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What are the best times to feed by baby?

What are the best times to feed by baby?

What a coincidence!: This question was one from an encyclopedia by aboul al-faraj, a 12th century syrian physician. His answer was: "those who lack food should eat when they get it; those who have food should eat when they are hungry." babies tell you they are hungry by becoming very alert and turning their heads to the side of the cheek you stroke gently. Rarely, poor weight gain prompts scheduled feedings. ...Read more

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My 9 wk wants to eat 4 oz every 2 hours he is 13 lb am.I over feeding?

My 9 wk wants to eat 4 oz every 2 hours he is 13 lb am.I over feeding?

Probably: If you can soothe your baby in any other way other than feeding, then he is not truly hungry. This includes walking, rocking, shushing, swaddling or sucking without feeding. ...Read more

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Should I wake my baby up to feed?

Should I wake my baby up to feed?

No: Infants have variable feeding patterns/timing and if they are gaining weight appropriately they can be allowed to feed on their pattern, unless it is too frequent. In general an average of every 3-4 hours is typical. In addition waking a baby to eat is easy but keeping them awake when they want to sleep is more difficult. ...Read more

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What should I know about formula feeding?

What should I know about formula feeding?

Bottle feeding: This is a huge topic: here's a good place to start: http://www.Healthychildren.Org/english/ages-stages/baby/feeding-nutrition/pages/amount-and-schedule-of-formula-feedings.Aspx. ...Read more

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For how long should my baby feed in one sitting?

For how long should my baby feed in one sitting?

It varies...: ...Although most babies get all their milk in 5-10 minutes and nurse the rest of the time for entertainment and comfort. ...Read more

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When will my baby be ready to feed herself?

When will my baby be ready to feed herself?

The evolution of : Grasp dictates what foods a baby can self-feed, like crackers ~5 mos & cheerios ~ 8 mos. Promote finger-feeding of cubes of soft, cooked foods that won't cause choking ~12 mos. By allowing self-feeding first, then feeding the rest of the meal. If you help with dipping, a 14-mo.-old can get spoonfuls of food to his/her mouth, spoon-feed with spills by 15 mos. & spoon-feed a whole meal by 20 mos. ...Read more

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Should I hold my baby upright or lying down when I am feeding her a bottle?

Should I hold my baby upright or lying down when I am feeding her a bottle?

Yes: Upright, and never prop the bottle. Feeding your baby sitting up helps prevent ear infections and reflux episodes. ...Read more

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Which items will I need to conduct feedings?

Which items will I need to conduct feedings?

A breast and a baby: Easiest answer is a breast and a baby. As simple as feedings have been for thousands of years. Other than that, there are additional items you may need for breastfeeding... Breast pump, breastfeeding clothing and bras, nipple shields, pads, storage materials, bottles, cleaning materials, etc. ...Read more

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When should I do feedings?

When should I do feedings?

When baby is hungry!: Babies who are otherwise healthy are pretty good self-regulators; they'll let you know when they need to eat and when they are full. Most babies will feed every 2 to 3 hours or so, but this is quite variable - and it changes over time. Some newborns seem to do well feeding every 4 to 5 hours and some seem to need fed every 1 to 2 hours. Discuss your routine with your pediatrician. ...Read more

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