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Breast milk is the ideal food for babies, and breastfeeding offers many benefits to both mother and baby. It helps mother and baby form a special bond, and also helps the baby build immuity to resist colds, allergies and other illnesses.
In New Zealand, most mothers prefer breastfeeding. They treat it as the healthiest and natural way for the development of their babies.
If you think you may not be able to breastfeed - for any reason - you should consult a health professional or breast milk specialist. They can answer your questions and help you come up with solutions. Your family and friends are also an sources of support.
From birth to 1 month of age, your baby is nearsighted; only able to detect objects between 8-12 inches from their faces; then they begin to develop some abilities like starting and stopping sucking. They also usually wake up and fall asleep easily.
At about 3 to 4 months of age, your baby will drool more and put their hands in their mouth.
At 4 to 6 months of age, your baby will bring objects to their mouth. They will also begins to eat solid food, such as iron-fortified infant cereal and pureed or strained fruits and vegetables.
At this time, you may ask questions like how do I know if I am feeding my baby enough breast milk? There are some acts shown when babies are hungry. They will suck then put their hands in their mouths. Sometimes they are opening and closing their mouth, or looking for the nipple. Your baby will be gaining weight. They should gain 5 to 7 ounces per week and should double their birth weight by 4 to 6 months of age.
Then I guess you may be confused by such questions like how do I avoid feeding my baby too much?
First of all, you should learn how your baby shows they is hungry, and feed their when they are hungry.
And you can feed your baby slowly and do not add cereal to the bottle——this may cause your baby to eat more than they needs. Then the most important is: feed your baby until they is full. It takes about 20 minutes for your baby to feel full. Do not force them to finish a bottle or other foods.