BREAST FEEDING – COMMON FEEDING PROBLEMS OF THE BABY

 

UNDERFEEDING

Underfeeding and starvation due to feeding diluted milk is dangerous for the baby. Underfeeding is suggested by:

  • restlessness
  • irritability
  • excessive crying
  • constipation
  • failure to sleep
  • failure to gain weight adequately. There maybe poor gain in weight or an actual loss.
  • In extreme cases, the skin becomes dry and wrinkled, there is loss of subcutaneous tissue and the baby may assume the appearance of an “old man”. The baby may develop deficiencies of vitamins A, B, C, D and /or iron, and proteins

Causes of underfeeding

  • It may occur despite complete emptying by the breast or bottle.
  •  Many a times, dilution is done purely for economic reasons but the mother may give rationalized explanations. This is particularly so in babies receiving dried milk powder, as the cost of feeding full strength powdered milk formula becomes exorbitant.
  • It may also result from the baby’s failure to accept sufficient feeds even when offered.

Treatment

  • Increase the fluid and calorie intake of the baby.
  • Correct the vitamins, minerals and protein deficiencies.
  • It is for the mother to understand the technique and art of baby feeding.
  • In case your baby does not accept feeds even when offered,consult a pediatrician to rule out any underlying problems.