With the birth of your baby,
With the birth of your baby, start a beautiful new challenge: feeding to grow healthy and strong. Breast milk is the ideal food for a newborn, so you can rest assured you are getting the best nutrition. However, many mothers wonder if their baby is getting enough milk. How do you know? Here I tell you.The nine months of waiting are over and you finally have your new love in your arms. That baby, boy or girl, is the reason of your life and you need 100% to grow and feed. Your body is perfectly designed for motherhood, is the milk that he or she needs to feed and grow strong and healthy (a).However, breastfeeding can seem a challenge for many mothers, because like everything else, breastfeeding has a “science” and must learn to understand the process and be patient. Call it a “dance” between you and your baby. Will gradually engaging one another and eventually you will see that breastfeeding brings immense satisfaction and creates a beautiful bond between you. (Not to mention that is the easiest and most convenient way to feed (a)!)But there are always doubts, you may wonder how can you tell how much milk your baby needs. It is likely that other mothers did not breastfeed and give your baby formula, talk that he or she takes a certain number of ounces at each feeding. But when you’re breastfeeding, it is impossible to see how much milk does your little one. Unless there is an infrared camera, is something that can not be measured with the naked eye.So the main thing is to be alert to the signals that your baby. Beyond the hours, he or she will give you the keys to tell you if you are hungry and if you are satisfied (a). Every two hours is the average for a newborn, but that can vary from baby to baby. So if you nursed and soon indicated he wants more, not issues. Your stomach is so tiny, she needs your milk very often. This will change as you grow, but now needs to feed him frequently to be happy and grow strong. Between 8 and 12 times a day is ideal for the first weeks of life.Usually, your baby will eat well (if there are no problems such as poor positioning of the baby while nursing), but sometimes can not be drinking all the milk you need and this can cause problems. Please note the following to see if your baby is feeding as it should be:Your breasts should feel softer after each session, since the empty baby milk in them.Your baby is relaxed (a) and satisfied (a) after feeding.Notice how often urine. During the first days of life, when you receive the nutritious colostrum (first milk, which is full of antibodies and immunoglobulin that help protect the baby from viruses and bacteria and also to remove fecal waste called zirconium), your baby will one to two diapers. But when you “low milk” your baby will have 6 to 8 cloth diapers or disposable 5 to 6.Look how many stools (bowel movements) is: During the first month, your baby will be messy diaper at least 3 times a day. The first stools are dark, almost black, but by the fifth day of birth become mustard. As it grows, your baby may have a bowel movement a day. But every baby is different, so keep that in mind. The important thing is to have stools they indicate that you are eating enough.Most babies lose between 5 and 9 percent of their birth weight during the first days, but gain it back again at age 2 weeks old. If your baby has lost weight and regained it and keep gaining weight, is well fed. To give you an idea, during the first month your baby should gain between 5 and 10 ounces a week, at two and three months, will increase between 5 and 8 ounces, between three and six months will earn between 2.5 and 4.5 ounces week and from six months until the first birthday should be increased from 1 to 3 ounces a week.How can you realize that your baby is hungry? He or she will give you signs that it is ready (a) to eat.In the early phase of starvation, is hit or sucking lips, opens and closes the mouth sucks your hands, fingers, feet, toys or clothes.In the active phase of the hungry, your baby may be in the nursing position, close to your chest, pull your clothes, stick in the arm or chest repeatedly, be irritable and rapid breathing.In the late stage of starvation (ie, when they can not expect more), your baby moves his head from side to side with strength and cry!So if crying is because it is too late. Your baby is very hungry!Remember that breast milk is ideal for your baby from birth until two years old. How long you decide to breastfeed up to you, but whatever, however little it may seem, is very valuable to your health.Do not forget that as your baby grows their food needs are changing, because after 6 months, you can supplement breast milk with some solids. It is always important to consult your pediatrician before starting dietary changes.Any questions you have about breastfeeding or feeding your baby, consult your doctor. You can also consult the lactation specialists who can help if you have any problems with breastfeeding. In most cases you can resolve and allow you to give your baby food complete with all your love.
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