Feeding Your Little One
Feeding your baby is an incredible bonding experience, but it can also be stressful, disheartening, exciting, and downright emotional. Whether or not you’re breastfeeding, knowing how and when to feed your baby is the key to setting them up for success.
How often should I feed my baby?
You should feed your baby when he seems hungry. Most newborns can eat every 2-3 hours, but as their stomachs grow, they can eat less frequently. If you are concerned about your baby’s weight gain, call Dr. Moemeka at (972) 325-2005.
If you have questions about your baby’s weight or feeding schedule, talk to Dr. Moemeka, your trusted Coppell pediatrician.
What do I feed my baby?
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends exclusive breast feeding for the first 6 months. Dr Moemeka encourages breastfeeding for the 2 years of life.
Sometimes breastfeeding is not possible for a family. At those times, you can speak with Dr. Moemeka about formula choices.
No matter how long you choose to breast- or formula-feed your baby, you should not stop feeding breastmilk or formula until after one year of age, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.
What if I’m struggling with breastfeeding?
Some women have trouble breastfeeding, and not all women can do it. This is okay. If you are having trouble breastfeeding, don’t get too discouraged. You have many options available to you that are good for your baby’s health and yours.
Formula is a great option for many women who are struggling with or can’t breastfeed. Talk to Dr. Moemeka about your feeding options to ensure that your baby has the best possible start in life.
When can I feed my baby solid foods?
At around 4-6 months, you can start supplementing breastmilk or formula with some solid foods. However, you should not stop feeding your baby breastmilk or formula until at least 1 year. Once your baby can hold his head up on his own, you can start introducing foods like pureed fruits and veggies to complement a breastmilk or formula diet.
Essentially, before you feed your baby solid foods, make sure he can:
- Hold his head up
- Turn his head without support
- Open his mouth and lean forward
Around 6 months, you can also start teaching your baby to drink water out of a cup. Remember that the bottle is only for breast milk or formula.
How to start introducing solid foods
When your baby is ready to take the step to start eating solid foods, you should start small. During this time, you should offer your baby a variety of foods, flavors, and textures. You can feed things like:
- Fortified infant cereal
Some families choose to make their own baby foods using whole fruits and vegetables. While introducing new foods to your baby, the CDC recommends that you introduce them one at a time and wait 2-3 days before introducing another new food to ensure that your baby doesn’t have a reaction.
You do not necessarily need to wait to introduce foods that are common allergenic foods. If you are concerned about this, talk with Dr. Moemeka about which foods you can safely introduce.
If you want more information about what to feed your baby, you can read what the CDC says about feeding your baby.
Want to learn more about your baby’s nutrition and get specific advice for you and your family? Call Mark9 Pediatrics today at (972) 325-2005, or request your appointment online to schedule your appointment with Dr. Moemeka!