Feedings Essay

750 Words Nov 4th, 2013 3 Pages
Feedings

Breast Feeding * The first weeks of breastfeeding are a fascinating time of transition for you as well as your baby. During this time you will learn what it feels like to breastfeed correctly, how to recognize your baby’s hunger signals, and how to know when your let-down reflex or milk ejection has occurred * Your newborn should be nursing eight to 12 times per day for about the first month, because breast milk digests easier than formula, which means it moves through your baby's digestive system faster and, therefore, makes your baby hungry more often. * By 1 to 2 months of age, a breastfed baby will probably nurse seven to nine times a day * It is a good idea to let her nurse as long as she wants. Keep in
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Between two and four months of age (or when the baby weighs more than 12 pounds, most formula-fed babies no longer need a middle-of-the night feeding, because they’re consuming more during the day and their sleeping patterns have become more regular. * On average, your baby should take in about 2 1⁄2 ounces of formula a day for every pound of body weight. * Baby probably will regulate his intake from day to day to meet his own specific needs. So instead of going by fixed amounts, let him tell you when he’s had enough. If he becomes fidgety or easily distracted during a feeding, he’s probably finished. If he drains the bottle and still continues smacking his lips, he might still be hungry. * By six months, your baby will consume 6 to 8 ounces at each of four or five feedings in twenty-four hours * The most important thing to remember, whether you breastfeed or bottle-feed, is that your baby’s feeding needs are unique. No book can tell you precisely how much or how often he needs to be fed or exactly how you should handle him during feedings. You will discover these things for yourself as you and your baby get to know each other
Introducing Solid Food * Most babies are ready to eat solid foods at 4 to 6 months of age * Single-grain cereals are usually introduced first which you can add breast milk, formula, or water. * Many pediatricians will recommend

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