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Do You Burp A Baby After Feeding Them Baby Food
My husband has been feeding her baby food directly out of a jar and saving the leftovers, and then feeding it to her the next day.How dangerous is it?
Not a good idea: It's best to take some of the baby food out of the jar and put it in a dish to feed her. That way the remainder will not get contaminated by the bacteria that are in her mouth. Those germs are not harmful in her own mouth, but when they sit in food for a while, they may cause growth of bacteria that will make her sick. ...Read more
TOO EARLY: It is recommended not to feed babies any solid foods until 4-6 months of age. The intestinal tract of an infant is not ready to digest anything but breast milk or infant formula until then. if you are breast feeding and the increased hunger is recent your child may be going through a growth spurt and attempting to have you produce more milk. ...Read more
I wait until sitting: Studies of various populations show that breast milk alone supplies balanced nutrition for the first year +. Most early solid feeding pressure comes from the days babies were fed home made blends of boiled cow milk/karo & vitamins.At the time early supplements made sense, now they are overdone.Starting should focus on training baby to sit up & eat in preparation for his/her position at the table. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What does it mean when i feed by baby baby food and he makes a tart or sour face with every baby food i feed him the foods are up to date and everythi?
Keep feeding...: As long as your baby is eating the food, the 'sour face' may not mean that he doesn't like it. Also consider the temperature of the food. ...Read more
Why keep score: Breast milk or formula will provide all the proper nutrition for the first year & there is no benefit in elaborate meal plans for baby.Solid feeds @ 6m are designed to introduce texture & begin training in another form of eating. An ounce or 2 in paste form made from dry cereal is fine.Adding a new food weekly & introducing some table foods over time will bridge the gap to table foods. ...Read more
Delay until 6mo: Solid foods were once used to make up for deficiencies in home made milk formula used in the 50's to 80's.A return to breast FDG & modern formulas changed the value of solids from nutrition, to a pathway to teach baby to eat & transition to table foods.Waiting until 6m allows baby to sit & participate in a feeding, much as the will when older.Start with a few tablespoons as a paste. ...Read more
How many ounces of Formula should an 8 month old be eating at every feeding? She refuses baby food's in the jar. Tried several time's over 2 month's
8 month diet: It is essential that you keep trying to add solids to her diet. try mashing up some solids or blending them if she wont eat jar foods. At 8 months she should not be drinking more than 24 ounces of milk a day and should be having other foods as well. Consult with your pediatrician about this. ...Read more
Husband has been feeding from jar of baby food & saving the rest and refeeding from jar (and not putting it in bowl). How dangerous is this?
Poor choices: It would certainly be better if he extracted a golf ball sized portion,placed it on a bowl and put the rest away. Spooning directly from the jar to baby and placing the spoon back in the jar will contaminate the jar and could lead to some bacterial overgrowth.However, if the jar remains refrigerated, it is unlikely to cause big problems. An avoidable case or two of diarrhea would be expected. ...Read more
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