Is Your New Born Eating Enough?

No matter how much you get prepared for the new baby’s arrival, you will always have questions when the little bundle of joy arrives. The most common concern new moms have is that whether their new baby is eating enough or not?

Every baby is unique but there are some general guidelines which should be followed new mom when it is time for feeding:

How Much Do Babies Normally Eat?

Newborn babies: During the first-month babies must be fed 8-12 times daily. That means once after every 2-3 hours. If you are breastfeeding then you can feed them every 1.5 hours and around 15 times a day. If the baby is not waking up on their own then you must wake them up for the feed to keep up with the feeding routine.

Your baby will spend around 10-20 minutes breastfeeding, sometimes it might take longer but you must ensure that the baby is latched on suckling at all times. If you are on formula feed then your baby must be having 1.3 to 3 ounces upon every feed.

After a month, the baby food intake can increase to 4 ounces upon every feed. If the breastfeeding baby gets used to breastfeeding then you can give them more milk. Whether the baby is on breastfeed or bottle-feed the baby will keep growing and so will their hunger. 

At 2 months of baby, age increase the milk intake to 4-5 ounces and feed them after every 3-4 hours.

After 4 months the feed foes up to 6 ounces every time. The pediatrician will now suggest you begin sold foods or will ask you to wait if the baby is exclusively breastfeeding. The more you breastfeed your child the better!

After 6 months, babies can take up to 8 ounces of breast milk or formula milk upon every feed.

Always keep in mind that baby's milk intake will vary every day, some days they might drink normally depending upon their growth spurt.
You will notice these signs to see when your baby is full:

  • Pull away from breast or bottle
  • Fall asleep during the feed
  • They keep the mouth closed or shake their heads

These signs will help you keep the baby from overfeeding. Also do not forget to go to the pediatrician for regular checkups to keep the track of baby’s health such as weight and height.

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