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Infant nutrition

 

Breast milk is the ideal food for your infant. From 6 months of age, you can start with food diversification but milk remains the food of the utmost importance for your baby. Read here all the answers to your questions regarding the way to best feed your baby and how often.



How long should a feed be?  
The average time for a feed is 20 minutes. Even though it is know that babies drink 90% of their needed milk during the first 5 minutes, it is important to make the feed last longer. These moments are intense moments of happiness: he pauses, dreams…  He is happy and progresses tremendously: he discovers you, experiments new sensations and becomes aware of the world around him during these intense moments of complicity.

When should my baby be changed? Before of after feeding?   
Changing the nappy before feeding is wiser as lying him down after feeding may make him regurgitate.

Should I wake up my baby for a feed?  
It is important for a low-weight baby to drink every three hours during the day. Do not wake him up during the night unless your doctor specifically recommended you to do so. Babies of a normal weight will request feeding as soon as they are hungry so there is no need to keep an eye on the time although it is not advisable to leave a baby more than 5 hours without drinking.

Should I feed my baby on request?
It is recommended to breastfeed your baby on request until the beginning of food diversification (recommended from 6 months of age). From the 7th month, your baby should drink 250ml of breast milk or infant formula twice a day.


How much milk should my baby drink per day?
It is recommended to give your baby 250ml of breast milk or infant formula twice a day from the age of 6 months. After one year of age, do not give more than 800ml infant milk per day.

What should I do if my baby does not drink all his bottles or is not hungry?
Your baby eats according to his needs depending on the day or even the time of the day. It is very important to consider his appetite. If he does not eat a whole bottle once, he might request more another time… As long as his growth curve is normal and he has eaten enough after his bottle, there is nothing to worry about.


What should I do if my baby is still hungry after a bottle?
As long as his growth curve is normal and his diet well balanced (from the food diversification stage), there is no reason to limit your baby. Fruit and vegetable portions can be increased and he can drink up to 800 ml growing-up milk from the age of 1 year (but no more). Bare in mind that this situation may reflect another need: listening, cuddling, affection, need for time with you…

How old should my baby be to start drinking follow-on milk?
Your baby can start drinking Nactalia follow-on milk from the age of 6 months i.e. when beginning with food diversification (and until 12 months old)

How old should my baby be to start drinking growing-up milk?
Your baby can start drinking growing-up milk from the age of 12 months (and until 3 years old). Cow’s milk does not meet all your baby’s nutritional needs at this age.

When can I stop giving formula milk to my baby?
Not before 3 years of age when using infant milk, follow-on milk and then growing-up milk.

Why should I not give my baby cow’s milk before 3 years of age?
Breast milk is the ideal food for your baby. If you are unable or do not wish to breastfeed, a healthcare professional will advise you on the choice of a milk meeting your baby’s specific nutritional needs. Cow’s milk is unsuitable until 3 years of age as it does not provide your baby with the essential nutrients for a healthy growth and development. It does not contain enough iron (for the immune system), nor the essential fatty-acids (for the brain development) and provides too many proteins and sodium to meet the baby’s needs.