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Feeding Your Baby

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Topic: Infant Health Care

This handout was written to answer some of the questions most often asked about feeding your baby.  Please feel free to ask your doctor or nurse practitioner to go over any information you do not understand.

FEEDINGS
At home, babies are usually either breast or bottle-fed.  The type of formula your baby drinks will be up to you and your baby’s doctor.  Refer to your baby’s doctor for any special needs for feeding your baby.

SHOULD I HOLD MY BABY DURING FEEDINGS?
Always hold your baby during feedings!  This is a good time to share your love.  Be sure to support your baby’s head.  If your baby is bottle-feeding, never prop his/her bottle.  Your baby might choke.

HOW OFTEN SHOULD I BURP MY BABY?
Burp your baby at least once during the feeding and again at the end.  Your baby may also need to burp if he starts pulling away from the breast or bottle or suddenly acts uncomfortable.

WHEN SHOULD I FEED MY BABY?
Feed your baby when he/she is hungry. Hungry babies “root” for a nipple, put hands to mouth, make sucking motions, noises and finally fuss and cry. Feed your baby when the first signs of hunger appear. Breast-fed babies usually eat eight to 14 times in 24 hours. Formula fed babies may eat less often but at least six times per 24 hours.

CAN I GIVE MY BABY WATER?
Breast milk contains all the water your baby needs in the first 4 to 6 months. Giving water to a breast-fed baby can interfere with hunger and milk supply. If your baby is bottle-feeding, ask your baby’s doctor about giving water. Do not give any water until you see your doctor for the first visit. He/she may suggest that you offer water once or twice a day between feedings especially in the summer. Be sure water does not take the place of regular feedings. Ask your baby’s doctor about feeding well water or sterilizing water, formula, bottles, etc.

WHEN CAN I START MY BABY ON JUICES OR SOLID FOOD?
Foods other than breast milk or formula should not be added to your baby’s diet until he/she is at least 4-6 months old.  Your baby’s doctor will tell you when to start juices and solid food.

PDF: Child Health Information - FEEDING YOUR BABY

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La informacion contenida en este material es unicamente informacion de tipo general. No debe considerarse como completa. Para obtener mas informacion acerca de los complementos para leche materna, por favor pidala a su doctor.
Corregido: 1994, 1998, 2000, 2004

The information contained in this handout is for general information only and should not be considered complete. For specific information about bathing your baby, please ask your doctor or nurse practitioner.

Additional information may be located in the Family Resource Center, 2nd floor, near the Outpatient Surgery Center. Hours of the center vary; please contact the Family Resource Center at 937-641-3700.

Copyright(c) The Children's Medical Center of Dayton. This material is for educational purposes only. It cannot be reproduced or distributed without permission from Dayton Children's.
Revised: 1994, 1998, 2000, 2004

 

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