How much to Breastfeed Newborn during 1st Week?

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How much to Breastfeed Newborn during 1st Week?

How much to Breastfeed Newborn during 1st Week?

Breastfeed Newborn because breast milk is a like a boon for a newly born as it has all the vital nutrients to strengthen its immune system, to supply right amounts of iron, calcium, fat, phosphorous and other minerals to the baby.

Week 1:

A mother should understand the first signs of hunger. If a baby is hungry, it will crying like anything, or will put its thumb or fingers in its mouth, rooting, or stirring. You must offer milk infinitely whenever the baby is demanding especially during the first few weeks of infancy.

Infant Latching during the first few weeks will be suckling milk for 10 minutes each from both the breasts. If the infant slows down, swallows milk and feels drowsy, encourage to suckle from other breast. Make sure that you are offering enough of the last drops of milk too, known as hind milk, as it has high calorific value.

Nurse your baby 8 to 12 times every 24 hours(even at nighttime) and more if baby demands. If there has been a long gap of about 2 hours (daytime) or 4 hours (night time) in breastfeeding last time, it’s time to wake up your baby and feed them. Tickle their feet or wake them up forcefully. Frequent breastfeeding will accelerate milk supply to the infant.

After birth, within 4 or 5 days, breast milk will automatically switch to mature milk from colostrum milk. You should not worry if your baby demands milk and then falls asleep as his cycle will continue until 12 to 18 months depending upon baby to baby. So, breastfeed newborn without any hitch.

The stool frequency in the baby increases day by day and some newborns pass stool after every breastfeed. Wetting diapers also happens the same way, and as you Breastfeed Newborn, it will go on wetting on an average 6 diapers every day. Post lactation, your both breasts should feel less engorged.

Breastfeeding should be continued exclusively for about 6 months of baby’s age. In few cases if the baby doesn’t feels satisfied, formula milk and solid feed can be introduced after the age of 4 months.

Week 2 – Week 6:

Continue the same pattern till 2 months. After that you will need not to wake up your baby forcefully. Nursing and wetting diapers will nearly be the same in few consecutive weeks because after about 4 to 6 months of age, baby can be introduced to solid foods and formula milk. Growth spurts and nursing pattern will vary baby to baby and week by week as the time progresses.

Baby can be introduced formula feeds at the age of 4 months but the quantity and frequency should be less and be increased slowly.

Having Breastfeed Newborn or nursing a premature baby is difficult so milk should be pumped and bottle-fed.

TIP: During pregnancy and postpartum, it is necessary to follow a balanced diet chart so that you may produce richer milk for your baby and Breastfeed Newborn.
Do you have questions regarding your infant’s growth and health? Ask anonymously to verified pediatrician at MediMetry.


Also check this informative article on breastfeeding challenges.