Feeding Schedule

The process of offering food to the baby at scheduled interval

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Baby feeding and sleeping schedule: Breastfeeding 4 to 6-month-old

A newborn’s sleep schedules take time to set and therefore it is very tough to get into a consistent routine before 4 months of age. Bedtimes can also be quite inconsistent and erratic in the first 3 months. Now that your baby is 4 months old, this is the perfect time to get your baby into a routine as they naturally settle into a 4-5 nap schedule. Here is your 4 month old breastfeeding schedule: 8am – Wake Up & Nurse 9:30am – Nap 11am – Nurse 12:00pm – Nap 2pm – Nurse 3pm – Nap 5pm – Nurse 6pm – Nap 8pm – Nurse / Bottle (We do a pumped bottle from 8pm onward) 8:30pm – 9pm Bed *Sometimes there is a middle of the night feed around 5am. It is common for baby to still get up 1-2x per night after the first 5-8 hour stretch at this age. Note: If your baby wakes up earlier, adjust the times above accordingly. For example, if your baby wakes up at 7am, then bedtime should be around 7:30-8pm. How many naps for a 4 month old? As you can see your 4 month old is napping 4 times a day now. This schedule has naturally emerged from following a 1.5-2 hour wake time in between naps and trying to do an “Eat, Activity, Sleep” schedule. The crucial point here is that you want to feed your baby AFTER they are awake. This way they are not associating nursing with going to sleep and will likely sleep better at night. This isn’t always possible to do this based on your baby’s nap schedule. Some days the schedule may get thrown off and you may have to nurse right before your baby goes to sleep. And that’s OK! Just try to implement it as often as you can. Naps at this age are typically 45 mins to an hour. Babies at this age haven’t yet learned to connect their sleep cycles so it’s common to have a nap that is just one sleep cycle. 4 month old babies usually nap 4-5 times a day. The key is that you’re wanting your baby to get 15-16 total hours of sleep a day (including naps & night time). How often to nurse a 4 month old? As far as nursing during the day is concerned, you may follow approximately 3 hours intervals in between nursing schedules. You may also nurse on demand and therefore if your baby gets hungry before 3 hours you may feed her. But, it will be ideal also to keep the 3 hours interval in mind. 4 Month Old Breastfeeding Schedule You don’t need to stick to a schedule to the T. Every day will be different and you can adapt and change it as you need to. The key elements of a schedule for a 4 month old is knowing that they will likely need at least 4 naps in the day. Carve out the approximate times for when those naps will be (morning, noon, early afternoon, late afternoon) and plan your day around that.   Content source Featured image source          

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Your Milk Vs Formula / SCDHEC

All about responsive feeding

How much milk does a 3-month-old baby need?

An accurate amount of milk required for a 3-month old baby may be tough to calculate as some babies need small amounts of milk frequently throughout the day while others may drink large quantities with more time between feedings. You may get a clear idea of how much milk your baby requires in a day by simply monitoring the infant's hunger cues to decide how much to feed the baby at each meal. How do I know when my baby is hungry?: For babies born prematurely or with certain medical conditions, scheduled feedings advised by your pediatrician are best. But for most healthy, full-term infants, parents can look to their baby rather than the clock for hunger cues. This is called feeding on demand, or responsive feeding. Hunger cues: A hungry baby often cries. But it's best to watch for hunger cues before the baby starts crying, which is a late sign of hunger and can make it hard for them to settle down and eat. Other typical hunger cues include: Licking lips Sticking tongue out Rooting (moving jaw and mouth or head in search of breast) Putting his/her hand to mouth repeatedly Opening her mouth Fussiness Sucking on everything around It is important to realise, however, that every time your baby cries or sucks it is not necessary that he or she is hungry. Babies suck not only for hunger, but also for comfort. It can be hard at first for parents to tell the difference. Sometimes, your baby just needs to be cuddled or changed. General Guidelines for Baby Feeding: It is important to remember all babies are different. Some babies like to be fed more often, and others drink more at one time and go longer between feedings. However, most babies will drink more and go longer between feedings as they get bigger and their tummies can hold more milk: Most newborns eat every 2 to 3 hours, or 8 to 12 times every 24 hours. Babies might only take in 14 mL per feeding for the first day or two of life, but after that will usually drink 29 mL to 59 mL at each feeding. This amount increases to 59 mL to 88 mL by 2 weeks of age. At about 3 months of age, babies usually take 118 mL to 147 mL per feeding every 3 to 4 hours. At 4 months, babies usually take 118 mL to 177 mL per feeding. At 6 months, babies may be taking up to 237 mL ounces every 4 to 5 hours. Most babies will increase the amount of formula they drink by an average of 29 mL each month before leveling off at about 207 mL to 236 mL per feeding. Solid foods should be started at about 6 months old.     Content source Featured image source  

