Ask your CL how she knows baby is hungry. Is she trying to convince you to switch to fm? Some CL will ask you to switch to fm because it makes their jobs easier as fm is harder to digest and stays in the stomach longer.
Bbs cry for many reasons, not always because they are hungry. You need to latch your baby on demand, that is, whenever he's hungry. Some early signs of hunger: rooting, sticking their tongues out, putting their fists to their mouths.
You judge whether baby has had enough by the amt of milk he drinks, not the no of times he drinks. For breastfed baby and fm baby, these are the signs that baby has had enough:
For fm bbs or bbs fed ebm, you can calculate the amt of milk. I use this formula:
- baby pees at least 5 times a day
- baby's pee is light coloured
- baby's fontanelles, the soft spot on his head, is not very sunken in
- baby is putting on weight
- baby's skin is like fresh fish, firm and not too dry. If you press, the flesh should bounce back.
baby's weight in kg x 20 ml for amount to be drunk every 3 hours (lower limit)
baby's weight in kg x 30 ml for amount to be drunk every 3 hours (upper limit)
e.g. for a 3kg baby,
lower limit- 3 x 20ml= 60ml
upper limit- 3 x 30m= 90ml
baby's intake is fine as long as it's roughly btw 60ml to 90ml. I got the formulas from doris fok, a certified lact consultant, and from the super baby food book by ruth yaron. Diymummy has another formula which gives roughly the same amount.