People think that formula feeding is easy, but as most formula feeding moms know, it can be a bit of a struggle, especially if you are feeding a fussy baby. Some babies are happy with whatever formula or milk you put in front of them, and others can be a little pickier. If you’re a mom whose baby can’t stand the sight of their bottle, you may be frustrated and concerned, but there may be more to their scorn than you think. Figuring out why your baby hates formula can actually educate you to some bigger issues.
My sister has twin boys and while one baby thrived on the formula, the other just refused to drink it. He would fuss, cry, and continuously spit up during feedings, so she ended up trying different formulas until one sticked. Whether it was the taste, smell, or composition of the formula that turned him off, he definitely changed his feeding behavior when his formula was switched.
So while some babies can tolerate and enjoy certain formulas, others may be more sensitive. As a parent, all you can do is keep offering different options, and keep an eye out for signs of poor nutrition. If your baby is having any kind of allergic reactions, including rashes, weird stools, or vomiting, or if they aren’t gaining weight properly, you should definitely let your pediatrician know. You can also consult with a nutritionist who can guide you on the healthiest and most suitable formula options for your baby.
In the meantime, here are some ways to decipher why your baby may be shunning their formula and fussing when you feed them.