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Is My Baby Still Hungry?

Is My Baby Still Hungry?

Is My Baby Still Hungry?

You feed your baby the recommended amount of formula, but they still want more.  Is your baby not getting enough?

 

Every baby is different when it comes to feedings.  You will find out that just when you get in a routine, your baby will demand more to eat or to eat more often.  Don't let this frustrate you.  This is one of those times in parenthood that you have to be adaptable to the changes the baby brings to your life.

 

Your doctor as well as the Internet have guidelines for how much to feed your baby.  Whether it is based on age or size, these are not written in stone.  Keep in mind that your baby is growing at their speed of development.  There will be days that they will drink every last drop and then some, and there will be days that they leave a little bit behind.  Can you think of days where you don't finish what's on your plate?

 

Newborns

Your newborn may be hungry all the time because they are going through a growth spurt.  Don't be surprised if you feed your baby a few ounces, only for them to call out for more.  This is the time that your baby will give you signs that they are hungry. You'll become an expert on their cues.

 

Infants

By the time that your baby is between four to six months, you can talk to your pediatrician about starting cereal.  You start a feeding with formula, then finish up with a few teaspoons of cereal.  It will help your baby feel fuller and get them started on solid foods. 

 

One thing that you can be certain is that your baby knows when they are full.  If they are not vomiting, then you can be more confident that they are getting enough to eat without making themselves sick.  Whenever you are concerned about your baby's eating habits, you can always contact your pediatrician in case you feel like you are missing something.

 

The Ultimate Guideline Checklist for Feeding Your Baby

  1. Is your baby gaining weight? If yes, they are getting enough to eat.
  2. Is your baby wanting to feed more often? Your little one may be going through a growth spurt.
  3. Is your baby fussy? It may be something that a bottle cannot solve.  Be sure to check all signs of discomfort.

 

 

Other resources:

https://www.babycenter.com/400_is-8-ounces-of-formula-too-much-for-a-3-month-old_2025507_440.bc