why does my baby cry when feeding with bottle

Our baby did this to the point where we were throwing away way too much formula (he would fuss over the bottle for about an hour expiring the formula). It broke my heart to see him want something so much but then scream when he had it. After calling in and visiting with the pediatrician, it turned out he had thrush. The thrush infected his mouth and down his throat - so while he was hungry, it was painful for his to eat. Then it got to a point where he was craving the food to soothe his pain, but then realized the eating only caused more pain. He's been on medicine for almost 2 weeks now and it had started getting much better.


He's still fussing, but he's eating. My pediatrician told me I could tell it was the thrush and not related to reflux because it was reflux, he'd be throwing up and not gaining weight appropriately (not gaining enough). Also, he may have some issues with poopy diapers. Our baby is 5 weeks old and weighs close to 13lbs (he isn't a chunker though lol because he's 25in long and so he evens out). He's spitting up as any infant would, and his diapers are regular - once a day (we FF). With thrush, we noticed white in his mouth. With him, it also spread to his diaper area so he's also on an ointment to take care of the rash.
From how to hold the bottle to how much to feed, new parents have many questions about feeding.


Here are some answers from board-certified pediatrician Renee A. , MD, a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics in practice in metro Atlanta. What's the best way to choose a formula? Your pediatrician may suggest a formula, or it may be given to you at the hospital. Unless you've talked to your pediatrician about any milk-based or soy-based that you or an older sibling might have, it will be a milk-based formula. How do you know if you should change formulas? If your baby has a or you see or mucus in your baby's diaper, tell your pediatrician.


Those could be signs of a milk-protein. If your baby is fussy when you're feeding him, spits up a lot, or has symptoms of reflux (arching his back, fussiness after eating, with most feedings), those may also be signs you need to change your formula. How should you switch formulas? If the symptoms are serious, like or mucous in your baby's stool, you would switch cold turkey. If it's a or your baby's spitting up or cranky, you can do it gradually. Your child's doctor will help you figure out a plan. Is my baby more likely to be with formula?


We don't know the reason for, but we know it happens in a baby's first 3 months. It can happen in both - and bottle-fed babies. How much should I feed my baby at each? Formula-fed babies usually drink about 2-3 ounces (60-90 ml) every 3-4 hours for their first 2 months. By 4-6 months they drink about 6 ounces and are up to a maximum of 8 ounces by the time they're 6-8 months old. All babies drink different amounts, so check with your pediatrician during well visits to make sure your baby is gaining the right amount of. One tip: Wake your to eat in the first month if she sleeps more than 4 hours.

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