My baby always seems to be hungry. Is he getting enough to eat?
Many parents wonder whether their baby is getting the right amount of food at each feeding. Your baby will let you know whether he’s hungry or full by his actions. Be sure to keep the following information in mind and look to the hunger and fullness cues below.
A breastfed baby is less likely to be overfed because he’s in charge of the milk flow; he won’t drink more than he wants. If your baby is consistently breastfeeding more often than usual or drinking more at every feeding, has good head control and seems interested in food, he might be ready to start solids.
Babies have their own eating styles—some babies are slow eaters and may appear to be “eating all the time.” It’s important to watch for your bottle-fed baby’s hunger and fullness cues and to never use an object to prop the bottle. Your baby should be taking between 4 to 6 fluid ounces per feeding (up to about 30 fluid ounces per day).
Also be sure to avoid encouraging him to finish a bottle when he shows he’s full. Your baby can satisfy the urge to suck by using a pacifier.
A new eater may only take a few bites but will eventually eat more when he’s hungry or ready. Keeping a record of your baby’s weight gain and growth patterns to discuss with your doctor is the best way to confirm your baby is getting adequate nutrition.
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