Breastfeeding is one of the best times of communication between you and your baby, but at times you may notice your baby crying and feeling irritated when feeding and you worry about it, don’t worry This behavior is common among 6-8 week old babies although it can happen at any time Another time, we will tell you the reasons why a baby cries when feeding and ways to deal with this problem.
Baby crying when feeding what is the reason?
Your baby may cry, or feel upset and nervous during breastfeeding, and this happens for several reasons, which we will present to you in the following points
- The position of your baby is not appropriate The reason for the crying of the baby when feeding and his discomfort may be the uncomfortable position of the baby for him. If the baby feels unstable, he will find it difficult to latch on to the breast.
- Slow milk flow The most common cause of a baby’s discomfort and crying when feeding is the slow flow of milk from the breast, especially when he is hungry, this may cause the baby to become upset and try to pull the breast constantly or leave the breast with crying.
- Baby’s preference for a bottle If a baby starts getting bottles of formula or expressed breast milk, he may cry and become upset when breast-feeding, particularly if the baby has had a slow flow of milk from the breast in the past.
- Inability to latch on to the breast The child may cry and feel upset when he is not able to latch on to the breast. In this case, the child’s crying is accompanied by moving away from the breast, shaking his head, and the child may suffer from this problem usually in the first two weeks of his life.
- Rapid flow of milk When your baby experiences a rapid flow of milk from the breast, he may not be able to coordinate between breathing and feeding, and this makes him feel very fussy and cry.
- Growth spurts The child goes through several growth spurts during the first three months of his life and after that, and the child is very hungry and cranky, these spurts last from one to two days, and may reach 3 or 4 days in some cases.
- Abdominal disorders It is normal for children to suffer from stomach disorders or gases that cause the child to cry and become upset during feeding.
- Baby Distraction or Tired Starting at the age of four months, the baby can be distracted a lot during breastfeeding, as he wants the baby to discover everything around him, and does not want to stop breastfeeding at the same time, and this is what makes the baby cry and get upset.
- Teething The cause of your baby crying while feeding may be teething. During this period, the baby may not want to put anything in his mouth due to the exacerbation of the pain.
Tips for dealing with a crying baby when feeding
After we explained to you the reasons for the crying of the baby when feeding, we will now introduce you to ways to deal with the crying of the baby
- Determine the best position to hold and hold your baby while breastfeeding.
- Provide plenty of skin-to-skin contact with your baby during, after and before feeding to soothe him.
- Preserve the milk supply in the breasts.
- Try to calm your baby before a feeding by holding him in his arms, rocking him or letting him suck his thumb and taking him to a quiet, dark room.
- Consult your doctor if you think you’re having problems with milk flow, if you think your baby isn’t getting enough milk or to order some over-the-counter remedies to soothe teething pain.
Finally, whatever the cause of the infant crying when feeding, do not worry and deal with it calmly and make sure to calm your child before starting the feeding session.