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How Much Milk Should I Feed My Baby
Basic rule : I find if you offer half as many ounces as the kid weighs in pounds you have a good starting point. If s/he leaves some behind your feed is right. If s/he empties every bottle you can add an ounce at a time until the begin to leave some behind.I don't like going over 8 oz at any feed & will cut back if they start to spit a lot. ...Read more
Let the Baby Decide: There are many variables. The aap recommends no solids until 4-6 months of age.Starting 1 food at a time for 3-4 days to observe possible negative reactions is traditional.Cereal is first, followed by other solids in no specific order.As for quantity, when you have to urge the baby to eat, they are usually done.Remember, there is little evidence as to what is actually the " right" way! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
2-3 oz every 2-3 hrs: A 2 week old infant needs to be drinking breast milk or properly mixed formula only. Cow or other milk types are not recamended. However, if your baby is drinking this much milk and not gaining weight then something else may be wrong. Please consult with your pediatrician reguarding weight gain and feeding. ...Read more
Enough: Most babies will self regulate. They know when they are hungry and when they are satisfied. Establish a feeding routine after the newborn period and take cues from the baby. Confirmation of adequate intake will come at the check ups when the baby is weighed and measured. As far as overfeeding, two problems occur; one is sticking a bottle in the baby's mouth whenever he cries and feeding junk. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Set a good pattern: One of the best ways to establish an efficient breasting pattern is to do it first. As you get baby up from a nap, start baby at the breast and let him/her use their energy to to their job first. Diaper changes and other maintainance can wait and don't require their assistance. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
< 24 ounces: Children should drink less than 24 ounces of cow's milk a day. Drinking more may lead to iron deficiency anemia and decrease solid food intake. Children over the age of 1 should be using milk as a drink, not a meal and should be starting to get the majority of their calories from a wide variety of solid foods, not just milk. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I breastfeed and bottle feed but yesterday I smoked, how will it effect my baby if I were to breast feed her?
SLight symptoms: She may be a bit jittery and may spit up a bit more, making her a bit more fussy from the nicotine exposure. That being said, breast is still the best food source for your child. Please try to decrease or stop smoking while nursing. Thanks for trying to feed your baby the best way. ...Read more
Tilt the bottle: Tilt the bottle up so that formula fills the nipple. You want to be sure that your baby swallows as little air as possible. You want the formula to come out at a good rate. You can check by turning the bottle upside down and shaking it. It's coming out at a good speed if there is a little spray and then a few drops. Burp your baby midway through the bottle. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
1-8 fl oz: Most babies know better than we do what their bodies need to grow. As long as you burp her frequently during the feeding, she will eat the right amount. Don't get hung up on averages published in books/websites. I have seen growing newborns who only wanted 1 1/2 ounces and others who needed 8. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Im having a hard time bottle feeding my breastfed baby. What should I do to make her drink from the bottle?
Have someone else : Offer the bottle.If she can smell you, she doesn't want the back up plan. Have your spouse or a friend offer the bottle when she is hungry & leave the area. After she figures out the idea you may get her to cooperate with you later. ...Read more
What you have: The more you pump the better your breasts will feel afterwards. Also it will stimulate your body to continue to make more milk as your baby grows older and needs more to eat. Pump until your breasts feel soft and there are no hard areas. Using a double electric pump this often only takes about 15 minutes. Manual pumps will take longer. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
3 weeks old baby how much formula milk should I feed her? And she has a reflux giving her too much at once is okay? Or I should feed her small amounts
Feeding: Feed smaller amounts frequently but generally 3-4 oz every 4 hours is about what she needs. A more exact amount could be based on her weight. All the best. ...Read more
Wide range of normal: There is a wide range of normal feeding times, but babies at this age should certainly go no longer than 4 hours between feedings. Most feed every 2-3 hours. The key is that your baby is having 4-6 wet diapers per day which suggests that they are well hydrated. I would discuss with your pediatrician. ...Read more
Varies: The average infant will consume 1/2 his/her weight (lb) as ounces per feed. (8lb=4oz,10lb=5oz) and feed 6-8 times per day. Most 1 mo will be at between 20-24 oz total, but there is wide variation based on actual size. The 8 lb one month old consumes less than a 12 lb 1mo. ...Read more
Usually easy: Formula is usually very satisfying to an infant and the delivery system produces more volume than the breast for a given period of time. It is usually an easy transition and difficult to reverse. Breast feeding is satisfying in number of other ways including bonding with the mom and providing warmth and security. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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