Supporting parents of babies with feeding issues

Common feeding feeding issues, including coloc, reflux and regurgitation, and some of the ways they can be managed

10 minute module


Supporting parents of babies with feeding issues

Feeding issues affect over 50% of babies in the first 6 months of life.1 They can occur in both breast and bottle-fed babies as their digestive systems develop. Worried parents and carers can look to pharmacy teams for advice on what to do.

  • Understand the signs of common infant feeding issues including colic, reflux, milk allergy or intolerance
  • Be able to give advice to parents/carers of babies affected by feeding issues
  • Know when to refer parents/carers and their babies to their GP for further advice

The Department of Health recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months. If breastfeeding is not possible, a range of specialist milks are available to help alleviate the distress caused to babies who experience these feeding issues. Specialist milks should be used under medical supervision. Parents/carers should talk to a midwife, health visitor or GP if they have any concerns.

Content developed by CIG Healthcare Partnership working together with SMA® Nutrition.
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Job number: ZTT951     Date of preparation: June 2021