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4-Month-old daily routine that will work for you

Getting into a routine with your baby is an important thing. You will gradually learn to read your baby's cues to develop a pattern of eating, sleeping, and playing that meets your little one's requirements and works for your family. It can be a big assistance to notice what other moms and dads are doing. As you're creating a schedule for your baby, you must remember that most of the 3 and 4 months old babies require the following things: Wake and milk feed at 6 AM: Depending on the last time your little one was fed, this first feed of the day might be a big one. Make sure to take note if your baby is not super hungry —this might be a sign that you need to cut back on feeding in the middle of the night. For those breastfeeding, you'll probably be very full in the morning, particularly after a long stretch of rest and not feeding. Naptime at 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM: Don't be surprised if your baby needs a nap before this time, two hours awake is just enough time to tire the little one out at this time in the morning. Just keep an eye on how long they sleep. Too long might mean that they don't get enough to eat during the day, making them hungrier at night. Bathing and Milk feeding at 9:15 AM: It's up to you to decide if a bath feels right at this time of day. After bathing, it is time to feed your baby.   Naptime at 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM: Let your little one recharge for another 30 minutes if they don't wake up on their own. Milk Feed at 12:15 PM: Feeding time has come (again) and this may not happen for another half an hour, when baby awakes. Naptime at 2:15 PM - 3:15 PM: Babies are like cats with their naps, sometimes only needing 15-40 minutes at this time (or a little longer if they want). Let the little one sleep for another 30 minutes if they don't wake up on their own at this time. Milk feed at 3:15 PM: Time wake up the baby and feed. Last milk feed at 6:00 PM: Your little one is at the age where you can start thinking about trying to keep them from falling asleep at the bottle or breast. Maybe break up the feed and bedtime with a song or story to create some positive sleep associations. Sleep time at 7 pm: Time for bed. Sweet Dreams! Content source Featured image source    

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7 Common Bottle Feeding Problems

There are various reasons for a baby to refuse bottle feeding; the good news is that most of these reasons are behavioral in nature and can be addressed, sometimes, by simply observing the baby for vital clues. Given below are some common problems associated with bottle feeding and their solutions. 1. Misinterpreting Hunger The most common and the most easily correctable problem related to bottle feeding is the misinterpretation of hunger by new moms. Babies tend to suck on their thumbs and other objects for various reasons other than being hungry. A baby may suck on things out of anxiety, boredom or simply being tired; many mothers misinterpret this reflex of hunger. Attempting to feed the baby based on this behaviour can result in the baby refusing to feed simply because it is not hungry. What to Do If the baby is refusing to feed, do not force it, accept that you may have misinterpreted and wait till the baby gives more clear clues of being hungry. 2. Misinterpreting/Miscalculating Feeding Amount The second most common and easily correctable problem with regards to bottle feeding is miscalculating the amount of milk or baby formula a baby really needs. Sometimes parents make calculations based on expert opinion or simply guesstimate their baby’s daily requirement of milk or formula. And sometimes professionals make the mistake of not properly calculating requirements based on changing requirements as the baby is growing. Whatever the case may be, if a baby has had enough and is not hungry, it will refuse to feed. What to Do Commonly estimated feeding suggestions are only approximate figures and can vary from baby to baby. Some babies feed more than others and some less. As noted above, wait till the baby gives more clear clues of being hungry. 3. Distracted Baby Humans are naturally curious beings; this curiosity is apparent as early as four months from being born. Once a baby is four months or older, his curiosity makes him take more interest in everything around him. Other children playing, pets acting up, and even music and television can distract a baby and make it lose focus on feeding. What to Do If you feel your baby is distracted, turn of all sound sources such as television, music, etc., better still is to find a quiet room without people, children or pets. 4. Tired Baby A baby may refuse to bottle feed simply because it is tired. A baby that has not slept enough will tire quickly; while it is true that a hungry baby may sleep less, it is equally true for a baby deprived of sleep to avoid feeding. It will throw up a fuss, cry or fall asleep while feeding. What to Do Seek expert opinion on sleeping and feeding schedules, or create a balanced schedule to avoid overlapping sleeping time with feeding time. Also, ensure that your baby is getting enough sleep and try to feed the baby before it gets tired. 5. Individual Feeding Pattern Like all mammals, humans tend to display individual personality types, behavioral patterns, and feeding habits from very early in their lives. Some babies like to consume large amounts of food at one go; others like to feed a little at a time but more often during the day. If your baby is frequently refusing to bottle feed, then it is prudent to consider that you may not have fully understood his/her individual feeding pattern. Constantly feeding a baby can put added stress on the mother. Ideally, a baby’s individual pattern should be respected, but if needed, an attempt can be made to gently and gradually encourage a change. What to Do A baby should be encouraged to feed much of what food it needs in about forty minutes, but given individual patterns, this should not be forced. Stop if the baby does not wish to continue. Another approach to a frequent feeding pattern is to try and create longer intervals between feeds. Encourage play or take the baby for an outing, or let it nap to gradually increase the time intervals between feeds. 6. Bottle Feeding Aversion Some babies may develop an allergy to milk protein or may develop intolerance to milk or formula. There are many factors that may induce feeding aversions, such as certain physical or oral problems and reflux. Fortunately, most feeding aversions are a result of behavioral issues than actual physical problems or medical conditions. What to Do A feeding aversion can be a very complicated problem with no easy or straightforward solutions. If all else fails, then the only solution is to consult experts to try and identify the root cause of this aversion. 7. Night Feeding New-born babies need to be fed frequently and even at night. Avoid feeding a baby, that has reached six months, at night. If night feeding continues beyond six months it could result in a formula fed baby refusing bottle. This is no cause for alarm; it may simply be that the baby relies on feeding to fall asleep. Night time feeding will not harm the baby, but given that a baby needs only a certain amount of food every twenty-four hours, she may simply refuse to be bottle fed during the day. What to Do Once the baby has reached six months of age, parents should consider slowly and gradually discouraging night-time feeding. This can be done by simply encouraging the baby to feed more during the day. Content Source Featured Image Source

