Stop Baby From Clicking While Bottle Feeding
It can be difficult for new parents to understand why a baby is clicking while bottle feeding. The clicking noise is very common in babies and can be quite annoying. Fortunately, there are steps that parents can take to reduce or eliminate the clicking.
1. Try a Different Bottle Nipple
The shape, size, and material of bottle nipples can have a significant impact on how the infant feeds. If the nipple is too large or too small the baby may be unable to get the milk they need while also making clicking noises. The material of the nipple can also be an issue; if the material is too hard for the baby then they may be forced to make clicking noises.
Try to find a nipple that is made of a soft, pliable material and that is the proper size for the baby.
2. Change the Bottle Position
Sometimes, the baby may be trying to position the bottle in a way that allows them to get more milk while also making the clicking noises. Try changing the angle of the bottle. If the nipple is too angled downwards the baby may be clicking due to the force of the milk in the bottle.
Put the bottle in an upright or slightly tilted position and see if that helps reduce the clicking.
3. Adjust the Flow
If the baby has difficulty controlling the flow of milk from the bottle, they may be forced to make clicking noises while feeding. Try adjusting the flow of the nipple, which should help the baby control the intake of milk more easily.
Look for a soft-shaped nipple with adjustable flow and experiment with the different flow settings until you find one which suits you and your baby best.
4. Take Frequent Breaks
The baby may be clicking because they are getting tired or overwhelmed while feeding. Taking regular breaks during feeding can help reduce the clicking.
Start with breaks every 5 minutes and adjust the timing if necessary.
5. Watch for Signs of Reflux
If the clicking continues despite trying the above steps, the baby may be affected by gastroesophageal reflux. Reflux can be a sign of a more serious medical condition, so it is best to speak with a doctor if this is suspected.
Watch for signs of reflux, such as spitting up after every feed, fussiness during feeding, and excessive arching of the head and neck.
Taking the necessary steps can help reduce or eliminate clicking while bottle feeding. Experiment with different styles of bottles and nipples and take regular breaks to ensure that baby is comfortable while feeding. Also, watch for signs of reflux and consult a doctor if needed.