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Common Challenges While Feeding Infants

Common Challenges While Feeding Infants

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Motherhood is a blessing. The joy of holding your new born in your hands is divine. Nurturing and caring for your baby is an activity that should be taken seriously. It requires you as parents, be it the mother or the father to tend to every single need (nutrition and sanitary care) of your little one 24X7 of each day. 

Monday, June 25th, 2018

Babies, especially one to eight months take time to adjust to dietary schedules organized for them by their parents. Parents on the other hand have to monitor the baby’s feeding routine diligently. This is where parents face a few challenges: 

1. Tiredness

Avoid feeding the baby when it is tired. Reason being, they are reluctant to consume food due to a weakened physical condition.

2. Distraction Free Environment 

Babies eat well in surroundings that have less elements of commotion such as toys, music, and noise. Focus on creating a distraction-free environment for your baby to eat at peace. This is the only way by which you will be able to feed your baby all the necessary nutrients it requires. 

3. Colic Trouble 

When a baby cries nonstop for long hours, it is known as colic. In case of a colic episode, the baby shows facial discolouring, tightened fists and arched back. It is next to impossible to even feed the baby in such a state. 

4. Inadequate Time Gaps 

Ensure that there are sufficient time gaps between the baby’s breastfeeding session and time when the baby has to be administered solid foods. This is because babies akin to adults need to digest the breast completely. If the baby is offered solid foods immediately after being breast fed, it may not want to eat solids. Note that The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) suggests that breastfeeding should continue for at least 12 months.  

5. Allergies

Babies mainly suffer from various allergies such as lactose intolerance, egg and milk allergy. If your little one is undergoing such a phase then you need to administer the right medication in the prescribed dosage. This will reduce the effect of the allergies and allow your baby to reciprocate positively to the feeding schedule. 

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