It takes time to learn the signals, but we’re here to help.
Babies can differ in when and how much they eat, so it is important to learn feeding cues so they receive the right amount of nutrition to sustain their health and development.
Feeding your baby too much can cause spit-up, so be mindful of the following points as you begin feeding baby formula.
Your baby's eating rhythm
- Follow your baby’s lead.
- Feed when he naturally wants to eat.
- Pay careful attention to hunger cues — rooting for milk, sucking motions, or putting hands to mouth.
- Crying is a late sign of hunger, and might be a signal for something else.
Measuring amounts of formula
Preparing baby formula requires you to closely follow the instructions for how much formula to prepare to ensure your baby gets the right nutrition. If you measure correctly and track feedings, you can easily monitor your baby’s weight gain.
Count the wet diapers
A general guide for whether your baby is getting enough is six to eight wet diapers and one or two passed stools per day. Contact your healthcare provider if you notice a major change in your baby's eating habits and/or digestion.
Your baby's weight gain
You should notice your baby gaining a small amount of weight each week. But because babies gain weight and develop at different rates, consult your baby’s doctor to determine what is healthy.