Breastfeeding is very important for a newborn baby. It provides warmth, comfort, love and nurturing. Sometimes some babies scream or thrash around while breastfeeding. If it happens to you, don’t get panic. The question may arise in your mind whether you don’t have enough milk or whether your baby doesn’t like breastfeeding. Your parents may suggest you, give a bottle of milk to your baby after breastfeeding, and if your baby drinks more, then it means she didn’t get enough milk from you.
When baby grows up and gets ready to eat solid food, the baby may turn their head away from you. Baby crying while eating is quite common. They may start crying after seeing solid foods. Some babies behave like that due to several reasons. It can be due to some eating disorder or even due to food allergies. If your baby behaves like that, don’t press them to eat solid food. You must find out the reason why your child is crying while eating.
Why Does My Baby Cry While Eating And Breastfeeding?
Why Does Baby Cry while Eating and Breastfeeding?
There are a few common reasons why a baby cries while breastfeeding and eating. As a parent, you must show patience in finding out the reasons.
1. Your Baby Needs to Sleep
When small children are over tired, they may cry after a breastfeed. A few small children will sleep after breastfeeding. Well, many others cry a lot due to unsettled periods. They may sleep little. When you take off your breast, young babies may cry because they want to keep on sucking milk from your breast. A long stretch of sleep is needed to settle down this problem, and they may tend to cease around three months.
2. Your Baby is Not Getting the Right Amount of Milk
Some babies will pull off the breast and will start crying due to slow flow of breast milk. Babies will get impatient if the flow of milk slows down. They might pull off, arch her back and will start crying. Then you must try for breast compressions to get a regular flow of milk. You may also switch to the other breast to feed your baby.
3. Your Baby Might Have Stomach Pain
Baby having food sensitivity may experience from tummy pain and wind. This may cause her to start crying after breastfeeding. You must try to burp your baby after every feed. She will burp, and you can move on to perform the next task. Once your baby can sit upright, she will burp herself.
4. Your Baby is Teething
Teething remains painful for small children. If the tiny tot is crying after breastfeeding, you may check her gums. You can feel the sharp little tools erupting. Babies tend to cry more after a breastfeed when they are teething. Your baby may experience gum soreness while sucking milk. You may give your baby a gum massage. This may give relief to your child.
5. When Your Baby is Getting Too Much Milk
If there is an oversupply of breast milk, you may try to feed your baby more. This will make your child quite unsettled and gassy. This could be one of the reasons why your child is crying while breastfeeding. You may need to express milk, for your comfort. You may consult a doctor and take medication to decrease the milk supply.
6. Your Baby is Distracted
A baby over the age of 3 months may get distracted by her surroundings. You might be happy to feed her without giving attention to the surrounding area. But many curious babies are not ready to drink milk when they hear noise from another side of the room. If you don’t allow your child to look at what is happening around her, she may get irritated. So she may start to cry while feeding.
7. Your Baby Nose is Blocked
If your baby is has a fever with a blocked nose, this can make them difficult to breathe and suck when breastfeeding. So she may start crying while breastfeeding. You must position your baby upright for feeds. Make sure her chin is touching your breast and her nose is free to breathe while feeding. You must consult a doctor to help her clear her nose.
8. Signs that Your Baby’s Stomach is Full
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When feeding solids once a day, make sure you serve your child smaller meals. When large servings are placed in front of your baby, they may start crying. You can refill their plates if they want more. Each baby’s appetite will vary depending upon the number of times you feed them. A common sign of being their stomach full is to start crying while seeing food.
9. When Your Child Needs Variety of Food
Once your child starts eating solid food, you may start giving those pureed sweet potatoes, mashed apple, peaches, banana, and pear. They may not like the taste of certain food. If your child tends to see such food items on his plate, he may start crying. So avoid giving such food. You may try for variety and make the food more appealing using colorful ingredients.
10. Use Plastic Spoon for Feeding
If you use steel or wooden spoon for feeding, this may hurt your tiny tot’s mouth. So this can be one of the main reasons why she cries while eating food. You must use a soft- tipped plastic spoon to feed your child. This can keep your baby from hurting her gums. Scoop only a small amount of food, to fill its tip area to feed your baby.
A first-time parent may get worried when their baby cries loudly while breastfeeding. It may be sometimes hard to find out what your baby is trying to tell you. When you have not yet learned to recognize your baby’s desire, this may upset you. But once you start recognizing your child’s different crying pattern, you will develop predicting your baby’s need. You must look for some signs and symptoms to find out why your tiny tot are crying while eating or breastfeeding.