have trouble staying awake long enough to eat well. You'll know your baby is getting enough to eat if she:

  • Eats 8+ times per day in the first 2-3 weeks
  • Has 6-8 wet diapers per day
  • Has 1-3 bowel movements per day

Tips:

If your baby is too sleepy to eat, try:

  • Looking at her, touching her and talking to her in varying tones
  • Undressing her to stimulate alertness
  • Gently rubbing the sole of her foot
  • Talking to your baby's doctor

*LGG is a registered trademark of Chr. Hansen A/S.