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How Much Should a Newborn Eat

  27 Jul 2013

Introduction to the problem

How Much Should a Newborn Eat? How much should a newborn eat is a question, that most mothers have been asking. The answer to this question is that, it depends with a few aspects. Feeding your baby can be stressful as a new mother, because the baby cannot be able to talk or express how he/she is feeling or tell you that she is hungry. It is up to the mother to judge and find how much should a new born eat. How much should my baby eat depends, on a few factors such weight and other important factors of the baby. Here are a few tips that you need to keep in mind, so that you know about how much should a new born eat. These tips will also help in determining how much food your baby requires.

Cues

One of the best ways of finding out how much should my baby eat is by reading the baby physical and emotional cues. When a new born is hungry, the baby is going to show signs of rooting. The baby turns his head towards your chest, when the mouth is open or towards any other part of your body, that is close to your mouth or cheek. Another common sign that shows the baby is hungry is by crying. It is not good to stick to a baby feeding schedule, especially if the baby is less than six months. When your baby is hungry, it is good to breastfeed the baby.

Time and age

A new born baby eats two or three hours throughout the day. You need to ask your doctor about spurts because most babies, experience these for around fourteen weeks. When the baby is at this period the baby is most likely to eat a lot. Illness will interfere with the appetite of the baby, therefore if the child is not feeling well; the child will not show any signs of hunger.

Breastfeeding

The first month your baby should nurse around eight to twelve times daily. There can be confusion, if the mother is feeding the baby with baby formula and giving the baby seven to eight bottles daily. One of the reasons why new born babies eat less is because it is easy to digest breast milk and quick to digest compared to baby formula. Frequent feeding is important for the mother, because it will increase her milk production, which is vital to the baby’s growth. New mothers are usually worried, when their baby does not get enough food. After one month, babies usually change their eating habits and start to feed after two to three hours.

Formula

When it comes to baby formula, it is easier when it comes to how much should a newborn eat. Using the formula, you will be able to know how much should my baby eat and how much you should give the baby. Health experts recommended the amount of formula to be around 2.5 ounces and then multiply with the weight of the baby, in form of pounds. For instance, if the baby is 8 pounds the required amount of formula needed daily is 8x2.5= 20 ounces. But, not all the babies are the same; there are others who will want to eat more than this or less. This is just an estimated amount. During the first weeks, newborn babies eat around one to two ounces every time and then it increases to two to four ounces. The frequency of feeding of the baby is going to decrease as the baby grows and the average amount of ounces per day is going to increase. Newborns eat when they are hungry and they will stop eating when they are full. Formula fed babies are heavy compared to breastfed babies.

Newborn babies should be given two things either breast milk or formula which has been designed for the baby age. It is good to breastfeed your baby for around six months because breast milk is composed of nutrients like antibodies, vitamins or minerals. All these nutrients are transferred from the body of the mother to the child. Formula is just a replacement for breast milk because there are some mothers, who will decide not to breast feed. Formula is composed of everything that the baby requires to develop and to fight diseases. The baby does not require supplement during the first six months. What the baby requires this time is either breast milk or formula. After six months, the baby can now be introduced to solid foods. If you introduce the baby to solid food early, the baby is going to gain weight and experience digestives complications like indigestion. Mothers, who are breast feeding, should ask their personal doctor about Vitamin D supplements because breast milk does not contain enough vitamin D. Mothers should never give their baby, cow milk because it is strong for the baby digestive system.
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