Causes of Poor Feeding in Infants. One of the most common causes of poor feeding is premature birth. Premature babies are typically poor feeders because they often have not yet developed the skills needed to suck and swallow milk. Still, feeding usually increases as the baby grows.
Why is baby not feeding properly?
A cold or stuffy nose can make it difficult for your baby to breathe during breast-feeding. Stress or distraction. Overstimulation, delayed feedings or a long separation from you might cause fussiness and difficulty nursing. A strong reaction from you to being bitten during breast-feeding might have the same effect.
Why is my baby suddenly drinking less milk?
It’s absolutely normal for baby to drink less breast milk if she is eating a significant amount of solid foods. She’s simply beginning to move toward a more “grown up” diet. If you think it’s because she’s just too distracted to breastfeed, though, try moving feedings to a dark, quiet room.
What do I do if my baby doesn’t want to feed?
Hand express your breast milk or pump to maintain your milk supply. Give your baby your expressed breast milk or infant formula in a bottle while continuing to offer the breast. Make sure your newborn is latching on to your breast the right way. Try to use a different breastfeeding position.
When should I worry about my baby not eating enough?
Signs That Your Baby Isn’t Eating Enough
Reasons to call your doctor include: Dark pee or orange crystals in their diaper. They would rather sleep than eat. They won’t latch onto your breast, or they pull away from you.
What does poor feeding mean?
Poor feeding, a lack of interest in feeding or a problem receiving the proper amount of nutrition, is a nonspecific symptom seen in newborn and young infants that can result from many conditions, including infection, metabolic disorders, genetic disorders, structural abnormalities, and neurological disorders.
Why is my 3 month old not feeding well?
Three-month-old babies may start eating less than they did previously. Breastfed babies do get more efficient, so it’s normal for your baby to feed in about half the time it took them to feed as a newborn. If you see all the signs that baby’s getting enough to eat, it’s perfectly normal.