Newborn Babies Feeding FAQs

What is Colostrum? 

A nursing mother’s first milk for the baby is called colostrum. It is a protein (like steak or dried beans). Colostrum contains minerals and water and is made just for your newborn baby. It helps protect your baby from illness. Colostrum helps to get the gut ready for other solid foods. It is also called liquid gold because you can’t easily buy it. It comes in small amounts usually, millilitres or teaspoons. If your baby is not breastfeeding, you can get moe colostrum if you hand express your breast.

How Often Should I Breastfeed My Baby?

Generally, newborn babies should breastfeed 8–12 times per day for about the first month. Breast milk is easy to digest, so newborns are hungry often. Frequent breastfeedings help stimulate breast milk production during the first few weeks.

When a baby becomes 1–2 months old, he/she probably will be nurse 7–9 times a day.

In the first few weeks of life, breastfeeding should be on-demand, which is about every 1-1/2 to 3 hours.

As a baby get older, they’ll nurse less, and may have a more predictable schedule. Some babies might feed every 90 minutes, whereas others might go 2–3 hours between feedings.

A newborn baby should not go more than about 4 hours without feeding, even overnight.

How Long Should I Breastfeed My Baby?

It’s your personal choice. Experts say that babies be breastfed exclusively (without formula, water, juice, or food) for the first 6 months. Then, breastfeeding you can continue until 12 months (and beyond) if it’s working for you and your baby.

Breastfeeding has many more benefits for both mother and baby. Various studies show that breastfeeding can lessen a baby’s chances of ear infectionsdiarrhoea, and bacterial meningitis, or make symptoms less severe.

Breastfeeding also protects your baby from sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)diabetesobesity, and asthma.

For mothers, breastfeeding helps burn calories and shrink the uterus. Breastfeeding is also helpful to returns to their pre-pregnancy shape and weight quicker. Breastfeeding also lowers the risk of diseases like:

  • breast cancer
  • high blood pressure
  • diabetes
  • heart disease

It also might help protect moms from uterine cancer and ovarian cancer.

How Do I Count the Time Between Feedings?

Count the length of time between feedings from the time your baby begins to nurse (rather than at the end) to when your little one starts nursing again.

Especially at first, you might feel like you’re nursing around the clock, which is normal. Soon enough, your baby will go longer between feedings.

How Long Does Nursing Take?

Generally, a newborn may nurse for up to 20 minutes or longer on one or both breasts. As babies get older and learnt to breastfeed properly, they may take about 5–10 minutes on each side.

How long nursing takes depends on you, your baby, and things, such as:

  • your breast milk supply has come in (this usually happens 2–5 days after birth)
  • your let-down reflex (which help to flow milk
  •  from the nipple) happens right away or after a few minutes into a feeding
  • your breast milk flow is slow or fast
  • the baby has a good latch, taking in as much as possible of your areola (the dark circle of skin around your nipple)
  • your baby begins gulping right away or takes it slow
  • your baby is sleepy or distracted

Consult with your doctor if you are worried that your baby’s feedings seem too short or too long.

Why Is My Baby Hungrier Than Usual?

During the rapid growth (called a growth spurt), babies want to eat more than usual. The growth spurt can happen at any time. But in the early months, it often happens when a baby is:

  • 7–14 days old
  • 2 months old
  • 4 months old
  • 6 months old

During these times and whenever your baby seems extra hungry, follow your little one’s hunger cues.

Breastfeeding vs Formula

How Do I Store My Breast Milk?

It is best to stored breast milk in a glass or BPA-free hard plastic baby bottles. Avoid using plastic with the number 3 or 7 on the bottom. You can also use clean food storage containers such as canning jelly jars, and Polyethene bags for breast milk storage.

Storage bags should be double-bagged in the freezer to help protect the breast milk. More milk fat and secretory IgA (calories and germ-fighting properties) will be lost when storing breast milk in bags. The storage containers did not need to be sterile but clean and dry. Closed containers with solid lids and not with baby-bottle nipples.

