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Common Formula Feeding Worries

Formula fed babies can sometimes have trouble when taking their bottle and this can be really worrying. Things like colic and reflux are common and could be caused by anything from acid reflux or a formula intolerance to issues with the bottle and nipple. Below is a list of common worries that parents and carers of formula fed babies may experience. 

Common Worries

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  • Can I overfeed my baby?
  • I think my baby has an allergy to the formula?
  • My baby gets sick after feeds (Reflux)
  • My baby has lots of wind after bottle feeds
  • My Baby has Oral Thrush
  • My baby might be constipated?

Can I overfeed my baby?

Yes it is possible to overfeed a formula fed baby. Overfeeding can cause bad wind, cramps, vomiting and sleep problems. But try not to worry too much about this. Its easy to avoid overfeeding your baby if you know their feeding cues. Sometimes they may just want a cuddle and not want to be fed! Click the link below to find out more.

How Much Milk?

I think my baby has an allergy to the formula?

It’s important to see your GP if your baby is having a reaction to formula milk. They may be lactose intolerant but it’s also possible they have a cow’s milk allergy. These problems need to be treated differently, so don’t make any changes to your baby’s diet until they’ve been seen by your GP

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My baby gets sick after feeds (Reflux)

Getting sick after a feed is really common in young babies and often gets better on its own. It usually starts before the baby is 8 weeks old and gets better by the time they are 1. Your baby does not usually need to see a doctor if they have reflux, as long as they're happy, healthy and gaining weight.

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My baby has lots of wind after bottle feeds

When bottle feeding your baby, the flow of milk from the teat may make your baby gulp air between swallows. You can help to reduce wind by keeping your baby as upright as possible when you give him his bottle. Tilt the bottle enough for the milk to completely cover the teat hole. Also, you can make sure they get burped after feeding. Click the link below to find out more about burping your baby.

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My Baby has Oral Thrush

Oral Thrush in formula fed babies is often caused by a bottle teat or dummy which has come into contact with a bacteria called Candida. It can look like white patches on the lips, tongue or inside of the cheek. Speak to your GP or ring just one number if you suspect your child has oral thrush. Click the link below to find out more.

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My baby might be constipated?

If your baby is very uncomfortable or clearly in real pain, and his poos are small and hard, then they may be constipated. This is very rare in babies who are solely breastfed, but not uncommon in babies who have formula, or who have solid foods. If you are worried, call Just One Number who will be able to advise you. Click the link below to find out more.

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Who Can Help?

If your baby is less than 28 days old you can contact your local midwifery team or you can contact the Healthy Child Programme at any time following your baby's birth by calling Just One Number on 0300 300 0123 or texting Parentline on 07520631590.

Our opening hours are 8am-6pm Monday-Friday (excluding bank holidays) and 9am-1pm on Saturdays. Norfolk Healthy Child Programme has a team of infant feeding champions who can contact you by video call/telephone initially to discuss your questions and refer you to further help if required. All of our staff are trained to Unicef standards to provide you with the best possible feeding support and advice.

*Click here* to read the Essential Guide to Feeding & Caring for your Baby. 

If you would like to make connections with other parents please click on the links for our Just One Norfolk Community Forum; the Norfolk Community Directory and Early Childhood & Family Service (ECFS) below

            

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