Breastfeeding: age features

Breastfeeding: age features

The importance of breastfeedingWe have already written repeatedly, but today we want to address the topic of how the mode of breastfeeding of a baby changes depending on age. Of course, a one and a half year old child or baby at the age of 8 months does not eat like a two-month crumb, but what it depends on and how to set the feeding mode correctly depending on age, let's try to understand our article.

Stages of development

From the momentfirst applicationto the breast in the maternity hospital and for 5-7 months the baby eatsonly mother's milk. Over time babymeets new food- first pedagogical supplements appear in his diet, and then the baby is increasinglystarts to try new products.

Acquaintance with adults can last up to 8-12 months. Soon breastfeeding crumbs increasinglyreplaced by another foodand approximately between 1.5 - 2 years old, the child almost completely switches to the “adult” diet,sometimes keeping 1-2 breastfeeding, mostly at night, and no longer for satiation, but for sedation.

Let's look at the changes in the baby's diet in more detail, with the condition that the baby is breastfed.

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1 month

The baby eats exclusively mother's milk, food is mostly on demand, without a regimen, spends much time at the breast. Approximately during the day, the baby eats 7-10 times and does not refuse an unlimited number of feedings at night.

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2 month
Exclusive breastfeeding continues, feeding takes place at intervals of 2 to 3 hours, but a pronounced regimen may not yet be established. Often, the crumb impatiently announces the room with screams if the mother does not come to feed him at the first call, and also attaches to her chest not only when she is hungry, but if she feels lonely, bored or wants attention. During the day, the baby eats 6-8 times during the day and 3-5 times at night.

Ksenia Solovey, breastfeeding consultant, certified specialist of the Training and Methodological Center for Supporting Breast Feeding of KMAPO named afterP.L. Shupika, psychologist, organizer and director of the Center for Milk Rivers in Kiev:“There are such firm myths that the child should be applied no more than once every three hours. But we know that lactation works on the principle of "demand - supply." Therefore, the more often the child is applied, the more milk is produced. To stimulate lactation, mom needs to put the baby to the chest once an hour, once a half. And the crumb eats exactly as much as he needs. The duration of feeding is also regulated by the baby, let him eat as much as he needs. Regular pumping after each feeding makes sense if you have problems with lactation, and you try to stimulate it in all possible ways. If there is enough milk, then you do not need to express it. ”

3 month

By the third month, most babies who are breastfed already have a certain regimen. On average, it is 6-8 feeds during the day and 2-4 feeds at night. A crumb can calmly enough to withstand 2-3 hours break between feedings, it becomes more calm and patient, it can be entertained with toys.

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 4 month

Baby grows, grows and grows stronger, mother and baby get used to each other, the lactation mode is already established. Feeding remains exclusively breastfeeding, without the introduction of complementary foods. The baby starts noticeably less applied to the breast, adheres to the exact feeding regime.

5 month

At this age, babies breastfed remain 6-8 day and 2-3 night feedings. Some children have a period of interest in eating adults, it can reach for the mother’s plate and spoon, wondering what the parents eat. The kid is gaining weight and feels great.

6 month

Feeding remains breastfeeding, its amount remains, but the mode of feeding can change: the baby can suck more actively in the early morning or towards evening.

If the baby has an interest in adult food, then at this age it is possible to introduce pedagogical supplements. The proposed products continue to interest the baby and do not cause a negative reaction? After consulting with a pediatrician in advance, you can try the first vegetable supplements or acquaint your baby with cereals.

Mom forumchanka marlen_by says:“My son eats his chest very often at night, initially I thought about how to deal with it, but then I realized that this is a normal process and it does not bother me anymore. Two or three feeds per night is the norm. I plan to breastfeed for a long time, and during nighttime feeding oxytocin is activated, which "produces" milk. those. night feeding is a natural process for HBs in principle. If you stop feeding at night, HB will end faster or at least decrease very much, but I really would not want to. ”

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7 month

At this age, breastfeeding and a small amount of complementary foods begin to combine in the baby’s diet. The baby is just getting acquainted with new products, and it’s unlikely that a seven-month-old baby’s mother will be able to replace at least one feeding with a complete feed. The feeding schedule remains unchanged: 5-7 day and 2-4 night feeds.