How Long Does Nursing Take?

Generally, a newborn may nurse for up to 20 minutes or longer on one or both breasts. As babies get older and learnt to breastfeed properly, they may take about 5–10 minutes on each side.

How long nursing takes depends on you, your baby, and things, such as:

  • your breast milk supply has come in (this usually happens 2–5 days after birth)
  • your let-down reflex (which help to flow milk
  •  from the nipple) happens right away or after a few minutes into a feeding
  • your breast milk flow is slow or fast
  • the baby has a good latch, taking in as much as possible of your areola (the dark circle of skin around your nipple)
  • your baby begins gulping right away or takes it slow
  • your baby is sleepy or distracted

Consult with your doctor if you are worried that your baby’s feedings seem too short or too long.

How Do I Count the Time Between Feedings?

Count the length of time between feedings from the time your baby begins to nurse (rather than at the end) to when your little one starts nursing again.

Especially at first, you might feel like you’re nursing around the clock, which is normal. Soon enough, your baby will go longer between feedings.

Should I Wake the Baby for Feedings?

It is suggested that not to wake a sleeping baby. It’s a phenomenon for newborns to lose weight after birth in the first few days of life and then gain it back.

Should I Wake the Baby If They Doze off During a Feeding?

Some experts say yes. If a baby eats so slowly that one feeding runs into the next feeding time—and their parents find themselves with little time for anything else. Try slightly undressing your babies, tickling their feet or patting their bottom to get back on task.

Is the Baby Feeding too much?

To avoid overfeeding, to know the baby is full watch these signs, such as turning their head, pushing the bottle away or fussing. Avoid focused on making sure the baby finishes every last drop. It is suggested to put no more than a half-ounce more than you expect the baby to eat at each feeding in a bottle. If the baby drains that too, it’s time to add a little bit more. But go slowly: Try pausing halfway through the bottle, sitting baby up and burping them—then see if they.

Should I Worry that the My Baby Is Theorising Weight?

Generally, newborns lose weight in the first few days of life—up to 7 to 10 per cent is considered acceptable beyond it doctor may advise you to supplement with formula to ward off dehydration and low blood sugar.

If a baby isn’t getting enough calories, you’ll see a lag in growth such as a decrease in baby’s weight, then length and lastly head circumference, since the body prioritizes the brain when nutrients are scarce. But when it comes to a baby’s growth, bigger isn’t necessarily better. It’s all about the growth curve. If you have parents who are thin and the kid is in the 10th percentile, that’s probably normal for that child.

Call your paediatrician if your baby has a fever; is lethargic, refusing to eat or vomiting a lot in between feedings; not urinating at least every four to six hours, or if your baby’s urine is very concentrated (dark yellow).

When Should I Alternate My Breasts?

Breast alternat helps to keep up your breast milk supply in both breasts and prevents painful engorgement (when your breasts overfill with milk).

Try to switch breasts in the middle of each feeding and then alternate which breast you offer first for each feeding. If you forget where your baby last nursed? Try to attached reminders — like a safety pin or small ribbon — to your bra strap so you’ll know which breast your baby last nursed on. Or keep a notebook handy you can also use a breastfeeding app to track how your baby is feeding.

If your baby like switching breasts at each feeding or prefer to nurse just on one side, then offer the other breast at the next feeding. Do whatever is ideal for you and is the most comfortable for you and your baby.

How Often Should I Burp My Baby During Feedings?

When the baby finishes on one side, try burping before switching breasts. Sometimes, the movement alone can be enough to cause your baby to burp.

Some infants need more burping, others less, and it can also vary from feeding to feeding.

If the baby spits up a lot, try burping more often. While it’s normal for infants to “spit up” a small amount after eating or during burping, a baby should not vomit after feeding. If the baby throws up all or most of feeding, there could be a problem that needs medical care.

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