Helping give your new baby the nutrition they need to grow is important right from the start. Knowing what types of foods are best is key when you are examining many different types that you can give your baby as they grow and develop. With a complete feeding guide, you are sure to have the information you need to give your baby the best nutritional start possible.
Many mothers will make the decision on breast milk as the best form of food for their babies and for many parents, this is not only the easiest choice, but the best for both mother and baby. Breast milk is easily digested, takes very little effort to provide to your baby and can give your little one the important anti-bodies that they need from the colostrum and milk that the mother provides. Many mothers will have to watch their diet while nursing to avoid certain foods that may influence the milk and therefore give their baby gas pains or discomfort later on.
While some mothers cannot nurse, others choose formula to supplement or feed their baby entirely, there are many types of formula out there today that can give your baby the nutrients and vitamins they require during these important first months. Deciding on a type of formula to give your new baby can be difficult given the many different types that can be found today. Be sure to ask your pediatrician or local health nurse for any recommendations. Many babies will be fine with any number of brands of formula while others may require soy-based or lactose-free formulas due to digestion problems.
Vitamin D is an important part of an infant’s diet if you choose to breastfeed your baby. If you are not supplementing your baby’s diet, be sure to include a vitamin D supplement that you can pick up from any drug store or department store where infant food products are sold.
No matter if you are nursing or bottle-feeding your baby, they should have an adequate amount of wet and dirty diapers per day to indicate that they are getting enough from breast milk or formula. Each child is different but a baby should be consuming anywhere from 5-7 feedings per day for the first 3 months and 4-5 feedings per day from 4-6 months in age.
If you have any questions about the amount that your baby is consuming be sure to discuss it with your family physician or health care provider in your area. Your baby’s output is a good indication of the amount that they are taking in and absorbing, so some parents find it helpful to keep a written record for the first few weeks to give them an idea about how much their little one is consuming each day.
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