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Feeding a newborn is an important concern for parents. Experts recommend that newborns be fed on demand. This means that you breastfeed or bottle-feed your infant whenever they show signs of hunger, rather than setting a strict schedule. Newborns follow their feelings of hunger. They eat when they are hungry and stop eating when they are full.
Experts recommend breastfeeding your baby for up to 2 years or more, using only breast milk for the first 6 months. If you are unable to or choose not to breastfeed your baby, feed your baby iron-fortified formula. Babies don't need any other liquids or solids for the first 6 months of life.
A common concern for parents is whether their baby is eating enough. Talk to your doctor if you are concerned about how much your baby is eating. Most newborns lose weight in the first several days after birth but regain it within a week or two. After 2 weeks of age, your baby should continue to gain weight steadily.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse advice line if:
Sometimes, if your baby isn't feeding well, they can become dehydrated. Your baby may be dehydrated if you notice they have:
Call your healthcare provider if you think your baby is dehydrated or if you notice your baby:
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Adaptation Date: 2/24/2022
Adapted By: Alberta Health Services
Adaptation Reviewed By: Alberta Health Services
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