What causes reduced consumption of breast milk in a 4.5 months old infant?
Do not worry
I understand your concerns but don't worry. The best way to monitor a babies growth is by regular charting of weight, length and head circumference on WHO growth charts. Weight gain differs as per the month of infancy. So, do not worry by just one reading. Your baby's weight is appropriate for his age.
I would recommend you to continue exclusive breastfeeding and om demand feeding till 6 months of age and start complementary feeds thereafter. This will be in the best interest of your baby's brain development, growth and immunity. Introduction of top feeds is not at all advisable.
Breast milk has foremilk ( thin milk rich in water content and sugars) and hind milk ( thick part rich in proteins and fats). Hind milk is essential to satisfy appetite and helps in proper weight gain. Ensure complete feeding from one breast before changing sides so that your baby gets complete nutrition. Also, ensure a healthy balanced diet for yourself and fluid intake before feeding.
Hopefully it will be of help.
No need for any medications
There is no need to worry if your baby is active, alert, feeding, passing urine atleast 6 times daily and gaining weight. Continue exclusive breastfeeding as suggested and avoid unnecessary medications. Only supplements required in this age group is vitamin D. So, you may give Vitanova D, sunsip or Arbovit drops which have Vitamin D daily.
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