is baby hungry?

could your breastfed baby be hungry?

 

if your baby is underweight and crying a lot, they may simply be hungry. it may seem that they are breastfeeding enough but perhaps they are simply not getting enough milk.

 

you can test this by offering them a bottle of either expressed milk or formula. if they gobble more down despite a recent feed, then continue bottle feeding and see if this helps.

when weight gain is slow...

 

there are various reasons why a baby doesn't gain weight as fast as it should:

 

  • breastfeeding problems like a failure to latch or poor milk supply

  • colic related issues like trapped gas and winds

  • formula doesn't suit the baby

  • reflux, often due to trapped pocket of gas

  • sickness

 

if you've ever had a big burp that needed to come out, you'll know that the last thing you felt like doing was drinking or eating a meal on top of it. and so it goes with babies. burps that haven't come up lead to pockets of gas in the intestinal area. these take up space and cause a feeling of bloating. the net result is less urge to feed. many parents will experience this as a 'colicky' or unhappy baby that is always hungry and never quite seems satisfied. the feeding interval can become very short.

if you are sure they are getting enough milk and you have been getting good burps to release, and baby is still unhappy, it is best to consult your pediatrician.