Nutrition in Infants
Every parent wants to raise their baby healthy. It gives great importance to sleep, cleanliness and of course nutrition. First of all, it's important to remember that all babies are different. Some babies like to snack more often. Some babies may take longer to breastfeed. Of course, as babies get older, breastfeeding intervals will get longer.
Most newborns are fed every 2-3 hours. When viewed daily, it is seen that babies are fed 8-12 times in 24 hours. Babies can only get half an ounce per feed on the first day of their life. In the days after that, they drink about 1-2 ounces at each diet. This amount increases to 2-3 ounces when they are 2 weeks old. An approximately 2-month-old baby gets 4-5 ounces, usually per one feeding. At 4 months babies usually get 4-6 ounces per feed. At 6 months he can take 8 ounces every 4 to 5 hours. Most babies increase the amount of food they drink by an average of 1 ounce each month. Balances around 7-8 ounces per feed. Solid foods should be started around 6 months of age.
Concerns about Overfeeding or Undernutrition
Overall, babies are pretty good at eating the right amount. However, sometimes they can get more than they need. In particular, bottle-fed babies may be more likely to overfeed. Because drinking from a bottle requires less effort than breastfeeding. [video]
Some parents worry that their baby isn't getting enough. It should be remembered that babies who are overfed may have stomach pain, gas or vomiting. People who overfeed during infancy may have a higher risk of obesity later in life. At the first stage, it is better to offer less to the baby. If your baby wants to, you can give more. This method also gives babies time to understand when they're full.
Some babies want to eat all the time. If your baby still wants to eat even when full, you should contact your doctor.
Most babies do double their birth weight by the time they're 5 months old. On their first birthday, they triple their birth weight. If your baby is having difficulty gaining weight, don't wait too long between feedings. Even if your baby is sleeping, you can wake it up and feed it. Be sure to talk to your pediatrician about how often and how much to feed your baby.
Tips for understanding that babies are getting adequate nutrition?
One of the most frequently asked questions by parents: "Is my baby eating enough?" You can look at your baby's diaper to understand this. Because a diaper is one of the best indicators of a baby's nutritional level. In the first few days after birth, a baby soaks his diaper 2-3 times a day. After the baby is 4-5 days old, it is expected to wet the diaper 5-6 times on average. Stool frequency is more variable. It varies depending on whether the baby is fed with breast or formula.
During regular checkups, pediatricians check the baby's weight. They evaluate these values according to the growth chart. The progress of babies on their growth chart is one of the ways to know that they are getting adequate nutrition. It can be said that babies in the healthy growth ranges in the chart receive a healthy amount of food during feeding.
If you have any concerns or questions about your baby's feeding, be sure to talk to your pediatrician.
Let your babies grow up healthy.