Every baby at birth is different, so the best way to feed baby the first few weeks is to feed him on demand (when he is breastfed).
So we will never wake a baby to feed him. It is however preferable to respect a minimum interval of 2 hours 30 minutes for digestion, with a bottle. In terms of quantity, he will usually drink what he needs.
Sometimes he will finish his bottle, other times not; in any case do not force it. The best way to know if a baby has eaten well is simply to watch it after feeding; a baby who falls asleep calmly and sleeps at least 2 hours and 30 minutes is a satisfied baby.
The first weeks, it is normal that he is hungry at night, his body does not contain the energy reserves necessary to stay fast for 6 or 8 hours.
During the first three months, a well-nourished child will take an average of 150 to 200 grams per week.
The baby growth chart
Monitoring of height, weight, and head circumference provides a good indication of the baby's health during the first year. Here are the indicative curves that must be followed to know if baby is developing well!
Breast milk is the best early diet for babies. Most maternity hospitals now advocate early breastfeeding; a good start is indeed essential. In addition it will allow the baby to feed on colostrum, fluid produced the very first days after delivery, extremely rich in proteins, minerals and immune elements.
If the baby is exclusively fed by breastfeeding, a vitamin K supplement is recommended. This vitamin intervenes in blood clotting. This vitamin K supplementation avoids infant bleeding disease.
As for the frequency of feedings, they will be on average 8 to 10, the first 15 days, 7 in number from 15 to 30 days, then to 6.
Weaning, which often takes place at the resumption of work around 3 months, should be done gradually over a period of 10 to 15 days. But the best is certainly to go a little further.
Before 4 months, the breast milk will be replaced by a milk age.
Towards 4-6 months, we switch to a milk of continuation (2nd age). We will first replace the least abundant feed with a bottle of milk for 4 or 5 days, then the second feed, and so on in increments of 4 or 5 days for the child to get used.
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The first 4 months, you will use milk age. The frequency of the bottles corresponds to that of feedings. As an indication, a newborn baby will take 6 to 7 bottles of 90 ml of water + 3 measures of milk daily. The rations will increase over the weeks, for each 15 ml of water + ½ measure of milk. Thus, around 3 months, the ration will be on average 150 ml of water + 5 measures of milk, at a rate of 5 bottles per day.
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