Also remember that each baby is different, and if at 7 months your crumb is absolutely indifferent to the “adult” food, eating plenty of breast milk, then this is absolutely not a cause for concern.

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8 month

Your inquisitive pipsqueak is a moving little tot, busy exploring the surrounding world.He is already more independent, able to sit, trying to crawl, but at the same time he does not forget from time to time to attach himself to the maternal breast.

At 8 months, the baby is already actively trying other foods, it is either mixed feeding - the baby eats and complementary foods and breast milk, or sometimes the mother can already completely replace the supplements with 1-2 feedings.

Due to a change in nutrition, the breastfeeding regime also changes: the baby can eat 4-6 times during the day and 2-4 times at night. Mother's milk is necessary for the crumbs, it helps in the development of complementary foods, supplying the necessary enzymes.

9-10 month

At this age, the breastfeeding regime of the child does not change: it is possible to replace or supplement with other food 1-2 days of feeding. The baby eats 4-6 times during the day and 2-4 times at night. In the intervals between feeding the pussy with pleasure, a piece of an apple or drying in the mouth is mussed in the mouth, massaging the swollen gums.

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11-12 months

The diet of the “adult” food of the baby continues to expand, the baby in the mode appears 2-3 full reception of complementary foods, completely replacing breastfeeding.But many kids after eating a lure are finally applied to her mother's breast.

The number of full breastfeeding decreases, they become 3-4 per day, nightly feedings are stored in an amount of 2-3 times.

After year

One-year-old kids are already quite serious eaters: they tried vegetables, cereals and soups, meat foods, fruits. At this age, almost all breastfeeding is replaced by “adult” food, but breastfeeding still plays a big role in the life of the baby.

In the daytime, the baby is applied to the breast, as a rule, to calm and comfort: in the morning after waking up, before or after daytime sleep and at night. The active sucking period is between 4 and 8 in the morning. Full breastfeeding during the day can be 1-2 or the baby simply seizes the necessary portion of complementary food with breast milk.

Also, the chest can be used to calm the crumbs, if he fell, upset or unwell.

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You can often hear the opinion that breastfeeding a baby after a year, if almost all the main daily feedings have been replaced by adult food, it makes no sense, and the milk of the nursing mother is not the same, there are few useful substances needed by the baby.It should be noted that the results of WHO studies have shown thatas the baby matures, breast milk changes its compositionand adapts to the new needs of the growing organism. It contains the necessary proteins for the child, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, antibodies against viruses, substances that protect the baby from stress and diseases, unique polyunsaturated fatty acids, regulating the processes of the central nervous system, etc. Therefore, many mothers prefer to feed babies with breast milk up to 2-3 years of age. The choice is yours.

Breast-feeding- This is a wonderful natural process that allows the mother to raise the baby healthy and confident in maternal love, to build confidence in the world around.With age, the breastfeeding regime of a child will necessarily change, one has only to listen to his wishes and take into account the individual characteristics of the little man.

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  • Breastfeeding: age features

    Breastfeeding: age features

    Breastfeeding: age features

    Breastfeeding: age features

    Breastfeeding: age features

    Breastfeeding: age features

    Breastfeeding: age features

    Breastfeeding: age features

    Breastfeeding: age features

    Breastfeeding: age features

    Breastfeeding: age features

    Breastfeeding: age features

    Breastfeeding: age features

    Breastfeeding: age features

    Breastfeeding: age features

    Breastfeeding: age features

    Breastfeeding: age features

    Breastfeeding: age features

    Breastfeeding: age features

    Breastfeeding: age features

    Breastfeeding: age features

    Breastfeeding: age features

    Breastfeeding: age features

    Breastfeeding: age features

    Breastfeeding: age features

    Breastfeeding: age features

    Breastfeeding: age features

    Breastfeeding: age features

    Breastfeeding: age features

    Breastfeeding: age features

    Breastfeeding: age features

    Breastfeeding: age features

    Breastfeeding: age features

    Breastfeeding: age features

    Breastfeeding: age features

    Breastfeeding: age features

    Breastfeeding: age features

    Breastfeeding: age features

    Breastfeeding: age features

    Breastfeeding: age features

    Breastfeeding: age features

    Breastfeeding: age features

    Breastfeeding: age features

    Breastfeeding: age features

    Breastfeeding: age features

    Breastfeeding: age features

    Breastfeeding: age features

    Breastfeeding: age features