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Facts on Feeding Your Baby

Facts About Feeding Your New Baby

The facts on feeding your baby are simple. But, how you choose to feed your baby, bottle or breast, is a decision you alone must make. Do not listen to pressure from outside sources that tell you that you “must” choose one way or another in order to be a “good mom,” or that you are “doing harm to your baby” if you opt against what they tell you. The important thing is to get on a baby feeding schedule because feeding babies is like clockwork!

The fact is, your baby needs food. If you give your baby the nutrition she needs, you are a good mom. Whatever form of feeding you choose, the most important thing to consider is the gentle, tender cuddling you provide for your baby during the feeding. Feeding babies is a way for moms to bond and learn what pleases their baby.

Mother’s milk is the complete and perfect food, and is nothing short of miraculous. But if you choose to feed formula, it's ok. You are not doing irreparable harm to your baby. While breastfeeding is preferred by most pediatricians, there are women who are unable to successfully nurse their babies. There are mothers who are unable to sustain the short intervals of breast feeding that a baby feeding schedule requires. There are tons of online baby feeding products to substitute mother's milk. And, a ton of online baby feeding accessories too. But, just stick to a baby feeding guide that focuses on nutrition, and you'll be ok.

Guide to Baby Feeding Schedules

A baby feeding guide will tell you that parents will feed their babies on a 2-3 hour schedule that is a somewhat flexible routine based on cues the baby gives when it cries. Crying is a late hunger cue, so don’t assume that your baby doesn’t need food until she cries. Some newborns can go 5-6 hours between baby feeding schedules, which is entirely inadequate for their nutritional needs. This is why solely following baby’s cues may lead to a sickly, undernourished baby who has failure to thrive. Under-fed babies often lack the strength to cry and thus don’t get fed at the appropriate intervals.

The best way to establish a reliable schedule is to set up a baby feeding chart. You establish the routine. Normally, newborns can go between 2.5-3 hours between feedings. This depends upon their birth weight. This time is counted from the beginning of one feeding to the beginning of the next feeding. A baby feeding chart can simply help you keep track of one feeding to the next. In this way, you can determine what feeding schedule your baby is comfortable with.

If you are nursing your baby, allow the baby to latch on to your breast appropriately. Your baby will receive foremilk first, a watery thin milk with little nutritive value. As your baby drinks the foremilk, you will experience letdown in which your glands will release the rest of the milk stored in them. The milk your baby now gets is the hindmilk, it is rich, fatty, and full of nutrients. The best indication that you’ve achieved letdown is the consistent and rhythmic swallowing as your baby nurses. Once your milk comes in, most mothers have success nursing for 15 minutes per side, which permits baby to receive the hindmilk she needs to grow strong and healthy.

Knowing the facts on feeding your baby allows you to create your own baby feeding guide that leads to a successful baby feeding schedule. Feeding babies isn't rocket science. Establishing a easy to use baby feeding chart helps you follow that feeding schedule for a happy and healthy baby!