At times, parents with newborns are surprised to see how often they feed. Your baby has a small tummy that gets full quickly, so for the initial couple of weeks, babies need feeding for every 2-3 hours. It’s no big surprise that parents can feel a little restless.
- Let them decide how often they feed
Each baby is unique, let them decide on how much milk they want. Regardless of whether you breastfeed, bottle feed or both, the baby will positively fill you in as to whether they’re eager. Besides crying, there are different signs that your infant needs a feed. They start sucking their fists, lick their lips, or open their mouths for a feed.
- Night feeds go with the age
Fortunately as they grow, they need less night feeds. When they’re around four months old, a majority of them will require 1-3 night feeds. This reaches to 1-2 night feeds when they arrive at a half year. Obviously, this is given that your baby is feeding well for the entire day.
- Babies feed more often in nights
A majority of the babies wake up during that time if they are hungry. Allow them to do this except if they have weight or other medical problems that mean they are awake for a feed. If you’re worried about how your child is first breastfeeding after birth, go and consult with your GP or advisor. You may find that your baby needs to feed more, or for more, during the night, particularly if you are breastfeeding as your body creates more hormones that produce milk, during the night.
- More night feeds signify growth spurt
You baby is likely to wake up more in nights. This is so because they need additional feeds since they’re having a development spurt. Appetite isn’t the main reason behind why your little one might wake up. If they don’t need milk, check for different things that may aggravate their rest, including the room temperature, child’s temperature and nappy.