Your reasons for wanting to bottle-feed your baby with formula are personal. You and your partner can make the best decision for you and your baby. Formulas can provide all the calories and nutrients your baby needs in the first 6 months of life.
Several types of formulas are available. There are many types of iron-fortified infant formulas for you to choose from. Most of the time, parents start with formulas made from cow's milk. Talk to your healthcare provider before trying other types of formulas, which include soy and lactose-free formulas. At first, preparing the bottles and formula can seem confusing, but it gets easier and faster with some practise.
Your newborn baby probably will want to eat every 2 to 3 hours. Do not worry about the exact timing for the first few weeks, but feed your baby whenever he or she is hungry. In general, your baby should not go longer than 4 hours without eating during the day for the first few months. Sit in a comfortable chair with your arms supported on pillows. Look into your baby's eyes and talk or sing while you are giving the bottle. Enjoy this special time you have with your baby.
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 healthcare provider or nurse call line 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. At each routine visit, talk to your healthcare provider about your baby's nutritional needs, which change as he or she grows and develops.
Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your healthcare provider or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: March 28, 2018
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & John Pope, MD, MPH - Pediatrics & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
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