Nutrition is crucial for babies to support their rapid growth.
During the first three months of their lives, babies sleep for about 14 to 16 hours a day, nurse seven to nine times a day and grow at a rapid pace. In fact, in the first three months after being born, your baby should be gaining 150-250 grams per week.They should also be growing at a pace of 2.5 centimeters per month. As a new parent, it can be overwhelming to keep track of such a growth rate but making sure that your baby is well-fed and well-rested is half the battle won.
And Feed, You Must
While breastfed babies tend to nurse seven to nine times a day, bottle-fed babies require 90 milliliters of formula every 2 to 3 hours. Making sure that your baby eats enough is just as important as making sure that they eat at the proper intervals. Your baby’s body requires nutrition not only in the right amounts but at the right times to make sure that their growth is on track.
Breastfed vs. Bottle-fed
Breastfed babies don’t need much monitoring of food as a mother’s milk has all the nutrients a baby needs to grow at the right pace. A mother just needs to make sure that they adhere to the right diet and produce enough milk. Some mothers do have trouble producing enough milk in the first few months and can take lactation supplements and try breast-pumping a few times a day to ensure that their production is adequate. But other than that, they just need to feed their baby at proper intervals. Bottle-fed babies, on the other hand, require a bit more monitoring. Aside from making sure that the formula they are being fed is suited to them, your bottle-fed baby also needs to be kept away from cow’s milk until they are at least a year old.
Don’t Overdo it
Overfeeding is also a concern with infants this young, as that can lead to obesity in later life. But as long as you keep to a schedule and only feed your baby when you’re sure they’re hungry, there should be nothing to worry about.
So, go ahead, enjoy these precious moments of motherhood and see your baby grow up rapidly.