With the infant around, a mother’s senses are always on the run. Even when your baby is happily latched onto you, you may still worry if its tummy is full or if you are providing the feed sufficiently. Here is everything you need to know about feeding your baby.
How To Know Your Baby Is Full
Don’t bother thinking about it—let your baby guide you. You will pick up the signs that it is drinking sufficiently through the gulping and swallowing sounds—though many babies are silent feeders also. Sucking on its finger after you take it off your breast may mean it is still hungry—if it is content, it won’t be interested in latching anymore. Also, your breasts may feel pain-free, softer and lighter after your baby has fed.
There is neither a routine to follow nor a maximum number of feeds a day when it comes to nursing. Within the first week, your baby may breastfeed 8-10 times a day—it can even be as frequent as a feed an hour during the first few days.
A Wet Nappy Says A Lot
Your baby will wet
Your baby’s poop is seedy and mustard-yellow and you will have to change that dirty nappy 5 times a day until 6 weeks. Post that, it won’t need so much changing and cleaning as this rate will drop to once a day or even lesser—this is natural so relax if your baby isn’t defecating enough.
Balancing Formula Milk With Solid Food
Even when you plan to introduce your baby to solid food, milk remains the primary source of nutrition—that will be around 6-7 months. Stick to the milk feeding routine and let your baby start with semi-solid foods. Gradually shift to soft solid foods and build-up this habit to eating three meals a day. If your baby has developed a liking towards other food items, it will slowly reduce the milk intake. You can then choose to feed your babymilk towards the end or after
Sometimes, even if your baby is interested in savoring solid foods, it may still be in a habit to latch to the bottle. In that case, you can cut down on the breastfeed and keep it for early morning gulps or a night treat.
When To Moo-ve To Cow’s Milk
It is recommended that babies stick to the mother’s milk and be introduced to cow’s milk only when they are over 1 year old—many infants develop allergies with the cow’s milk formula, so it is best to hold off until your baby is a year old. Around this time, try feeding it various solid foods—this is also the right time for a transition from breast milk to formula milk and later to whole milk. Start with 300-600 ml of full-fat cow’s milk a day. Avoid skimmed milk but you can still introduce semi-skimmed milk at the age of 2, along with
If your baby doesn’t develop a liking to cow’s milk, try other dairy products like cheese, yogurt, or curd. In case it is lactose intolerant and is supposed to consume soy or hypoallergenic formula, consult your doctor before introducing milk products in its diet.