Motherhood is the most precious time in the lives of most women. The very idea of bringing a new life is nothing but thrilling! But of course, it is twisted with a lot of responsibilities. All new mothers falter at first. They do not know how to handle their precious darling in the first few days. It is overwhelming initially, and extremely challenging since the newborn must be fed right to become strong.
In the previous days, the grandmothers were the best source of knowledge for the new mother. Be it a food-related question, or general curiosity, the grandmothers were right on their toes to help out the new mother. But times are changing, and so is the need for nutrition of most children. Under that light, it is important to come up with a new and developed feeding plan which is based on the requirement of the toddlers and newborns of the current times.
Breastfeeding and Formula
The first few months of an infant’s life is precious. At that time, they must be fed just the right kind of food so that they can grow a strong immune system as an adult. At this stage, all the nutrient requirement of a newborn is met through the breast milk, nature’s gift to the child. Though most children are comfortable with breast milk for the first couple of months, some of them might face complications. In that case, it is advisable to switch to any infant formula after consulting a doctor, It is important to note that newborn babies do not require water, juice or any other fluids.
Wait For the Cue To Feed
Generally, most newborn babies require 12 feeding a day two hours apart. However, that does not imply that one should overfeed the child. Though they cannot speak, newborns have their own ways of making their hunger known. As a new mother, you ought to look out for those signs. A few of the signs include sucking of fingers and fists, lip-smacking, moving of hands towards mouth and such. All these signs are followed by fussing and crying which are the cues that appear later.
As a new mother, the sooner you begin to understand the earlier cues, the lesser will you have to deal with a frantic child. Like adults, newborn babies also don’t wish to eat after he/she is full, so it is important to look out for such signs too. A child may turn his/her head away after sucking for some time. This can mean either he/she is full or taking a break. It is advisable to make the child burn in such cases, or waiting for a minute before offering the bottle or breast. As the baby starts to grow, he/she may consume more milk in each feeding.
Diet Chart For Newborn
Though nowadays every pediatric provides a newborn with a diet chart, one can also customize depending on the taste of the child and of course, indigenous knowledge. In addition to breastfeeding in the first few months, it is important to wean the child. Weaning is a process where the newborns are introduced to solid foods. Begin with half a bowl of mixed cereal, or veggies and then introduce more such solid items. However, it is important to keep a measure on the serving and the type of solid food you want to give to your child. It is advisable to get your diet plan checked by the doctor. You can also design a poster of the diet chart and hang it against the wall to keep things in the mind.
Vitamin D Supplements
Check with your pediatrician about the Vitamin D supplements for your newborn. Though the breast milk contains all the nutrients needed by a newborn child, it may not be enough for some. In such cases, the newborns have been prescribed Vitamin D supplements. This is an essential nutrient as it aids the baby to absorb calcium and phosphorous to grow effective bone density.
Variation In Baby’s Eating Pattern
Do not be under the impression that your baby will consume the same amount of milk every day. During the growth spurts- often two to three weeks after birth and again six weeks after birth, babies need to be fed often. Additionally, they drink more in each feeding.
Children are beautiful and very precious. It is important that we understand their nutritional requirement and feed them better. After all, they are our future.
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