Baby Feeding Tips 

6 Baby Feeding Tips for New Mothers

Feeding a newborn is a full-time job. It also gives parents the opportunity to form a bond with their babies. A newborn’s feeding pattern can be irregular so to ensure you’re well informed on this new job of yours, here’s what you need to know

Stick with Breast Milk or Formula

Breast milk is ideal for babies albeit with rare exceptions. For a supplement, only use infant formula. Healthy newborns don’t need fluids like water or juice. Cerelac (ซีรีแล็ค, which is the term in Thai) and other baby foods can come at a later stage.

Feed Your Newborn on Cue

Most newborns can do with 12 feedings daily; once every 2-3 hours.

Pay attention to early signs of hunger, such as sucking on fists and fingers or crying. Feeding a baby sooner means you’re less likely to soothe a raging baby.

Pay attention to when he or she ceases suckling, closes his or her mouth, or backs off from the nipple or feeding bottle, this might be a sign that he or she is full or taking a break perhaps. Try to burp your baby or hold on a little before you offer your breast or the feeding bottle again. As your baby grows, he or she may need more milk at each feeding.

Try Vitamin D Supplements

Your doctor may recommend vitamin D supplements for your baby, especially if you’re breast-feeding. Vitamin D might not be enough in breast milk and is essential in helping your baby absorb phosphorus and calcium which are nutrients that promote strong bones.

Expect Your Newborn’s Eating Patterns to Vary

Your newborn eating pattern will vary as they grow. Generally during newborns’ first two-three weeks or six weeks after birth, their intake of foods increases at each feeding or they might get hungry more often. Responding to first signs of hunger is key rather than sticking to a timetable