Parenting

New Born Feeding Problems

Feeding a new born baby with breast milk is the ideal method of feeding. This method provides both emotional and physical benefits for the newborn and the mother. While breastfeeding, there are a few helpful hints to alleviate various kinds of problems.

Tips to Avoid New Born Feeding Problems:

Some of the tips which should be followed while feeding a newborn are:

  • Feed baby only when it demands. Usually newborns feed eight to twelve times a day, which is roughly every two to three hours. This duration can decrease within a span of two to three months of age when the baby can be satisfied with six to eight feedings a day. It is important to understand the proper time and schedule of how the baby is feeding.
  • If exclusively breastfeeding, provide baby with Vitamin D supplements which are helpful in absorbing the calcium and phosphorous necessary for strong bones. Discuss these supplements with a doctor.
  • Recognize the early signs of hunger. These signs vary but usually include sucking motions, lip movements, stirring, stretching etc. Sometimes crying, fussing can also be a clue as well. As nursing becomes more natural, understanding the baby’s hunger signs becomes much easier as well.
  • Recognize when baby is full. Usually, when the baby stops sucking they close their mouth or turn their mouth away from the nipple. At this time they may be taking a break or they may be full. Try to burp baby or wait a few minutes and try again to offer the nipple or the bottle. Remember that feeding from the breast should last at least ten minutes per side but not more than twenty minutes per breast.
  • Eating patterns of baby will change as time passes. These variations will be noticed after three, and six weeks, three and, six months and so on. Sometimes their feeding will drop in the night and will catch up in the morning. Recognize these patterns and act accordingly.
  • Finally, learn the signs of baby being underfed. For instance, if baby is not gaining weight, not having proper bowel movements, shows little interest in feeding, feels sleepy all the time, then consult a child specialist immediately.

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