We all are new to motherhood even when we have more than one child. Every kid is different and you might be different with every child as well. Every stage is different and feeding is one of mom’s biggest concerns.
Learn how often and how much to feed your baby every month, based on advice from the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Breast-fed newborns tend to eat 8 to 12 hours a day, and typically drink approximately 90 percent of the breast milk in the first 10 minutes of feeding.
In addition, formula-fed babies tend to feed every three to four hours, and typically consume around 2-3 ounces of formula per day .
In the first few weeks, if Baby doesn’t wake up to eat in the middle of the night, your pediatrician can prescribe that you wake him up for feeding.
1 – 3 Months
Around 1 and 3 months, your baby’s appetite will improve and she’ll be more adamant about showing you when she’s hungry — especially because she’s likely to be on a daily feeding schedule by this stage. A 3-month-old infant will eat about 4-6 ounces of milk about six to eight times a day.
4 – 6 months
Most babies are able to start solids for 5-6 months. Few signs he’s ready to use: learning the gripping techniques, improving head and neck strength, and losing the tongue-thrust reflex that immediately moves food out of his mouth.
Try to feed your kid about 1-2 teaspoons of food twice a day. Functional food does not take the place of milk as the primary source of nutrients. In reality, babies can only drink about 4-8 ounces every four or five hours.
6 – 8 Months
At 6 months of age, the infant should eat about 4-8 ounces of formula or breast milk for each meal. In addition to rice and other baby foods.
Most babies get 32 to 36 ounces of milk in a 24-hour cycle. If he appears to have an insatiable appetite or does not appear to eat enough, call the pediatrician.
8 – 12 Months
Around 8 and 12 months, Baby begins consuming more solid food. Seek to change up your diet to include a wide range of nutritious foods along with breast milk and formula.
Know also that breast milk and formula are both the main sources of nutrients. Your kid will drink 4-6 ounces of milk per snack or dinner. He will drink another 6-8 ounces before bed.
Some Hints That It Is Time To Wean Your Baby
- “Don’t give, don’t deny.” This means: don’t encourage breastfeeding sessions. But if your kid needs to eat, don’t hesitate to feed him or her.
- Keep your baby busy during the feeding season.
- For bottle-fed children who wean off their bottle and cow’s food, food substitutes or water will start by the time the child reaches one year old.
How Do I Know When My Baby Is Full?
You’ll know that your kid is full whether he or she turns away from the food or spits it back out.
How Do I Know My Kid’s Healthy Enough?
If your baby is wetting a lot of diapers with diluted urine, then your baby is likely to have plenty to eat. Daily check-ups will help decide whether the child is having enough as the weight will be tested at each appointment.
If your baby doesn’t get the right weight, you’re going to need to raise the amount of milk given to the infant. That can be accomplished by increasing the volume or pace of formula feeding or by increasing the level and length of breast-feeding for breast-fed babies. The longer you bottle, the more milk you’re going to make. Breast-fed babies frequently eat every 2 to 2 1⁄2 hours in the first weeks. When you offer a breastfed baby formula, you can potentially reduce the milk supply. If you have some questions, please call your doctor so that your kid will not run the risk of being dehydrated.
While your child grows up, you might have some questions about what to serve at those stages in life. Each child grows differently, so contact your child’s doctor before beginning your infant on solid foods.
What Kind Of Nutrients Needs Your Baby?
Does it sound difficult to make sure your child gets the healthiest food possible?
- Iron: healthy sources of this essential mineral include: soft meatballs, small pieces of fried chicken, flakes of baked or poached fish (check for bones), soft scrambled eggs, ripe avocado and steamed broccoli and spinach.
- Calcium: Important for healthy bones, this mineral is found in whole milk yogurt and cheese.
- Omega-3 Fatty Acids / DHA: Eating salmon as well as DHA-riched milk, cereal and eggs allows your baby to get the nutrients that help your eyes and brains grow.
- Vitamins A, B, C and E: these four vitamins improve the child’s health and growth from top to bottom. Carrots and sweet potatoes are filled with vitamin A; green vegetables, bananas and beans are rich in B6; onions, strawberries and cantaloupe serve C; and cereal and grains are filled with E.
Never Put cereal in a bottle
You may have received a recommendation to feed your baby with a bottle of formula or breast milk combined with infant cereal. This is an unwise and dangerous choice for stable children. Even the case of babies without health issues, the risks greatly outweigh the possible benefits. It’s better that your kid learns to be strong by taking a spoon and not drinking it out of a bottle.
There’s No Silly Questions
A consultation with your pediatrician can help you determine the best starting point for your child. Your child’s personal health history is the secret to deciding which foods to start and when to start. No matter what the first food you want, eat with your infant. They see you eating this way, and they know how to feed. But they also learn and benefit from the social signals and interactions that occur during shared meals.