It can be unnerving and scary when your baby rejects their primary food source. But don’t panic. Remain calm so you can get a grip on the situation and use this as a teaching moment to understand your baby’s needs and preferences.
There are many reasons your baby may reject their formula. It is very important that you quickly find the reason and resolve the situation as quickly as possible, especially if your baby is under six months old. Milk is the sole source of nutrition.
It’s essential to remain calm and not become frustrated with your baby during this time. There are several important reasons your baby could be rejecting the formula, or they hate it, and there are ways you can fix it.
Becoming frustrated with your baby will only make the situation much harder to resolve. Unfortunately, babies can be stubborn and go for a time without eating, which is detrimental to their health and wellbeing. So you need to remain clear-headed and in control of the situation at all times. Don’t get frustrated or give up on your baby, understand what they need, and help them get it if it is healthy for them.
Your baby is human too, rejecting or hating their formula is a sign of preference, so it’s up to you to find the reasons they don’t like it and offer them alternatives that they may find more suitable.
Maybe it’s the taste
Babies are born with sensitivity to smell and taste; they have more taste buds than adults, which makes them particularly sensitive to sweets and bitters. But they only show a response at five months.
If your baby is rejecting formula and spitting it out every time you give it to them, it could be a simple matter of your baby not liking the taste of the formula. You may want to try different brands until you find the one your baby enjoys.
It’s not very kind to force your baby into liking something they do not prefer. If continued, this could be detrimental to their self-esteem and decisions later on in life, where they will be prone to second-guessing themselves – being indecisive and making poor choices. You are your baby’s first teacher, and what you do to them teaches them how to become.
Therefore, work with your baby and understand their needs and preferences, chances are they are not that different from your own; they do carry half of your DNA.
Taste the formula too; chances are if you or your partner likes it, so will your baby. Genetics is great.
Your baby prefers breast milk
If your baby has been breastfeeding up to this point, they might prefer the taste of breast milk over formula. Breast milk is infused with the taste of the food you were eating, which means the formula might be too bland for your baby at this point.
While the formula is a great innovation in feeding babies and has saved countless babies, it is still the equivalent of buying a frozen chicken pot pie from the store versus breast milk, which is like making your chicken pot pie from scratch. While they will both taste great, you will most likely prefer the one made from scratch. It’s the same with babies.
They have preferences for everything, such as sounds, music, movements, and food.
If you still have breast milk, it would be ideal for pumping and storing breast milk for your baby to feed with the bottle.
If you are having issues making milk, there are some ways you can stimulate the production of milk, which include adding fenugreek to your diet, and pumping often will increase breast milk production in your body.
Changing the nipple on the baby bottle
Your baby could be frustrated because the nipple on their bottle isn’t comfortable for them. It could be too short, too long, or simply not feel too good.
Change the nipple on their bottle and even their bottle to one that they find suitable; this will help your baby feed better by removing the frustration associated with trying to work out how to use the nipple that won’t work best for them.
Your baby is unable to tolerate the formula
Your baby’s digestive system might be sensitive to formula. Most babies are initially sensitive to formula but adjust with time or when the formula is switched to one that works better with their body.
This requires that you try different formulas, so it’s best to buy one tin of different formulas until you find that one your baby responds to best.
They are not well
Big changes often lead to body changes and introducing formula to your baby’s diet is a big change for them.
If you are switching your baby to formula and leaving them home without you, they may need to adjust to this new arrangement psychologically. This may cause them to become unwell because they are anxious about being without you. If important that you have a routine to reassure your baby that they can expect you home at the same time every day to assure them and soothe any anxiety easing their transition of life without you at home.
Or it could be that your baby is simply unwell. This would be a good time to observe them, take their body temperature, and record any changes in their general mood. Not many people like eating when they feel sick, and it’s the same for your baby.
If your baby is unwell, contact your pediatrician as soon as possible to get your baby treated.
It is important to ensure your baby is receiving adequate nutrition at all times. You might be tempted to become frustrated and even upset that your baby is rejecting formula, but don’t focus on finding the appropriate solution for your baby.
If you have given them different brands and they are still fussy, contact your pediatrician immediately. They can best help you narrow down how to help your baby and ensure they are always well fed.