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Newborn Information

Newborn Feedings

Breast feeding can be rewarding and worthwhile experience for mother, father, and infant.

We encourage it whenever possible.

Breast feeding per demand schedule is suggested. Newborns feed usually every 1 1/2 to 3 hours. Supplementary feedings of formulas are discouraged during the first 2 to 3 weeks while breast feeding is being established and may be recommended if needed. Supplementing with formula will be discussed at your baby’s examination visits.

If bottle feeding is chosen, it can be just as rewarding. We recommend any of the commercially available formulas with iron. Please ask the doctor or nurse which one would be best.

If there is a strong family history of allergies, a soy formula may be suggested by your doctor. Formula feeding is also offered on demand, usually 2 1/2 to 3 hours.

Make feeding time pleasant. Hold the baby comfortably yet securely. Feeding techniques, breast care, and formula preparation will be discussed in the hospital and at office visits.

Your baby’s diet of breast milk and infant formula during the first few months is a basic and health one. The American Academy of Pediatrics' Committee on Nutrition advises that supplemental foods not be introduced before 4 to 6 months. Offering foods earlier will not make a baby sleep through the night or give up lightly fussing, and it may cause an allergic reaction or digestive upsets.