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Foods to avoid during breastfeeding

You remained on a healthy diet and avoided many foods for nearly 9 months thinking about the safety of your baby. Now when the baby is finally here, your protective instincts will get more strengthened. Therefore, it is normal to wonder if there are foods to avoid while breastfeeding as particles from the food you eat make their way through the breast milk to your newborn system. Given below are some of the foods that nursing or breastfeeding mothers should completely avoid and why: Seafood: In present times, mercury levels are high in different water bodies which get translated to high levels of mercury in seafood. High levels of mercury are present in shark and king mackerel, unlike other seafood which have lower levels of mercury. Hence doctors advice nursing mothers to completely avoid seafood. Processed food while breastfeeding: Processed foods are quick and easy to prepare especially when you have a baby. But these foods contain preservatives and additives that are toxic for the baby. Additives can also make the baby colic and cause some allergies. Your baby can also turn fussy. Spicy food and flatulence causing food: Spicy food and flatulence causing foods can cause a shift in your baby’s reaction. Though this research is in its rudimentary stage, it would help keep a diary of your diet and your baby’s behavioural change. Sugar and artificial sweeteners: On the whole, it is safe to consume sugar and artificial sweeteners, but in moderation. You can use it occasionally in your food. There are several internal barriers that prevent the baby from consuming excess sugar. The sugar first passes through your blood vessels, plus your baby should want to consume it. As of now there is no conclusive theory to prove that artificial sweeteners are bad for the baby, but it’s best to consume it occasionally. Caffeine and breastfeeding: Avoid consuming caffeine as it can make your baby agitated and prevent your baby from sleeping. You can consume two – three cups of coffee a day, but consult your doctor on the same. Alcohol consumption while breastfeeding: Alcohol consumption during pregnancy and post pregnancy is a complete, NO. Even the smallest amount of alcohol can hamper your child’s growth. If you want to consume a glass of alcohol, stop breastfeeding till the alcohol is completely washed from your system. Meat and non- vegetarian products: Meat that has fat absorbs toxins, plus it makes you gain unhealthy weight. It is recommended to consume lean meat for healthy living.   Content source Featured image source

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2-month-old, third week: Growth, care and more

