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Your guide to feeding volumes

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Your guide to feeding volumes

For Formula-Fed Infants

Obesity Is On The Rise

We all want the best for our children, but with so much going on, getting the right nutritional balance can sometimes be a challenge. A chubby baby is often perceived as a healthy baby, when in fact the contrary is true. Early feeding can program their body for life, so it is important to establish healthy habits early before it becomes a bigger problem.

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How Much Is Too Much?

It is important when choosing an infant formula to review the feeding guide and nutritional content on the back of the product, as these can vary significantly across formula brands.

Volume
Breastfeeding provides ideal nutrition for babies and may help reduce the risk of obesity later in life. A breastfed baby rarely consumes more than 180mL of breast milk per feed at 5 months of age. For formula-fed infants, research shows that the volume of milk in an infant’s bottle may be a contributor to overfeeding.
Protein
High protein intake in infant formula may be a contributor to weight gain in infancy.

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Establish Healthy Habits Early

If your baby receives formula some signs that your baby may have had enough include:

  • Falling asleep
  • Pushing away
  • Closing lips tightly on the teat
  • Opening or relaxing arms along the side of the body
  • Arching back
  • More interested in surroundings
  • Opening hands, relaxing fingers.

Of course every baby is different, and growth spurts happen as well, so sometimes your baby may need more or less in a feed. You may also need to take other things into consideration when choosing an infant formula, such as special feeding needs.

Your healthcare professional can help you identify the most appropriate formula and feeding patterns for your child

Did You Know An Infant’s Stomach GROWS Over Time?

In early stages of a baby’s life they will consume small volumes of feeds more frequently. As they grow their stomach size increases.

Day One

A baby’s stomach is about the size of a cherry – 6mLs

cherry

Day Three

A baby’s stomach is about the size of a walnut – 25mLs

walnut

Day Ten

A baby’s stomach is about the size of a chicken egg – 71mLs

egg

Month Three

A baby’s stomach is about the size of a small lemon – 175mLs

lemon

Adult

An adult’s stomach is the size of a grapefruit – 900mLs

grapefruit

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