Establishing newborn feeding patterns

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Establishing newborn feeding patterns

Establishing newborn feeding patterns

Newborn feeding patterns will vary from infant to infant.

Newborns will normally require about 10 to 12 milk feeds every 24 hours. Initially the frequency of breastfeeds will be more, in later months it will start decreasing. Even formula-fed babies should be given at least 7 or 8 breastfeeds every day.

Daytime baby patterns

Some babies sleep more during nighttime and are active more during the day time. This is a benefit for mothers because they can establish a connection with their babies. The mothers can understand their feeding schedules, try to change patterns slowly, analyze when babies need feed and when they want to play.
Give a personal touch by conversing with your babies, putting them on your tummies and helping them recognize your first touch.

Night time baby patterns

Some babies sleep a lot throughout the day and are awake almost whole night and make the nights sleepless for both parents. Post-delivery, even a mother need lots of rest, whether the delivery has been normal or though csection.

Such babies require regular breastfeeds throughout the day, but during night, mothers may start introducing formula feeds to help babies feel filler and they can sleep at the stretch for longer duration. Such sleeping patterns should be increased slowly as the baby grows.

Parents can maintain dim lights in the room to help the babies retire to bed soon or sleeping time can be set slowly.

Newborn feeding patterns

Two to Eight week old

Usually infants of this age will take enough morning sleep, get up for feed and the cycle continues till afternoon. As evening approaches, slowly they should be introduced with short naps during the evening and involve more in play time so that your baby sleeps a lot during the night time.

Breastfeeding baby would need around 10 or even more feeds because breast milk gets digested easily.

Formula fed babies would require around 7 breastfeeds and the rest will be formula milk so that your baby fills full whole night till next morning.

Babies depending totally on formula fed milk will sleep more either during the day time or night time according to their schedule and will demand less milk every 24 hours in comparison to breastfeeding babies.

After about 4 months of age, solid foods can be introduced but not mandatory.

Parenting Tip: If your new born sleeps a lot initially and gets up frequently either for feeding or if he’s filling up the diapers, it’s completely NORMAL. They need some time to adapt to their life outside womb.


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