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Common Formula Feeding Worries

Below are some of the most common formula feeding worries and questions that parents ask us. It is common to have concerns about feeding and our staff are Unicef trained to support you with any questions you have. If you are worried about your baby's feeding in any way please call Just One Number on 0300 300 0123 and we can help.  

Common Worries

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  • Can I overfeed my baby?
  • Has my baby got an allergy?
  • My baby is sick after feeds
  • My baby has lots of wind
  • My baby has oral thrush
  • Is my baby constipated?

Can I overfeed my baby?

It is possible to overfeed a formula fed baby. Some babies will naturally drink more than their tummy is comfortable with. If you follow the link below to understand more about their feeding cues and allow the baby to end the feed themselves, they are less likely to overfeed. If baby drinks more than their tummy can hold they may bring some milk back up or appear uncomfortable and unsettle after the feed. If you are worried that your baby is not settling after a feed please call Just One Number to speak to a member of our skilled team.

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Has my baby got an allergy?

If you are worried that your baby has an allergy or sensitivity to their formula feed please call Just One Number to speak to a member of our skilled team. It is important to discuss your baby's symptoms with a health professional as they may not be due to an allergy and it is not advised to change a babies first formula without seeking medical advice first. The health visitor will be able to talk with you about your baby's feeding and help your decide if you need to see a GP.

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My baby is sick after feeds

It is not unusual for babies to 'posset' or burp up some milk after a feed. This will be a small amount of milk that looks like curds. Sometimes babies will bring up more milk but if they are growing well and having wet and dirty nappies this is something they will usually grow out of by the age of one. If your baby is very distressed after vomiting, vomits large amounts that are projectile (shoots out violently) or seems not to be able to keep a feed down, please see your GP urgently or call 111.

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My baby has lots of wind

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. Burp your baby during and after feeds. Laying them face down across your legs and patting and rubbing their back can help babies who struggle to burp. Click on the link below to find out more about burping your baby.

How to burp your baby

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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Is my baby constipated?

Constipation is rare in babies who are solely breastfed, but can be more common in babies having formula or solid foods. Babies often appear to be straining when opening their bowels, going red in the face and making grunting noises. However if the poo is soft and normal colour they are not constipated. Please see the chart on our constipation page for what normal poo should look like and when there might be a problem. Please call Just One Number if you would like advice around your baby's pooing. If you see blood in their stool or nappy after they have pooed, please call 111 for advice. 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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