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Feeding / 2 week old

By 10 to 14 days old children should be back to their birthweight. After two weeks, the average infant should gain 0.5 to 1.0 ounces per day and grow about a inch per month. Once breastfeeding has been established, I recommend breastfed infants receive a bottle once a week. I don’t care if the bottle contains pumped breast milk or formula. Taking a bottle is a skill that most children will need.

Our fourth child was an excellent nurser and exclusively breast fed. When she was four months old, Maggie and I attempted to go on a date. We quickly learned via a phone call from our baby sitter that she would not take a bottle. After cutting our date short, I the “expert” also failed repeatedly to feed her a bottle. We never could teach her to take a bottle and this factor kept our rare dates around 2 to 3 hours until she was older.

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Increasing a Baby's Feedings

My son is one month old and I had a question about feeding.  I have been feeding him 3-3 1/2 oz so far (from pumping or the occasional formula supplement).  Should I continue that (... more on Increasing a baby's feedings)

Pacifying at the Breast

I am breast feeding my son. He is 6 weeks old. However, he seems to spend a lot of time on the breast and is just pacifying (incidentally, he doesn't take a pacifier).  Is this okay? How long should he spend (...more on 6 week old pacifying at the breast)

Breastfeeding while Sick

Should I stop breastfeeding my 11 day old if I have a stomach bug? This is an important time to continue nursing. Formula will never be able to replicated the immune protection provided by breast milk. (... more on breastfeeding while sick)

Written January 2011 by
Dr. Gordon, Orlando Pediatrician






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