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Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Board Certified, Pediatrics
30 years in practice
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What are the best times to feed by baby?

Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Board Certified, Pediatrics
30 years in practice
6M people helped
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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Dr. Adam Smith
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Dr. Thad Woodard
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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Should I wake my baby up to feed?

Dr. Thad Woodard
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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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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Dr. Adam Smith
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Dr. Mark Diamond
Board Certified, Pediatrics
41 years in practice
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My 9 wk wants to eat 4 oz every 2 hours he is 13 lb am.I over feeding?

Dr. Mark Diamond
Board Certified, Pediatrics
41 years in practice
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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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Dr. Pamela Lindor
Board Certified, Pediatrics
27 years in practice
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What should I know about formula feeding?

Dr. Pamela Lindor
Board Certified, Pediatrics
27 years in practice
500K people helped
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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Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Board Certified, Pediatrics
30 years in practice
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For how long should my baby feed in one sitting?

Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Board Certified, Pediatrics
30 years in practice
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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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Dr. Mark Diamond
Board Certified, Pediatrics
41 years in practice
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My 6mnth baby has had temp ranging from 37.9 to 39.1°c over last few days very unsettled and not feeding as she normally does, advice please.Thanks?

Dr. Mark Diamond
Board Certified, Pediatrics
41 years in practice
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My 6mnth baby has had temp ranging from 37.9 to 39.1°c over last few days very unsettled and not feeding as she normally does, advice please.Thanks?

See doctor: Elevation of this type usually comes from an infection.After 3-4 days and no better, see the doctor. ...Read more

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Dr. Stefania Lima
Board Certified, Pediatrics
4 years in practice
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Should I hold my baby upright or lying down when I am feeding her a bottle?

Dr. Stefania Lima
Board Certified, Pediatrics
4 years in practice
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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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Dr. Douglas Tzanetos
Board Certified, Allergy and Immunology
14 years in practice
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Should I avoid feeding my child foods that often cause allergic reactions?

Dr. Douglas Tzanetos
Board Certified, Allergy and Immunology
14 years in practice
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Should I avoid feeding my child foods that often cause allergic reactions?

No: I would not advise avoiding particular foods, because the vast majority of people tolerate all such foods including peanut, milk, egg, soy, wheat, and fish. I would introduce these foods at an age appropriate time as advised by your pediatrician. Delaying introduction will not lessen the chance of developing allergy. I would, of course, still delay solids until at least 4 months of age. ...Read more

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Dr. Ronda Dennis-Smithart
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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When will my baby be ready to feed herself?

Dr. Ronda Dennis-Smithart
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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When will my baby be ready to feed herself?

9 months: When baby begins to reach and hold things, he also puts them into his mouth. He may start finger feeding by 9 mo, using utensils by 12-15 months. The majority of feeding, however, will still be from you, as he will lack the coordination to load the spoon and get the contents to his mouth without spilling. That will occur about 2 years of age. Just because they can use utensils, doesn't mean will. ...Read more

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Dr. Marcus Degraw
Board Certified, Pediatrics
17 years in practice
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Which items will I need to conduct feedings?

Dr. Marcus Degraw
Board Certified, Pediatrics
17 years in practice
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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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