Common infant feeding issues
Over half of babies will experience a feeding issue in the first six months of life
In the first few weeks and months of your baby’s life it is not unusual to come across a few feeding issues or tummy troubles along the way. Most feeding issues occur in the first six months of your baby’s life and are usually resolved by 12 months. This makes sense when you think that your baby’s digestive system is still maturing and getting used to digesting milk.
Newborn feeding issues can include reflux, colic and constipation but can also include issues such as allergies and intolerances.
SMA® Anti-Reflux – food for special medical purposes. For the dietary management of frequent reflux and regurgitation. Suitable from birth to 12 months. This formula should be used under medical supervision - please seek advice from your GP. Thickened formula may require a fast flow teat. Do not use with other feed thickeners or antacids.
What is reflux? Reflux affects over 40% of babies in the first year of life. Reflux often occurs because a baby’s digestive system is immature. SMA® Anti-Reflux is a nutritionally complete formula for the dietary management of babies with significant reflux (regurgitation/spitting up). It can be used as the sole source of nutrition from birth in place of your usual formula feed and can be mixed with foods once weaning has begun. You may notice a change in baby’s stool when changing to SMA® Anti-Reflux. This is due to the different ingredients and is normal.
Not all formulas mix the same. SMA® Anti-Reflux is a thickened formula – please follow the preparation instructions on the back of the pack carefully. SMA® Anti-Reflux can be fed immediately after preparation. Please test the temperature by shaking a few drops onto the inside of your wrist - milk should be lukewarm.
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SMA® Comfort – food for special medical purposes. Specifically designed for the dietary management of colic and constipation. Suitable from birth to 12 months. This formula should be used under medical supervision.
What is colic? All babies cry, but some cry more than others. When there is no obvious cause for excessive crying it could be a sign of colic. 1 in 5 babies experience colic. Symptoms usually start in the first few weeks of life and start to improve by 3-4 months.
What is constipation? All babies will have a different pattern to their bowel movements. Constipation means when it is more difficult for your baby to have a poo, and symptoms include pooing less than three times in a week. Constipation in babies is usually easily managed. If you think your baby has constipation, speak to your GP, health visitor or pharmacist for advice.
SMA® Comfort is a nutritionally complete formula specifically designed for the dietary management of colic and constipation. SMA® Comfort isa thickened formula and may require a fast flow teat. Do not use with other food thickeners or antacids. If you think your baby has colic orconstipation and your doctor has advised you to use this formula, you can get advice and support from our SMA® Careline*. Not all formulasmix the same. SMA® Comfort is a thickened formula – please follow the preparation instructions on the back of the pack carefully.
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SMA® LF Lactose Free Infant Milk
SMA® LF Lactose Free Infant Milk – Specifically designed for babies with lactose intolerance. Suitable from birth to 18 months. Not suitable for infants with galactosaemia.
SMA® LF is a lactose-free infant milk for babies who are lactose intolerant, or who are experiencing symptoms such as diarrhoea, tummy ache or wind caused by temporary lactose intolerance. SMA® Lactose Free Infant Milk is nutritionally complete** and suitable as the sole source of nutrition for infants from birth. For older babies, it can be used as part of a mixed diet. It is suitable for up to 18 months of age and may be used for older children and adults with lactose intolerance as part of a lactose free diet. This product may be available/ordered through your local pharmacy.
SMA® Soya – Specifically designed for babies with cows’ milk intolerance. Suitable from birth to 12 months.
SMA® Soya is a nutritionally complete** soya infant formula for babies and young children with a cows’ milk intolerance, when they are not being breastfed. SMA® Soya can be used as the sole source of nutrition for formula-fed babies in the early months and can be mixed with foods once weaning has begun and your baby gets older. It is suitable for milk protein intolerance, lactose and sucrose intolerance, galactosaemia and galactokinase deficiency. Enriched with Omega 3 (DHA)†. Consult a healthcare professional before use and for dietary advice. The only soya infant formula in the UK and Ireland.††
We believe that breastfeeding is the ideal nutritional start for babies and we fully support the World Health Organization’s recommendation of exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life followed by the introduction of adequate nutritious complementary foods along with continued breastfeeding up to two years of age. We also recognise that breastfeeding is not always an option for parents. We recommend that you speak to your healthcare professional about how to feed your baby and seek advice on when to introduce complementary feeding. If you choose not to breastfeed, please remember that such a decision can be difficult to reverse and has social and financial implications. Introducing partial bottle-feeding will reduce the supply of breast milk. Infant formula should always be prepared, used and stored as instructed on the label in order to avoid risks to a baby’s health.
SMA® LF is a lactose-free milk-based formula for babies and young children who are intolerant to lactose or sucrose, or who are experiencing symptoms such as diarrhoea, tummy ache or wind caused by temporary lactose intolerance. It is suitable as the sole source of nutrition up to six months of age, and in conjunction with solid food up to 18 months of age.
SMA® Soya milk-free formula is intended to meet the nutritional needs of babies and children who are intolerant to cows’ milk protein, lactose or sucrose. Soya infant formulae are not recommended for preterm babies, those with kidney problems, or those with suspected or confirmed soya allergy, where medical guidance should always be sought.
The following products must be used under medical supervision:
SMA® Anti-Reflux is a special formula intended for the dietary management of bottle-fed babies when significant reflux (regurgitation) is a problem. It is suitable as the sole source of nutrition up to six months of age, and in conjunction with solid food up to 12 months of age. If the baby’s reflux does not improve within two weeks of starting SMA® Anti-Reflux, or if the baby fails to thrive, the family doctor should be consulted.
SMA® Comfort is a special formula intended for the dietary management of bottle-fed babies with colic and constipation. It is suitable as the sole source of nutrition up to six months of age, and in conjunction with solid food up to 12 months of age.
*To access SMA Careline® please visit: https://babyclub.smababy.co.uk/sma-careline/. Or call free of charge between 8am to 6pm, Monday to Friday: 0800 0 81 81 80 (UK) / 1800 931 832 (Ireland).
**Nutritionally complete as required by the legislation for all infant formula
†Contains DHA (as required by the legislation for all infant formula)
††Correct as of September 2022