Feeding your baby at 0-3 months

Babies need lots of energy and nutrients – all from milk! Learn about your feeding choices and their changing appetites.

Feeding your baby at 0-3 months

0-1 months

Breastfeeding – where do I start…?

Your new-born baby will need feeding every two to three hours in the early days. This is because breast milk is very easily digested and their stomachs are quite small. But don’t try to stick to a schedule yet, just feed your baby on demand.

How do I know if they are full?

They’ll let you know how much they need! Generally, if your baby is feeding well, they will let go of your breast once they’re full. But if you’re worried about whether your baby is getting enough milk, try feeding them more regularly. If you are holding them, they’ll close in on your breasts if they’re still hungry.

1-2 months

Why is my baby suddenly eating a lot more?

A growth spurt, at around 6 weeks of age, will mean that they are a lot hungrier. Your feeding schedule may have to wait until they’re over the growth spurt. Keep feeding on demand and expect every 3 hours or so.

Will my body make enough milk?

Don’t worry, your body is more than capable of coping with the demand! When you’re breastfeeding, the more you feed, the more your baby takes and the more milk you’ll produce.

2-3 months

At 2 months, it’s important to keep up the night feeds, for your baby’s nutritional requirements.

Why is my baby crying so much?

Colic is something that happens to 1 in 4 babies. Colic passes, the following may ease their symptoms:

  • Make sure they’re not swallowing too much air – if you are feeding with a bottle, using a medium-flow teat may help.
  • Sit them upright during feeds, if they’re old enough.
  • Massage their tummy gently in small clockwise movements.

When will a feeding pattern start?

Your baby’s nutritional needs are changing as they grow, and their stomach size expands so they will probably be feeding for longer now but might be taking less feeds per day. Your baby will still tell you when they’re hungry, but by now a feeding pattern may be starting to show.

3 months

This is when your baby may seem much hungrier but don’t be tempted to start weaning as it’s more than likely that they’re going through a growth spurt. Your baby’s gut and intestine are still very immature and not yet ready for anything other than colic.

When do I start weaning?

Milk will still be supplying all their nutrients until 6 months, when they’ll start weaning. Some breastfed babies undergo a growth spurt, which means that they will still be hungry and need more milk, after breastfeeding. It’s important not to confuse hunger with the real signs of weaning because their digestive system needs time to develop before you introduce solids.

How can I tell if my baby’s had enough?

It’s hard to tell, but generally, hungry babies tend to cry for a feed more often and will take more when you do offer them milk. If your baby is growing well and content after his feed, he’s getting enough.

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