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Common Breastfeeding Worries And What To Expect

Common breastfeeding worries and what to expect

If your baby has problems breastfeeding, as a new mum, it can be worrying. It's natural to think that something's wrong, but often, problems can be easily sorted. The information below looks at the causes and solutions to some common breastfeeding problems. 

Breastfeeding problems your baby could have

Breastfeeding can be difficult to learn at first. Although it's a very natural thing to do, your baby's brand new to it! But sometimes there can be medical reasons behind breastfeeding problems which can affect your baby's appetite or the way they absorb food and vital nutrients. Here are some of the causes of breastfeeding problems and the signs which will help you to identify them.

Colic

You'll recognise colic by a flushed face, clenched fists, and legs pulled up to the chest with 2-3 hour spells of loud crying, often 15 minutes after feeding though it can happen at any time during the first few weeks. It's very common and occurs about 1-2 hours in every 10 babies. Find out more about colic and what you can do to relieve it here.

Crying before breastfeeding

More often than not if your baby is crying before you breastfeed them it will be due to hunger. As you get to know your baby you'll begin to understand what their different cries mean. 

Crying after breastfeeding

More often than not if your baby is crying after breastfeeding it's likely to be wind or colic. It's really important to wind your baby properly after every breastfeed; we can show you how here. 

Poor weight gain

It's natural for your baby to lose weight after birth but they should steadily put it back on. However all babies are different and will tend to do this at different rates. Your doctor will monitor weight gain. 

Vomiting

It's quite normal for your baby to bring up a little breast milk after feeding - this is known as posseting. However if they do this very regularly and it's more than a little amount they may have reflux, in which case you must speak with your doctor. 

Diarrhoea

Diarrhoea may be caused by a virus or it could be a feeding issue so it's best to speak to your doctor about it. 

Medical problems

Just like us, feeling poorly can put your baby off their food. If they're full of a cold with a blocked-up nose it can make it difficult to breathe, which might mean your baby doesn't want to close their mouth to feed. 

More seriously, food intolerances can be responsible for weight loss or difficulty feeding, and it's worth getting your baby checked out by your doctor if you think there's something wrong.