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FEEDING PATTERNS - Dr. L. Nagpal


Whether you decide to nourish your baby at bottle or breast, you will soon realize that feeding time is not just a time for giving your baby sustenance. It is a time for getting to know and love each other.

a.

The infants feeding demands will continue to vary from day to day. By 10 weeks of age some babies are feeding only 4-5 times a day (breast or bottle) while others require more feeding times. This is normal. The interval between successive feedings should be at least 3-4 hours during the day, with lengthened intervals at night.

b.

The introduction of solid foods depends on the preference of the child pediatrician.

c.

Most pediatricians start solid food any time between the ages of 4 or 5 months. If your baby sits well when supported, holds his head up and seems hungry, it may be time to begin cereal. One can begin with infant rice. As the baby gets the hang of it, increase the thickness and amount of cereal.

d. Remember to give vitamins if prescribed by the doctor.
e.

Ensure that the infant is gaining weight. In case, you are having any problems regarding breast or bottle feeding discuss it with the doctor.

f.

Remember that "spitting up" is common. It is a "nuisance" rather than a problem.

g. Never use a micro wave to heat the formula.
h.

It is quite common at this stage that the baby begins to drool. It does not necessarily indicate early teething. It is probably due to a lot of saliva that the baby has not yet learned to swallow.

 

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