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Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
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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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Dr. Adam Levy
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Dr. Mark Diamond
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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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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Dr. Thad Woodard
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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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Dr. Pamela Lindor
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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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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Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
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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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Dr. Mark Diamond
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Dr. Stefania Lima
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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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Dr. Ronda Dennis-Smithart
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When will my baby be ready to feed herself?

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
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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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Dr. Evelyn Hurvitz
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Will my baby feed at different times once we switch to a bottle?

Will my baby feed at different times once we switch to a bottle?

Yes: Babies digest formula differently than breast milk. It takes longer for a babies' digestive system to digest formula. Your baby will probably feed less often once you switch to formula. ...Read more

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