Is my newborn baby underfed?
Newborn babies can have challenges. They may be weak and under stress from a difficult delivery. They may be in pain or sleepy because of painkillers received through the placenta. Some babies have trouble breastfeeding or are premature or ill. All of these conditions can result in underfeeding. Some newborns become very irritable when they are underfed, but others become sleepy. They don’t have the energy to create a fuss, so they sleep and are thought of as “good sleepers.” The sleepier they are, the less milk they get, and the sleepier they become. If babies remain underfed, they can develop jaundice and starvation. The risk of underfeeding rises if the first feed is delayed, if the mother has a low milk supply or nipple pain, or if the baby does not breastfeed often or well enough.