The baby feeding guide first 30 days (1 month) to 3 months will provide insights on your baby’s feeding pattern. Your baby will rely solely on breast milk for their nutrition requirements. This however can be substituted with some formula.
Changes in the first 30 days in baby feeding guide
You may ask yourself what changes you are going to expect for your baby within the first 30 days since birth.
- As the baby grows, so does their baby feeding strategy.
- They will start to suck more in each breastfeeding session. This enables them to have plenty of time sleeping and sucking less at night.
- This growth spurt also promotes an increased appetite.
- Stick to feeding them each time they demand some and increase the times you do it as much as possible.
- The baby also develops some tendency to be more alert as the weeks pass, they will smile and coo as well. There will be some increased bond between you and the infant as they suck on the breasts.
We provided some baby feeding guidelines, more so for the first 30 days
They are not specifically for every baby as each one may have their diverse appetite. Some may be hungrier more or less often than what is highlighted below.
The basic thing to do as you feed them is to just pay more attention to their signals of being hungry or full.
When full babies have some tendencies to slow down the sucking, stop sucking or turn their mouth away from the breast or feeding bottle.
How much and how often should you breastfeed the baby?
As they grow through the first 30 days, they are bound to suck less and sleep more especially at night. The signals that will indicate that they are feeding well include;
- Your baby will show signs of being more alert, contented, and more active.
- They will have a constant weight gain, growth, and overall development.
- Your newborn can breastfeed 6-8 times daily.
- Regularly, they will wet their diapers.
The opposite of this is; appearing dissatisfied, even after you have just breastfed them, they tend to get easily irritated or they cry for long. You need to seek some advice from the pediatrician if it reaches a point where there is a need to be concerned.
Some weeks from birth, most of the breastfed babies will have fewer bowel movements than they used to have in the first weeks. This will continue to reduce for up to when they turn 2 months old. You should only be concerned if they don’t have any bowel movement in 3 consecutive days.
As they rapidly grow within the first 30 days, there is some increased tendency to feed more and often too. This is the signal you should look for to make more milk available for them. This is bound to happen within a few days, the supply and demand curve will balance.
If the baby only feeds on breast milk they should be given vitamin D supplements in the first few days after birth. Some may want to give them juice, water, and solid food but these are of no value to the baby at this age.
How much formula and how often should I feed them on formula?
The formula is digested at a slower rate than breast milk. This makes them feed less compared to those relying solely on breast milk
While using a bottle to feed the baby, make sure the hole of the bottle’s nipple is the right size. This will facilitate the milk to drip at a slow rate from it and prevent the formula from pouring out.
When they give the signal that they are full, avoid the urge to continue feeding them until they finish the bottle contents. Feeding on the bottle is easy for them than from a breast Hold the bottle in the right position and never prop it. Propping the bottle will cause choking to the baby and this is a sure way to cause ear infections and tooth decay. More baby feeding tips here.
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Providing nourishment for your newborn within the first 30 days is a thrilling adventure for new moms. This baby feeding guide provides few tips on how you can get started. Caring for your baby is always a prime purpose for all parents. Share your experience on your journey through the comments below. We would love to hear back!