Young mothers are somewhat anxious about feeding their newborns, as their babies cannot speak and they do not know how much milk to give their babies. Moreover, newborns who are delicate and weak are afraid of accidentally injuring them, and their feeding can also be quite meticulous. So, during the process of feeding newborns, mothers have many doubts. Now let me answer common questions about feeding newborns!
Question 1: Why are babies who eat breast milk more likely to be hungry?
Reason: The emptying time of the stomach varies depending on the type of food, for example, the emptying time of water is 1-1.5 hours, breast milk is 2-3 hours, and milk is 3-4 hours. Moreover, the various nutrients contained in breast milk are most easily digested and absorbed, so breastfed babies starve faster.
Countermeasure: Breastfed babies should have shorter feeding intervals than formula fed babies.
Doubt 2: Why isn’t the thicker the formula, the better?
Reason: After food is absorbed in the intestines, most of the metabolic waste needs to be excreted through the kidneys. However, the development and function of the kidneys in infancy and young children are not yet mature, and their ability to regulate nutrient metabolism is limited. If the osmotic pressure of food and the solute load of kidney are too high, it will cause vomiting, diarrhea, dehydration and other manifestations.
Countermeasure: When preparing formula milk for babies, it should be strictly prepared according to the instructions. It should not be too concentrated to increase nutrition, as the higher the concentration, the less water content, and the higher the solute load on the kidneys, making the burden on the kidneys heavier. In addition, fresh milk, due to its high protein and mineral content, can increase the solute load on the kidneys. Generally, babies under the age of 2 should not consume it.