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3 Month Old Baby: Diet Chart & Feeding Plan

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Your baby has reached the three-month milestone now; congratulations! Your newborn baby is out of the infant age zone, and their needs will change drastically. This includes their emotional and social needs and even their nutritional needs. At this milestone, they will be more active and playful, thus needing more energy and different nutrition.

Although the 3 month baby food will still be milk itself, the quantity, the schedule, and the feeding pattern would change. The war between breastmilk versus occasional formula feed might bother you, but remember the thumb rule of "Fed Is Best." If you are low on milk supply, try Diet For Breastfeeding Mothers to help your supply. This article will discuss the 3 month baby food needs, patterns and everything that comes with it! So, let's begin! 

▪ 3 Month Baby Nutritional Needs

Mother's breastmilk would sufficiently meet all the nutritional needs of your 3-month-old baby. Doctors advise starting solid foods for your baby only after they turn six months of age or are able to sit independently. (1) Your baby will go through a growth spurt at around 3 months; thus, the 3-month baby food would be more frequent and more in quantity. I just wanted to let you know that there is nothing to worry about. Let them feed on each breast for at least 20 minutes, and ensure you empty it before moving on to the other breast. This will naturally take care of your baby's nutritional needs at this age. 

As we have already established, a 3 month baby food is either breast milk or formula milk or a combination of the two. A three month old baby would ideally feed eight times in the span of 24 hours. Formula-fed babies would feed less frequently as they are fuller and heavier due to the formula and breast milk is lighter.  

▪ How Much To Feed A 3 Month Baby

As we have already established, a 3 month baby food is either breast milk or formula milk or a combination of the two. A three month old baby would ideally feed eight times in the span of 24 hours. Formula-fed babies would feed less frequently as they are fuller and heavier due to the formula and breast milk is lighter.  

Depending on what your baby consumes, the amount of feed will differ. Also, the amount varies from baby to baby. Thus, feel free if the amount of feed your baby consumes is higher or lower than what is mentioned here. The best parameter to judge whether or not your 3 month baby food is enough is to keep track of their weight. If they are gaining weight as per the WHO weight chart, there is nothing to worry about. However, here is the ideal food chart for a three month old baby:

 

Type of feed

Amount of feed

Frequency of feed

Bottle / Formula Fed Baby

6 to 7 ounces (170 – 210 ml) formula per feed

6 – 6 times a day

Breast Milk

At least 20 minutes of breastfeeding till your baby is full

6 – 8 times a day

 

 

 

▪ Feeding Goals For A 3 Month Old

The goal of any parent is to put their child on a feeding schedule, to have a fixed time of when the child would be fed. There is nothing wrong with doing this once your child is already three months old and has a stable weight gain. However, do not attempt to put your baby on a feeding schedule if they have any underlying health condition for which they are currently being treated without first consulting their paediatrician. 

Could you identify your baby's feeding patterns and put them on a feeding schedule accordingly? In the next section, let us discuss the schedule for 3-month baby food in detail. 

▪ Feeding Schedule For A 3 Month Baby

A three-month-old baby still sleeps at least a good eleven to twelve hours a day. Thus, if you plan to fix or start with a feeding schedule, it has to be in sync with their sleeping schedule

At three months, babies start to sleep almost 4 – 5 hours at a stretch. This means that the nighttime waking up for feed would be limited to 2 – 3 times at max, ideally to just 2 times. 

In the daytime, your baby would ideally take around 4 naps. Each nap would last approximately 30 – 40 minutes, and the rest of the time, your baby would be active and up. 

Could you schedule the feed timings according to their nap and sleep schedule? As a parent or caregiver, this will give you better scheduling of your day, and your baby will also start looking forward to the pattern and schedule. 

How much and when your baby feeds should always be driven and led by the child. Force-feeding or starving to achieve a number, a schedule or a target is not a habit that will set them up for good health growing up. Let your child decide; you identify a pattern and try to create a schedule around it. However, a few minutes of deviation in the schedule is completely fine. Happy parenting! 

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