If you feel you’re investing a lot of energy with your little one, this month may turn the tide a little bit. The early weeks of parenting can be a very one sided affair, with lots of input and not much feedback from babies to let their parents know how they’re growing. But now is the time when your baby will be more animated, smiling, beginning to coo and connect with you. Seeing your baby smile can be heart melting. Even if you’ve never had much to do with babies before, you are likely to have some idea of how to talk to your own. Just remember to establish eye contact with them, speak gently and show some animation on your face. As your baby smiles in response to you, then you, in turn will respond to them. This is known as reciprocity or the “dance” of communication which happens between a parent and their baby. Here are some crucial milestones that you may witness this month:  Feeding: Your baby may show increased signs of hunger this month and demand to be fed more often. Try to follow their lead when it comes to feeding times. If you are breastfeeding and have only been offering one breast, you may find you need to start offering both breasts at feed times in this month. Sleeping: Watch for more patterns of sleep developing this month, with your baby sleeping anywhere from 1-3 hours between most of their day sleeps. They are likely to be showing tired signs after the end of their feed session and this is often the best time to place them into their cots for a sleep. Total sleep over 24 hours varies considerably and any amount between 9-18 hours is considered normal at this age. Behaviour: Many babies peak in their crying episodes at 2 months, causing their parents to become almost as distressed. There are many reasons for baby’s cry even when it seems that all of their needs have been met. Maturation of the nervous system, being overwhelmed by stimulus, becoming overtired or just wanting reassurance are some of the most common reasons. Developmental milestones: Your baby’s involuntary grasp reflex will disappear around now, only to be replaced by a deliberate grip. Make sure you have some rattles and small but safe toys which they can entertain themselves with. This is also the time when your baby will discover their hands and feet and will keep themselves amused for stretches of time. As yet, your baby is still too young to know that those interesting appendages belong to them which mean they’ll be just as fascinated each time their hands and feet happen to cross their field of vision. Baby’s brain is hard at work learning to distinguish colors. As a result, baby will probably begin to show a preference for bright primary colors and more detailed and complicated designs. Encourage this development by showing baby pictures, photos, books, and toys. Growth: Your baby is likely to have a lot of growth and weight gain in the 2nd month, with an average of 150-200 grams per week. Don’t worry if they gain a lot of weight one week and not so much the next. Weight gain is only one indicator of growth. Head circumference and length, contentedness and general behaviour are equally as important as what the numbers and percentiles on the scales demonstrate.     Content source Featured image source  

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3 month old baby sleep and feeding schedule

Now that you have had three months with your baby, you would have noticed how they have grown and developed tremendously during the past 12 weeks. You would notice them falling into a routine and developing a pattern of behavior. Here, we discuss what your three-month old’s sleeping and feeding schedule should look like and some tips to help both you and the baby to settle down. Sleep Schedule Most babies would have started regulating their sleep schedules by now. They would be sleeping for longer hours and would have more wake times during the day. Usually, a three-month baby would sleep for around 15 hours a day. Of this, they would sleep 11-12 hours in the night and need 1 long nap and 3-4 short naps during the day. As the baby grows, the catnaps would further reduce to 3 during the day with more wake time occupying their time. This is the best time to introduce them to a sleep-wake-feed pattern that would encourage them to sleep longer stretches. If you notice that your baby, who was sleeping comfortably throughout the night, has started waking up frequently at night, do not worry. This is a temporary phase and happens when a child is going through a growth spurt, either physically or mentally. Feeding Schedule Just like your child is able to consolidate its sleep, it would also be able to regulate its feed. As the baby’s capacity has increased quite a bit since they were born, they would be able to go longer between feeds. Additionally, the baby would require less of night feed now and would be more interested in feeding during the day. At this stage, the baby should be taking around 170-200 ml of formula milk every 4-5 hours and 6-8 breastfeeds every 24 hours. Things to Remember While Scheduling Keep these things in mind when you start setting your child’s sleep and feeding schedule. A three-month old baby’s feeding schedule should not go beyond 6 feeds of formula milk in a 24-hour period. This means approximately 950 ml of formula milk. A child needs at least 15 hours of sleep in a day, including night sleep and naps. Babies usually take four naps a day, morning, afternoon, early evening and late evening. During the wake time, you need to make time to do things like massaging and bathing, playing games, strolling in the park, reading, etc. This would help them develop their strength and learn new skills. Sample Schedule 7:00 — Wake up 8:00 — Feeding time 8:30 — Short nap 9:00 — Wake up and feed 10:00 – Massage and bath 11:00 — Feed and long nap 1:00 — Wake up and feed 1:30 – Playing or reading 2:00 — Short nap 2:30 — Wake up and feed 3:00 – Playing, exercising or reading 4:30 — Feed and short nap 5:00 – Stroller walk 6:30 — Feed 7:00 — Catnap 7:30 – Playing 9:00 — Feed and bedtime 10:30 — Top-up feed + 1-3 night feedings Ensure that the top-up feed is given at mother’s bedtime, so that she can also have a longer stretch of sleep. This is just a guideline schedule and you would have to work out your schedule according to your and your baby’s comfort. Featured Image Source  

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