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How To Know If Baby Has An Issue With Breastfeeding

How To Know If Baby Has An Issue With Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding is not a solo task…obviously.

It is the first time you and your baby get to work together at something. It’s also a frequent, intimate, and crucial part of a baby’s growth. That being said, it’s kind of important to make sure that you and your baby are comfortable and productive enough to make sure you are fulfilling your little one’s needs.

here are a few signs that baby may give to hint at issues with breastfeeding.

Mother Soothing Colicky Baby


  • These are large spurts of clear distress from your baby, usually predictable and last for quite some time. While there could be multiple reasons for the colic, these episodes of distress could mean that your baby is not being fed properly.


  • AKA – your baby is not keeping the breast milk down. Some spit up is normal for a healthy baby but when accompanied with other symptoms or in excess you may want to check in for a second opinion. There are ways for a birth professional to work with you to adapt breastfeeding to decrease reflux.

abnormal Weight changes

  • Your baby has changed weight that is not normal for a typically breastfed baby. The key here is a breastfed baby. Every child is unique with different needs and breastfed babies gain weight after birth differently than formula-fed babies. While your provider should be checking this at each of your postnatal visits, you may notice a concern between visits that would benefit from a wellness check.

Poor Latch-on

  • If your baby cannot latch on properly, they may not be receiving all of the breast milk that they need in order to grow. Latching issues vary from tongue ties to positioning to supply concerns and more. 

Overwhelmed Mom Cries With Baby

Breastfeeding is a wonderful bond that only mothers and babies get to experience. However, this can also be overwhelming for a new mom, especially if this is your first child. If you have any concerns, be sure to reach out to a birth healing professional to be able to ask your questions and receive the support you need. Just because you are experiencing an issue or concern does NOT mean that you are doing something wrong or that you are a bad mom. You are concerned because you care and that, my friend, makes you a good mom.

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Justine Calderwood

The Healing Spot Physical Therapy

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