- How Much Should You Feed a 3 Month Old Baby
- 3 Month Old Baby Feeding Schedule
- How to Cope With Lactation Crisis?
- How Often Should I Feed My 3 Month Old?
How Much Should You Feed a 3 Month Old Baby
For a 3-month old baby, breast milk is the main and the only source of nutrition. It’s worth neither to overfeed the baby nor to introduce additional food.
Breast milk is the ideal food for a 3 month old baby, not only because it's more beneficial than any mixtures or substitutes, but also because it is the most convenient way to feed the baby for the mom. You can take your baby anywhere not worrying about how you're going to feed on the way or upon the arrival. You always have fresh and warm food in quantities he/she needs.
3 Month Old Baby Feeding Schedule
During this period, you can gradually move to feeding the baby on a schedule. However, it doesn’t mean that when your baby is 3 months, you have to feed him/her with 3.5 hours interval, while two days ago he/she ate every two hours. Try to gradually establish feeding mode together with the mode of the day. For example, you come from a walk at 5 p.m. - feed your baby, then at 8 p.m. you bath and feed him/her after, then he/she should go to sleep.
Thus, the baby will get used that after a bath, he/she eats and falls asleep. This habit will help you and your child in the future, when he will have to go to a kindergarten and school. And don't think that at three months it’s too early to think about a schedule. The baby will need plenty of time to get used. You may find it hard to establish the day regimen when the baby is 1 yo.
Three months after the birth, many moms note decrease in the amount of milk and the lactation crisis. Actually, you don’t have less milk, simply the baby has grown up. You may notice that the baby eats more frequently as during the first month after the birth and looks quite unhappy. Don't worry, this state of things isn’t going to last more than three or four days.
How to Cope With Lactation Crisis?
Frequently apply the baby to the breast - in response to frequent sucking, your breasts will produce more milk. Don't be nervous. When you're under stress, the body is unable to enhance milk production. Slightly adjust your diet. Eat more liquid foods, drink tea to increase lactation.
Don’t introduce additional foods for the baby! This is a big mistake! Doing so, you won’t increase the amount of milk as you apply your baby to the breasts less frequently. Be patient and positive, think about your successful feeding!
If your baby is formula fed, be sure to strictly observe the feeding schedule, as formula takes more time to be digested than breast milk. The baby's portion of the mixture should be increased. When preparing food for your baby, carefully follow instructions on the package.
During the third month, the baby should gain 750 g in weight and 2.5 cm in length.