Baby Won’t Eat: How to Keep the Stress at Bay

We all know that in order for our babies to grow and thrive, they need to be taking in nutrition and getting enough sleep. So it can be extremely frustrating when you are doing everything you can to ensure those needs are met, and your little one simply isn’t doing his or her part.

Here’s what you need to know to keep your cool when baby won’t eat.

It’s Normal

Even babies who have always been good eaters will go through periods of time where they are pickier or don’t seem to have as much of an appetite. This can be a completely normal shift, and one that won’t necessarily endure. And if it has endured? If your baby has just always had a reduced appetite? Well, as long as he or she is still growing, even that is probably normal. Though, your pediatrician should make the final call there.

There Are a Lot of Reasons Your Baby May Not Be Eating

And sometimes, it’s just a matter of figuring out what’s going on. Perhaps your little one is feeling sick or has a slowing metabolism after a big growth spurt. He or she may not be ready for solid foods yet, and might have an upset stomach because of that introduction. There are a lot of reasonable explanations for why your baby is refusing food, and many of those explanations will eventually resolve themselves.

Babies Eat When They Are Hungry

If your little one was really hungry, he or she would be eating instead of swatting the breast, bottle, or spoon away. Trust that your baby knows his or her hunger cues, and that if they are pushing food away, they simply aren’t hungry.

Know That You Can (and Should) Always Consult Your Pediatrician

While there are plenty of reasonable explanations for why your baby may not be interested in eating, there are also some that warrant concern, including food allergies and stomach issues. Be sure you are keeping your pediatrician in the loop on your concerns, and don’t be afraid to make a call if you feel your baby is becoming lethargic or truly isn’t getting the nutrients he or she needs.

Go Easy on Yourself

It can be normal to want to control every aspect of your baby’s day, but you can’t force your little one to eat. Remember that you are doing everything you can (including consulting with a pediatrician) and trust that your baby will get what he or she needs to continue thriving. If a medical issue is to blame, there are likely treatment solutions to help. And if your baby is simply going through a picky stage, that too shall pass. You just need to remain calm and continue offering food on a regular schedule.

Written by Leah Campbell, infertility advocate, adoptive mama, writer and editor. Find me @sifinalaska on Twitter.

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