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Newborn Feeding

 

newborn feeding

Newborns typically lose weight in the first 3 or 4 days of life. A “normal” weight loss is up to 10 percent of birthweight. Most babies reach their lowest weight on day 3 or 4.

Breast feeding is best and mothers who can should try to nurse their babies. It is not known how long a mother should nurse her baby, but the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends nursing for the first 12 months.

A common mistake is the infant latches on to the tip and not the whole pigmented areola. Babies should be fed every 2 to 3 hours. A new mothers breast milk usually “comes in” between day 3 to 5.

Formula fed infants should take 1 to 2 ounces every 2 to 3 hours. Children should be fed formula that is made with non-fluoridated water for the first 6 months of life.

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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 April 2010 by
Dr. Gordon, Orlando Pediatrician

 

 

 

 

 

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