We are well aware of the importance of the mother’s milk in the baby’s life. Mother milk contains antibodies and essential vitamins, fats and proteins which helps the baby to fight against the bacterial attacks and in the overall growth of the baby. Experts recommend breastfeeding for 6 months with no water, juice or formula milk. After 6 months moms can give grains, fruits, proteins and veggies to the baby along with the breastmilk.
Breastmilk serves as a boon for the infants it helps in the growth of the body and also saves a baby from severe diseases like asthma, allergies, diabetes, obesity, and even from certain types of cancers. So whether you are a new mom or second or third time you are going to give birth to a new life it is still important for you to understand - how your baby’s breastfeeding schedule should be and how often you should feed your baby. The questions like this pop in your mind every time. So to help you out here we have listed a few common queries and questions related to breastfeeding along with the answers -
What should be The First Month: Feeding and Nutrition?
In the initial days or first month, your baby needs your breastmilk for 8-12 times in a day. Breast milk digest easily that’s the reason you need to feed your baby with your breastmilk frequently. After one or two months you can make that count to 7 to 9 times a day. But make sure it is essential to feed your baby after 90 to 180 minutes (i.e 1.5 hrs to 3 hrs) and never let your baby hungry more than 4 hours. Even on nights, you should feed your little ones after 2 to 3 hours.
How would you know your baby is hungry?
Baby shows some signs which moms need to understand. The most preconceived notion is - feed your baby when he/she cries. That is completely wrong. It is not always the case. It might possible your baby is feeling bad, dull, hot or cold and that’s the reason he/she is crying. So never relate your baby cry with hunger.
Here are some signs which indicate your baby is hungry -
- When baby opens the mouth.
- When the baby moves the heads sidewise.
- Looks or nuzzle against mom’s breast.
- When they bring their hands and fist near the mouth.
- Sticking out their tongues.
These are some signs which show your baby is hungry. And this time you should feed your baby.
How do you know your baby is full now?
It is a sheer natural process. Baby starts taking milk slowly, they turn away their faces from breast and baby is no more interested in sucking milk.
BreastFeeding is the process which moreover depends upon you and your baby. The equation between you and your baby is unique understand that and try to keep your baby satisfied every time by proper feeding.
Disclaimer: The opinions expressed/shared in the blog above are personal opinions of the writer. Berrytree recommends you consult with your doctor/pediatrician/family before instinctively following any suggested steps