How many times does a newborn feed?
Many novice mothers like to ask me such questions. Every time he feeds his baby, he opens his mouth to eat. Will he eat too much to break the baby? How many times will a newborn feed it?
In fact, so to speak, breastfeeding newborns should follow the principle of “feeding on demand”.
The mother does not care about day and night, nor does it matter how much time has passed between the last feeding and this feeding, and how much the baby has eaten. As long as the newborn wants to eat, he must breastfeed him.
Benefits of On-Demand Breastfeeding On-demand breastfeeding is beneficial. It can promote the increase of mother’s milk secretion.
By sucking the nipple through the baby’s excessive absorption, it stimulates the secretion of prolactin and enhances the secretion of the prolactin, which can also make the newborn gain weight quickly and increase its height.
In addition, you can increase the relationship between mother and child.
On-demand breastfeeding makes the mother emotionally satisfied and spiritually more comforted. She believes that she is very proud of her newborn baby, and at the same time strengthens the newborn’s dependence and affection on her mother.
Why are these benefits of on-demand breastfeeding? That’s because breast milk is rich in digestive enzymes.
These digestive enzymes or breast milk digest quickly and are easily absorbed. They are usually emptied from the stomach within 2-3 hours.
At this point the baby will want to breastfeed, and it is the best for mothers to breastfeed at this time, which conforms to the baby’s physiological characteristics.
As long as the baby needs it, mothers are ready to feed at any time. The best time for each feeding is 20-30 minutes. At this time, the content of aunt in breast milk starts to increase, which is conducive to the growth of the baby.
Breastfeeding on demand allows the mother’s breasts to empty in time.
This is conducive to the re-generation of milk, so that the mother and the baby can quickly adapt to each other. This can not only ensure that the baby has sufficient milk, but also not allow the mother to consume too much heat in the body because of too much milk.
After mothers fully understand what is on-demand breastfeeding, they know that regular feeding, water feeding, and regular diaper changing are not in line with the physiological characteristics of children.
Wrong feeding practices Mothers have prescribed newborns for less than 4 hours in the past, hungry again, cry again, and never feed again.
Such regular breastfeeding often causes a large amount of air to cry into the stomach with the baby. When the breast is to be fed, the air is full of stomach capacity, and it is bound to eat less.
Sometimes in order to reduce the baby’s crying, adding sugar water will also affect the milk intake. Repeatedly, the child will not get enough nutrition, and it will also affect his growth and development.
Someone has done a controlled study.
It is found that children who breastfeed on demand grow faster in weight and height than children who breastfeed regularly at 4 hours.
Regular breastfeeding is not good for the baby’s psychological and physical growth.
Crying when a baby is hungry can affect the mother’s rest, upset the mother, and make other family members nervous.
Therefore, the mandatory requirement of feeding once every 4 hours is really not desirable.
Novice moms must insist on breastfeeding on demand.