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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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When can babies move to fformula as 3 week grandaughter is hungry baby and wakes regularly for feeds?

When can babies move to fformula as 3 week grandaughter is hungry baby and wakes regularly for feeds?

See below: There is no difference in the calories provided by formula and breast milk. 3 week old babies should be feeding around every 3 hours. And they should be waking at night for feeding. There is no reason to switch to formula. ...Read more

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At night times my 12 weeks old infant will not wake up to breast feed, 5 hours gap ll b there for last breastfeed. Any problem to baby's nutition?

At night times my 12 weeks old infant will not wake up to breast feed, 5 hours gap ll b there for last breastfeed.  Any problem to baby's nutition?

Not if baby is fine: We (doctors, moms, dads, neighbors, etc.) all want babies to sleep through the night by the time they are 3 months old. Parents with babies who sleep through the night are lucky parents. As long as a baby is growing fine on his measurements at the check-ups, and is healthy, parents don't need to wake up a sleeping baby at night. ...Read more

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Is it normal to an infant to squirm while feeding?

Is it normal to an infant to squirm while feeding?

Common finding: They do what they do.Some are lazy relaxed feeders and some are aggressive barracudas.Some are bored with the process and want to do something else. You just work through it. ...Read more

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Are there any risks to drinking from a babies feeding bottle?

Are there any risks to drinking from a babies feeding bottle?

Hygiene: Yes.There is the risk that bacteria or virus from your mouth could be transferred to the baby, and make the baby sick. ...Read more

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Y feed babies solids at 6 months if they are fine starting at 4? And used to feed at 4 for centuries

Y feed babies solids at 6 months if they are fine starting at 4? And used to feed at 4 for centuries

New data: We have the advantage of living in a modern age of information; we now know that babies do just as well - in fact, better - if feeding of solid foods is delayed until 6 months. Only breast milk should be given during the first six months. ...Read more

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Are bottle fed babies just as healthy?

Are bottle fed babies just as healthy?

Unfortunately NO: Breastmilk is nature's perfect food for babies; formula is not nearly as good. Breastfed babies have better immune function (less infections), less chance of dying in their first year, lower risk of allergies, Type 1 diabetes and obesity and better cognitive development. Moms who breast feed lose more weight, have less depression & breast cancer! PLEASE BREASTFEED! See http://tinyurl.com/o85tl7j ...Read more

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Why is it important to sit comfortably when feeding my infant?

Why is it important to sit comfortably when feeding my infant?

See below: Feeding your baby in an awkward position will only compound the aches and pains most new mothers feel. Since you will spend, perhaps the most time with this endeavor-be comfortable! ...Read more

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What are the best foods to feed babies who are just starting out?

What are the best foods to feed babies who are just starting out?

Foods: I recommend starting with different cereals at first, maybe the 1st 2wks. Then i go to orange veggies and some basic fruits. ...Read more

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Is there a best time of day to feed an infant? Or is just important to establish a routine?

Is there a best time of day to feed an infant? Or is just important to establish a routine?

Timing: I encourage parents to feed their infants every 3-4 days during the day. Breastfeeding will have a different pattern at times as infants will cycle through high demand days. Don't fall for the "you're not satisfying him" remarks. I like routines if parent is trying to return to work soon. http://kidshealth.org/parent/growth/feeding/feednewborn.html# ...Read more

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I've heard of the"45minute intruder" with babies.. Why do they have the urge to wake up after 45 minutes?..

I've heard of the"45minute intruder" with babies.. Why do they have the urge to wake up after 45 minutes?..

Parent as intruder: It could be that they may be hungry many times a parent may mistakenly that the child is ready to get up from his nap and will pick him up prematurely.The average nap time for babies is usually 1-2hours. ...Read more

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Do exclusively nursed babies weigh less than formula fed babies?

Do exclusively nursed babies weigh less than formula fed babies?

No and Yes: They weigh more early in the first six months of life, then typically less by a year of life. More importantly, they then weigh less for the rest of their life. Breastfed babies have lower obesity rates for life, that is. ...Read more

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At what age ahould I feed my infant cereal?

At what age ahould I feed my infant cereal?

4-6: 4-6 months. Consult with your doctor first every infant is so precious an unique. ...Read more

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Can babies go off feeds after immunizations?

Can babies go off feeds after immunizations?

Occasionally: Rarely they may be out sorts for a day or so, but not serriously. Tylenol (acetaminophen) in this case may help. ...Read more

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Should you give prebiotics and probiotics to formul- fed babies?

Should you give prebiotics and probiotics to formul- fed babies?

Can be used: While the jury is out in all areas of prebiotics and probiotics in infants, there have been some positive studies looking at diarrhea. It as also been found helpful for preemies in necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC). The only concern is using them in infants that may have immune problems or seriously ill with indwelling catheters. So, while not absolutely necessary, it will not hurt. ...Read more

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Are more male babies than female babies breast fed?

Are more male babies than female babies breast fed?

Equal: Breast feeding is determined by the mother not the gender of the child.The process is equally distributed throughout the us. ...Read more

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What effects has THC on breast feeding babies if mother consumes?

What effects has THC on breast feeding babies if mother consumes?

THC: Thc can impair a mother's judgment and child care abilities. There is concern that marijuana may have effect on neurotransmitters and nervous system development of the infant. For a more complete answer please refer to lactmed- from the us national institutes of health. http://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov/cgi-bin/sis/search/f?./temp/~sgjkqy:1. ...Read more

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When are you able to feed baby food to babies?

When are you able to feed baby food to babies?

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

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What age do you start feeding babies baby food?

What age do you start feeding babies baby food?

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 more

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