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Breastfed Baby Feeding Schedule: How to Feed My Baby?

Breastfed Baby Feeding Schedule: How to Feed My Baby?

Baby Feeding Schedule


What Is a Baby Feeding Schedule? 

It is known that children feel hungry more often than adults, because of their small stomachs; Therefore, they only eat small amounts of food. But as children age, their appetite increases day by day in order to get the appropriate food and in quantities appropriate to their growth rate and the efficiency of the work of their body systems, but children differ from each other in their need for food, and they are similar in expressive ways in which the mother can know that her child is hungry.

The mother can know when the child is hungry by noticing a set of signs, and in the following we mention some of them:

  • The baby is leaning toward the breast or bottle of milk.
  • He sucks his hands or fingers.
  • He opens his mouth, sticks out his tongue or sucks his lips.
  • Cry; Crying may be a sign of hunger, but if the mother waits until the child is very upset to feed him; It may be difficult to calm him down.

How Often Should I Feed My Baby? 

Baby's need for natural milk according to age Soon after their birth, children need to breastfeed several times, because the production of milk in the mother’s breast is not stable at first, and therefore mothers must breastfeed their newborn children every hour and a half to three hours, or according to the child’s request and his feeling of hunger, and when the children grow up, they begin The number of their breast-feds decreases, in general, it can be said that the number of feeds that children who are breast-fed will need can be summarized as follows:

  • One-day-old infants: Babies at this age have a very small stomach the size of a small cherry, which can accommodate a teaspoon of colostrum milk. Because of the small size of a newborn’s stomach, babies must be breastfed continuously during the first 24 hours.
  • 3-day-old infants: At this age, children's stomachs become four times larger, and their stomachs can hold up to approximately 30 milliliters of milk.
  • Babies at the age of 7 days: At this stage, the size of the child's stomach is the size of an apricot fruit, meaning that it accommodates in one feeding 45-60 milliliters of milk.
  • Infants at the age of 30 days: At this age, the stomach of a child becomes the size of a large egg, and it can hold 75-150 milliliters of milk.

 

How Much Milk Should I Feed My Baby

The following table shows the daily amounts of breast milk that children need according to their weight:

Baby weight (kg)

Amount of breast milk required (ml)

2

313

2.5

391

3

469

3.5

548

4

626

4.5

704

5

782

5.5

861

6

939

6.5

1000

 

When To Start On Solid Foods

There are some signs that indicate the development of the child's skills and readiness to eat solid food without any problems, and among these signs we mention the following:

  • The disappearance of the involuntary tongue that pushes the spoon out of the mouth.
  • Show the child interest when someone is eating in front of him by giving a reaction; As sounds it makes, or by trying to grab an object such as a spoon or a slice of bread.
  • Sitting and controlling head movement. Move the lower lip and open it to show the desire to eat from the spoon.




 

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