Baby Feeding Tips
Being a newborn, your child should get enough food that must be nutritious. This can be a bottle or your breast, of course. And it goes without saying that if your baby is hungry, it immediately lets you know that and crying is not the only indicator. Your baby can lean toward your breast or a bottle, suck on his fingers, be fussy or just open his mouth and pucker his lips. So, to satisfy your baby’s needs is the main task of any mother and she must know how to do it properly.
Here some tips to know how often you should feed your baby for its being happy and healthy.
During a few weeks a newborn gives a sign of hunger too often and irregularly. This interval may vary from 1.5 to 6 hours. But after a while he develops his own feeding regime. And most of the babies begin nursing every 2.5 – 4 hours all day and night. Is there a difference between breastfeeding and formula? Sometimes, yes. When a baby has an active growth development (as usual during the first week after birth, after 4-6 weeks, 12 weeks and after 6 months old), the baby’s body needs more food and nutrients. So, your baby may want to nurse every 1.5 to 3 hours and 8-12 times a day if you’re breastfeeding. Then, his needs reduce and he wants to nurse 7-9 times a day and you can easily predict this. As for drinking formula, a baby may want a bottle every 2-3 hours at first. But growing, he is able to go 3 to 4 hours without eating.
If you are not sure whether your baby is getting enough to eat, you can easily check it. Notice his quantity of wet diapers a day, it should be 4-6 of them. Then pay attention to his movements, they may be bowel and regular. Surely, don’t forget about checking his weight. If it is normal, then you are doing everything right. But if you are not sure of anything or have some questions, you can always give your pediatrician call.
The facts about breast milk
Nowadays everyone talks about the benefits of breastfeeding. So, what does it consist of? Sometimes you can hear that breast milk is the first, the second and the third meal. And this is true. First, a baby sucks liquid milk with low calories as if he quenches his thirst. It’s an appetizer. Then, fat, high-calorie milk comes – it’s the main dish. Finally, after about 20 minutes, a baby gets his really nutritious milk. And for dessert, there is the second breast which a baby can suck for just quenching his thirst. As you can see, to feed a baby takes a lot of time. So it is very important for any mom not to hurry and feed her baby properly and surely to get positive emotions from the contact.