During your baby’s first 3 months, breast milk or formula will provide all the nutrition needed.
But as your infant develops physically and mentally, the feeding process will evolve. In general, babies move toward consuming more milk during each feeding, so won’t need to feed as often and will sleep longer at night.
But there will be times during the next year — and, especially, in the first 3 months — when a growth spurt increases your baby’s appetite. Continue to feed on demand and increase the number of feedings as needed. Continue reading →
Congratulations! Now your baby will probably begin to stay awake longer during the day and sleep more at night. Probably — but the range of normal is still very wide.
Your baby’s sleep phases are much the same as your own: drowsiness, REM (rapid eye movement) sleep, light sleep, deep sleep, and very deep sleep. Your baby might start sleeping through the night now — but the definition of “sleeping through the night” at this age is a stretch of only 5 hours! Continue reading →
Breastfeeding gives your baby a headstart in life because breast milk will meet all his/her nutritional needs. It is the only food he needs from birth till six months of age when the baby starts to wean, i.e. introducing semi-solid food. Some mothers continue to breastfeed their babies even until more than six months of age. Breastfeeding can be continued up to about two years of age if the baby does not suffer from any special medical condition. Continue reading →