Whilst the newborn baby days are magical, being a new parent can be overwhelming and intense. Nothing can prepare you for the ups and downs, and the many challenges that a newborn can bring.
Unfortunately, babies do not come with a manual and getting to know a baby takes time (and patience). When a new baby cries, guessing games develop that can undermine a parent’s confidence.
SMA Nutrition’s goal is to support mums and dads, and provide them with information that will help them in their parenting journey.
SMA Nutrition has just launched a campaign to help raise awareness of some of the common feeding issues that babies can experience in their first few months of life; constipation, reflux, colic and lactose intolerance.
These feeding issues can affect all babies – both breast and bottle fed. Studies show that up to 55% of infants experience one of these feeding issues in their first 6 months. This is completely normal, as it can take time for baby’s digestive system to develop.
Both of my boys, Jack and Hudson, were troubled with colic and constipation in the first couple of months following birth.
Jack, my first born, suffered regularly with constipation and the pain in his face was clear to see. Naturally, I had a strong desire to care for and protect him, however, at times I felt completely out of my depth and totally helpless. Seeing him cry was very distressing for me.
Hudson, my 6-month old, suffered mainly with colic. As a result, he would constantly cry, always seemed uncomfortable and would often refuse his milk. Thankfully, the colic passed within 6 weeks and apart from a little constipation, he has been otherwise fine.
SMA Nutrition have created the following infographic, that illustrates useful tips on how to help with baby constipation.
‘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.’