Feeding

Feeling comfortable with what you’re doing is more important than whether you breast or bottle feed. Each has advantages and disadvantages. Both are healthy and natural, and neither is better or “right”.

  • Intolerance to either formula or something in a breastfeeding mother’s diet may occur and usually presents as diarrhea, vomiting, rash, failure to gain weight normally, or any combination of these. Colic alone is rarely from food, although may accompany the above if food is the problem. If you suspect this, don’t change your baby’s milk yourself. Call and discuss it with us.
  • Babies never need extra water – there’s plenty in both breastmilk and formula.
  • Avoid solids before three months age. Younger babies can’t digest them. The old belief that solids make them sleep better has been proven untrue, indeed the opposite is the case. Solids usually aren’t needed by the baby until 5 – 6 months, so the majority of babies in this age group should get absolutely nothing except breastmilk and/or formula.
  • Babies under one year of age should not consume honey.
  • Breast & Bottle-fed babies should start a liquid multi-vitamin (Poly-vi-sol with Iron) around 2 weeks of age.

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