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Bottle Feeding Newborn Baby
My newborn(13 days old) is always hungry, would it be ok to start bottle feeding and keep breastfeed?
Be patient : Newborns are wired to suckle 24/7 as a reflex. Try not to confuse the reflex with hunger. If baby has just eaten, the stomach is not sending that message, but baby may accept a feed for comfort if offered. Breast fed stomachs can empty every 2 hours, formula taked longer. Newborns grow fast and eat often. If baby is wetting every 4-6 hrs s/he doesn't need supplements. ...Read more
Babies that are on a bottle feeding aren't stronger? Aren't healthier? Im bottle feeding should I be worry or feel guilty?
Relative issue: Breast fed infants, even if breast fed for a few weeks, seem to have better life outcomes than those started on the bottle initially.There are also living immune factors that breast milk has that reduce some of babies illnesses.That said, there has been tremendous improvements in formulas in the past 3 decades and babies thrive. I think mom's have to do whatever it takes and not accept guilt for it. ...Read more
Bottle feeding: Breastfeeding is best for your baby but if you cannot breastfeed, bottle feeding with an infant formula is acceptable. It can be harmful if the bottle is propped up to feed (choking/aspiration), if the milk is old or if the baby is falling asleep with the bottle in their mouth (cavaties). There are other reasons the bottle may or may not be safe but these are the main ones. ...Read more
How many oz milk can we give to 1 yr boy at night bed time n tips how to encourage baby to leave bottle feeding?
No milk at bedtime: A full tummy at bed time does not make kids sleep better and if anything teaches them to want to eat again before going back to sleep if they wake. If they are bottle huggers, and use it for comfort, put only water in it from now on. You will quit eroding his teeth and might avoid a set of caps.As he tires of the boring water, he will toss it in favor of the good stuff in the cup. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Smacking lips: Usually this is just a result of the baby generating suction around the bottle nipple, then suddenly lietting it go. Sometimes it can just be the baby playing with the nipple. Nothing to be concerned about. ...Read more
Depends on the child: Some kids need more nurturing than others and will seek out the cuddle time at the breast well into the 2nd yr. If your infant needs cuddle time, do as long as desired. When kids start to walk, they may loose interest in cuddle time. When you have to chase them down to bf its time to quit. Bottles are easy, when baby will take well from a hard spout sippy cup start the wean. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Various opinions: Some believe nipple confusion is the main problem switching back and forth in feeding method. Babies have to put a little more work into getting the milk to drop down from the breast vs suckling a bottle. I have lots of parents who use both methods and rarely have I seen true nipple confusion. http://www.webmd.com/parenting/baby/your-babys-feeding-breast-vs-bottle ...Read more
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