Hungry, But Not Happy? Decoding Tiny Cues of Feeding Frustration in Newborns

Chiropractic Care  |  Pre-Post Natal & Child

Feeding your newborn should be a beautiful bonding experience, but sometimes challenges can arise. Recognizing subtle signs of poor feeding can help you address the issue early and ensure your baby is getting the nourishment they need. Here are some key things to watch for:

Red flags for poor feeding:

  • Reluctance to feed: Does your baby consistently turn away from the breast or bottle, fuss, or cry before or during feedings?
  • Weak latch: Does your baby struggle to latch onto the breast or bottle effectively, leading to frequent popping off or shallow sucks?
  • Slow weight gain: Are concerns expressed by your pediatrician about your baby’s weight gain lagging behind expected growth charts?
  • Excessive spitting up: While some spitting up is normal, frequent projectile vomiting or large amounts after feedings might indicate a problem.
  • Feeding frustration: Does your baby become easily frustrated or agitated during feedings, arching their back or pushing away?
  • Lethargy or sleepiness: Does your baby seem overly tired or sleep excessively, showing little interest in feedings when awake?

Remember: Even one or two of these signs may not necessarily indicate a problem, but if you notice a combination of them or have any concerns, trust your instincts and consult your pediatrician.

How can chiropractic care help?

Gentle chiropractic adjustments can address muscle tension and imbalances that may be contributing to feeding difficulties. By optimizing your baby’s nervous system and musculoskeletal alignment, a pediatric chiropractor with experience with babies, like Dr. Teri, can help improve your baby’s oral motor control and facilitate a deeper, more comfortable latch. A healthy and comfortable baby feeds better, however, it’s important to remember that chiropractic care is just one piece of the puzzle.

For comprehensive support, collaborate with your pediatrician and an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). IBCLCs can assess your baby’s tongue tie, oral anatomy, and overall feeding technique, providing invaluable support with latching improvement and troubleshooting any underlying anatomical challenges.

You can find a list of local IBCLC’s in the Cincinnati area here (!directory/map/rad=030/zip=cincinnati)

Remember, with a team approach involving your pediatrician, IBCLC, and chiropractor, you can create a nurturing environment for your baby to thrive and enjoy the journey of breastfeeding together.

Note: These articles are for informational purposes only and should not be substituted for professional medical advice. Always consult with your pediatrician or a qualified pediatric chiropractor before seeking any form of treatment for your baby.