How to know if your baby is still hungry?

How to know if your baby is still hungry?

The World Health Organization (WHO)


recommends breastfeeding as the ideal nourishment for baby, and breastfeeding only during the first six months of baby's life; this same advice


is valid for formula-fed babies.

No matter what baby's weight may be, it is best to not include other foods in his diet before he turns six


months old because his digestive tract is not totally ready to digest other proteins which may also cause him allergies later on.

If your baby


eats very frequently you might feel that you are not feeding him well. If you feed him four ounces (118 ml) every one or two hours you can be


assured that he is eating enough. However, if your baby vomits or has diarrhea it is possible that he is not absorbing the nutrients in the


milk, or if you add too much water to powdered milk and the bottle is watery, he may need more milk to provide him with the calories he needs.

A


baby that weighs just over 13 pounds (6 kg) and is within the 75 to 90 percentile of weights, needs to eat about 1 liter of formula each day in


order to continue gaining weight.

Formula-fed babies seem to go through growth spurts at about 2, 3 and 6 months, when they might take more


formula for a time, and then return to their regular amount.

If you feel that your baby is always hungry, you can check the opening on the bottle


nipple, it might be too large and baby is drinking too quickly so the brain doesn't have time to give the signal of being satisfied. Remember


that it should take baby about 20 minutes to drink a bottle. Remember too that affection is important for your baby and can help him calm his


hunger.

When baby turns 6 months old, solid foods can gradually be added to his diet. There are no strict rules as to the order this should be


done, as long as it is done gradually, one food at a time about one or two weeks apart so you can watch for allergic reactions and make sure that


he is digesting the foods well. In any event, your pediatrician will give you advice on how to proceed with cereals and purees.

Even though baby


shows interest in trying everything, remember that he still doesn't have enough teeth, so you should start with soft foods that are easy to


manage with his gums.

Rice mixed with breast milk or formula is usually baby's first solid food. Wait a couple of days and try something else,


maybe a vegetable. Later on, you should add more cereals, vegetables and fruits. Whole dairy milk, eggs and fish should be added to baby's


diet when he is about one year old.



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