As a new mother, you may be concerned whether you infant is getting the nutrition that they need to stay healthy. By incorporating breastfeeding into your baby’s diet, you can ensure that your child is getting the essential vitamins and minerals they need. Baby formula is also a good source of these nutrients if you are unable to breastfeed.
When feeding infants through breastfeeding, you are developing their brain while also providing protection against illness and maintaining healthy growth for your baby. While it is normal for your newborn to lose weight after birth as their body adjusts from your body fluids, they will continue to add weight and grow within the next few days after birth.
Breastfeeding is the best food source for a growing baby and should be maintained for the first 12 months of their life, if possible. This puts them on the best track and can avoid health issues such as diarrhea, ear infections, bacterial meningitis, diabetes, obesity, and SIDS.
A normal baby will want to eat six to eight times a day or more. It can be as frequent as every hour that your baby wants to eat and you should respond with breast milk, as necessary. There is no reason to give you baby anything other than breast milk as other fluids will not provide the nourishment they need to grow.
4 Signs Your Baby Is Feeding Properly
Here are some feeding tips for babies to ensure they are getting the required amount of food. You will know that you baby is properly fed if you experience these signs.
- No pain: If breastfeeding is comfortable for you and your baby, this is a good sign that your infant is getting enough breast milk from you. Your newborn will fall into a rhythmic sucking and you can rest assured that they are getting enough food to stay healthy. You shouldn’t have any pain after the first few sucks and your milk has begun to drop.
- Less fullness: Your breasts can indicate how well your baby is being fed by their shape and size. They should appear to be less full and supple after breastfeeding as you have lost some of the fluid they hold by feeding your baby. This means that your baby has taken in the nutrients they need and feeding your infant has gone well.
- Healthy appearance: Both you and your baby should have a healthy appearance. If your baby is getting enough food they will have a healthy glow to them and firm skin that bounces back to the touch. If your baby is showing signs of yellow discoloring, their diet may be impacting their health and you should reach out to a center for child development for proper feeding techniques.
- Regular diaper changes: With breastfeeding comes diaper changes and these should be frequent. You can expect to change your baby’s diaper six or more times a day. Their urine should be clear and have no odor while their stool should be a normal yellow-mustardy color.
4 Signs Your Baby Needs More Nutrition
While you may be breastfeeding your infant frequently, they may have problems latching on or taking in the amount of breast milk they need to stay full. A center for child development can help you learn proper breastfeeding techniques and get your baby to eat properly.
- No weight gain: If your baby isn’t gaining weight, this is a sign that they are not getting the proper amount of food. They should regain their birth weight and more within the first 14 days of life. Low birth weight can mean that your baby isn’t eating enough when being breastfed as they may have problems latching, suckling or not being given enough time to eat.
- Not waking for feedings: If your newborn doesn’t regularly wake to have feedings, there is something that is causing them to avoid eating. While you should regularly wake your infant to eat, they should also want to eat on their own at the first sign of hunger.
- Clicking noises when feeding: When your baby makes clicking or dry sucking noises when you are breastfeeding, this means they are having problems latching on and getting the proper amount of breast milk in their system. A center for child development can help you identify why and go about making sure your baby gets the breast milk it needs.
- Less wetting: If you are changing very few diapers during the day, your baby isn’t getting enough food to digest and eliminate from their system. This is an indicator of improper feeding and will need to be consulted with a professional to relieve.
If you are unsure whether your baby is getting enough breast milk through breastfeeding a center for child development can help you understand the areas where you or your baby are having problems. Early Developmental Therapy Consultants can help make sure your baby is properly fed and give you all the tools you need to maintain their development.