Are you a new parent with no clue about how much milk your 7-month-old baby needs? Well, have no fear because this article is here to provide all the answers. But be warned, we won't sugarcoat anything in parenting land.
What's the fuss about breastmilk?
Breastmilk is like liquid gold for babies as it contains vital nutrients such as protein, fat, and carbohydrates that help boost their overall growth and development. Additionally, breastfeeding can offer other perks like bonding opportunities between mom and baby.
So what's up with formula then?
Formula is often recommended to parents who are unable to nurse due to various reasons or prefer not to breastfeed their child at all. It contains similar nutrients found in breast milk and can be convenient for those who don't always have time or space to nurse.
### Step away from those solids!
It may be tempting at times, but hold off on introducing solid foods too early into your little one's diet. Babies should rely primarily on either breastmilk or formula for the first six months of life before gradually transitioning onto solid foods while still continuing with drinking milk until age 1.
Getting enough milk: How much is too much?
Babies' nutrition needs vary depending on age range so it might come as a surprise that there isn't necessarily an exact number of ounces when it comes down to having enough milk daily. On average though babies aged 6-12 months should consume around 24 oz -32 oz each day split among several feedings from morning till night.
### My baby doesn't want more than just a few sips! Is she/he not getting enough?
While some babies may drink larger quantities of milk than others especially during growth spurts, babies happen) once they start exploring new developmental milestones they may become less interested in drinking at feedings. If you're a bit too worried, check with your pediatrician to make sure everything is going all right!
We need MORE cowbell...well, not really
Cow's milk should be off-limits until age one and should only serve as an alternative option once introduced alongside solid foods. It does not contain enough essential nutrients to provide babies' daily intake requirements.
Time for solids!
At around 6 months of age, it's time to start introducing the world of foods outside of milk -s l o w l y- into our little ones' lifestyle but while we're in that transition phase remember breastmilk or formula still remain a vital part of their diet!
### Is there such thing as having too much?
While requiring regular feeding sessions, overfeeding on a consistent basis can lead to weight issues later down the line so paying attention to your baby's cues throughout each meal and its schedule will help parents stay on track.
### How often do I give her/him milk bottles?
Feed according to baby’s hunger cues by offering them multiple smaller portions throughout the day/evening instead of forcing larger feedings periods onto them which most likely won't sit well with new eaters - this way they feel fuller more regularly without needing any large quantities fast.
Offering Up Alternatives
For parents who experience lactose intolerances after experimenting separately from soy allergy alternatives like rice or nut-based drinks can offer some variety for those who want it!
Fluoride Alert: Tap Water Edition
Be aware that tap water contains trace amounts of fluoride (which strengthens tooth enamel) and usually safe for even newborn stomachs –– however check twice before giving bottled humidifiers filled up directly through taps because these appliances may concentrate minerals/contaminants including flouride!)
There you have it, folks! A quick guidebook providing some insight about just how much milk a seven-month-old needs - and the various alternatives that are okay to explore. Remember, parenting comes with its highs and lows but there's no need for anxiety if you're armed with all the knowledge out there!
Happy feeding & have fun introducing some new food groups soon to your lil' one!