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Baby feeding patterns
Baby feeding patterns refer to the time schedule for giving a baby food, whether through bottle or breast feedings.
Breast milk is digested more rapidly than cow's milk formula. Therefore, breast-fed babies usually require feeding every 2 to 3 hours. While this feeding may develop into a pattern, a pattern should not be forced on the breast-fed baby. It is important that the breasts be emptied regularly to prevent engorgement and suppression of the milk-secreting cells.
You will know that your baby is being kept well hydrated if she is having at least 5 urine diapers a day.
Foods should only be introduced one at a time. This allows you to observe for allergic reactions . New foods should also only be given when your child is hungry.
At 6 months, or when your health care provider recommends, you can begin pureed, strained, or finely mashed foods. Between 6 and 7 months, you can begin crackers, vegetables, and fruit. Between 9 and 12 months, commercially prepared junior foods or chopped table foods can be eaten.
Update Date: 4/15/2003Elizabeth Hait, M.D., Department of Pediatrics, Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network.
Last updated: Tue, 06 Jan 2009 00:20:03 GMT