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What Should I Know About Formula Feeding
Breast Feeding Perks: For baby: improved immunity, superior brain&eye development, fewer allergies& GI problems, enhanced cognitive functioning, reduced risk of obesity/all obesity related diseases, etc. etc. etc. etc. For mother: lose weight faster, saves time, money and environmental resources, bonds more readily, reduces risk of breast/ ovarian cancer&multiple systemic diseases. Risk is low weight gain in infant. ...Read more
Cow milk formula: The nutritional value of formulas in america are standardized, so they have similar amounts of calories, protein, carbohydrates, and fat. There are, however, different sources for the ingredients. For example, some formulas use cow milk protein, while others use soy protein. The type of sugars and fats in the formula may be different also. Infant formulas generally have 20 calories per ounce. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Yes: Yes, it is perfectly fine to switch from ready-to-feed to powdered formula since they have the same nutrition. I do have some patients who prefer one more than the other or have problems with spitting up more with one than the other. If you look at the two, you will also see that they look different with the ready feed (enfamil lipil at least) looking darker and thicker than the powder. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
Feeding: Babies are growing rapidly and usually double their birthweight by 4-6 months old. How much they need is based on age, birth to 6 weeks is 2-4 oz every 3 hours while a 4 month old may take 6 oz every 4 hours. Ask to see the growth chart when you go for well baby visits and this will let you see if your baby is on track or gaining too fast. ...Read more
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