It is much easier to regulate the appetites of the artificials: the amount of the mixture is reduced in proportion to the volume of complementary foods, and the mother can accurately calculate the portion eaten. If the baby is breastfed, to understand how much milk he sucked out of the breast is really difficult. But you should not worry about the fact that he offended himself: babies are perfectly able to quench the feeling of hunger.
It is much more important to make sure that the baby does not overeat. During the first year of life in our body is set the number of fat cells. The more they are formed during this period, the more difficult it will be for a person to control his weight in the future.
If those extra pounds appear in a re-bank for up to a year, he risks carrying this problem through the rest of his life.
It is important for nursing moms to know that during the period of complementary feeding, babies hardly gain weight. If the first 3-4 months children recover an average of 600−800 g (monthly), then at the 4−5th month of life, the increase is only 100−200 g. Do not think that the little ones suffer from hunger, and do not need to overfeed their good intentions.
Such indicators correspond to the norm, and they are connected with the fact that the calorie content of breast milk falls every day. To feed the child with energy, as well as with vitamins and minerals, foods are intended to be just foods.
If everything goes according to plan, very soon the little one will take its toll.
Objective data provide only home scales, although the fact that the baby has eaten, may indicate “mechanical” regurgitation 2−5 minutes after the meal. By the time of introduction of complementary foods, the baby learns to roll over on the tummy.
The overflowing stomach in this position is compressed, and part of the liquid comes out.
Pediatricians painted the weight of babies by months and grams, but blindly relying on book standards is not worth it.
Each child’s need for the volume of food is strictly individual, in the textbooks, however, the averaged standards are given. If a baby eats up to a third more or less than the prescribed volume, but at the same time he is alert, cheerful, active, eats according to the regimen and regularly goes to the toilet, most likely it should be so.
However, if the appetites of the baby are very different from the standard, the opinion of the pediatrician will be required. Only a doctor can determine what it is: an individual need or an alarm bell.