With a little knowledge and observation, you will easily be able to identify when you have fed your child the appropriate amount of food.
Aug 6, 2016
While feeding your baby, understanding how much food he/she needs can be tricky. With a little knowledge and observation, you will easily be able to identify when you have fed your child the appropriate amount of food.
Too much? Slows down eating: The heart’s not in it? Your baby is probably satisfied. Do you get the impression that they have not had enough to eat? Don’t worry, they’ll eat more next time.
Too much? Gets distracted easily: Baby loses interest? They are probably satisfied. You should respect this, don’t force your baby to eat more.
Too much? Closes or covers mouth: Baby refuses to eat? Then they are more than likely satisfied. According to their level of activity, the amount your baby eats at each meal may vary from one day to another.
Too much? Turns her head away: Baby snubs you? They are probably satisfied. Don’t insist as food should remain a pleasure.
Too little? Leans toward the food or spoon: Baby has eyes bigger than their belly? Your baby may still be hungry. Give your baby a few extra teaspoons of fruit puree after the meal.
Too little? Reaches for the spoon or food: Baby wants to take charge? They may still be hungry. 2 or 3 teaspoons of fruit puree should be enough to satisfy your greedy gourmet!
Smiles and looks at you while feeding: Baby’s in seventh heaven? Your baby is probably still hungry. Try and gradually increase the number of spoons of fruit or vegetables at the next meals.
Breast milk is best for babies. The World Health Organisation (WHO) and Health Promotion Board (HPB) recommend exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life. Unnecessary introduction of bottle feeding or other food and drinks will have a negative impact on breastfeeding. At around six months of age (but not before 4 months), infants should receive nutritionally adequate and age-appropriate complementary foods while breastfeeding continues for up to two years of age or beyond. Consult your doctor before deciding to use infant formula or if you have difficulty breastfeeding.
Nestlé Singapore fully recognises breast milk’s primacy, value and superiority and supports exclusive breastfeeding as recommended by the WHO.
The content on this website is intended as general information for Singaporean residents only and should not be used as a substitute for medical care and advice from your healthcare practitioner. The HPB recommends that infants start on age-appropriate complementary foods at around 6 months, whilst continuing breastfeeding for up to 2 years or beyond to meet their evolving nutritional requirements. If no longer breastfeeding, toddlers can switch to full cream milk after 12 months. This should be complemented by a good variety of solid foods from the four main food groups (fruits, vegetables, grains, meat and alternatives). For more information on the nutritional requirements of infants and young children, please visit www.healthhub.sg/earlynutrition.
Nestlé Baby & me is here to share the latest evidence-based information to ensure you feel supported and confident that you’re giving your baby the best possible nutrition.