Baby Feeding Issues in the Early Days

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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.

newborn feeding upset

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.

Feeding crying upset baby

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.’

Lisa x

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    February 23, 2017 at 10:25 pm

    My son suffered from reflux and constipation quite a lot and it was horrible. Great tips here!

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    Tooting Mama
    February 23, 2017 at 8:44 pm

    I really feel for mums’ who experience feeding issues with their kids. My adopted children came with their own food issues was hard to overcome. Hard for you and baby. Great campaign.

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    February 23, 2017 at 8:35 pm

    aw so good to know! I struggled with my first one but not because of constipation or reflux it was due to tongue tight so the first couple of months breastfeeding her was really a nightmare. But we overcame it and enjoyed breastfeeding until she was 2 years old 🙂

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    February 23, 2017 at 7:35 pm

    aww bless, not nice for babies when they have this 🙁

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    February 23, 2017 at 2:50 pm

    Feeding issues in babies are so common and can be quite stressful. My Sd never liked SMA only had the boob then apatamil

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    Lyndsey O'Halloran
    February 22, 2017 at 10:33 pm

    Erin had reflux and it was awful. I’m she grew out of it though now

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      Lisa Hudson
      February 23, 2017 at 9:54 am

      The pain must be terrible. Makes you feel useless at the time! x

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    Newcastle Family Life
    February 22, 2017 at 8:47 pm

    I used SMA milk with all three of my children since birth and really rate it. I was lucky my girls took to feeding no problem and were fairly easy baby’s, my son on the other hand had lots of digestive problems due to being born a little early . xx

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      Lisa Hudson
      February 23, 2017 at 9:56 am

      Ah bless him, hopefully all is well now though xx

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    Rhian Westbury
    February 22, 2017 at 5:01 pm

    I know quite a few mothers who had feeding issues with their kids and I think it’s more common than not to experience x

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      Lisa Hudson
      February 22, 2017 at 5:27 pm

      Definitely, most people I talk too had feedings issues with their little ones. Such a difficult time and awful for baby too 🙁 x

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