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Bottle Feeding

Find tips and helpful advice for bottle-feeding and formula-feeding your baby.

Adding Cereal to Baby Formula

Adding cereal to a bottle to help a baby sleep is a myth. read more

Autistic Four-Year-Old Still Using Bottle

Certain situations may warrant keeping a four-year-old on a bottle. read more

Bottle at Bedtime

Find out what you need to do to get an 18-month-old to give up her bedtime bottle. read more

Bottle Feeding 101: Everything You Need to Know

Bottle Feeding 101: Everything You Need to Know Need some tips and guidelines on bottle feeding your baby? Whether you plan on breastfeeding or formula-feeding, your baby will probably need a bottle at some point, even if it's just so Mom can have some "me time," or so Dad can take over night duty. Here's a helpful breakdown of bottle feeding from start to finish. What kind of bottles should I use? Let's talk equipment. read more

Bottles and Baby Teeth

Find out how to break your child of the need for a bottle to get her to fall asleep. read more

Breast Milk vs Formula

Breast Milk vs FormulaOne of the very first decisions new parents make, even before the baby is born, is how to feed their infant. Many health experts agree that breastfeeding is the ideal way, for optimum nutrition. Specifically, the American Dietetic Association (ADA) recommends that babies be breastfed exclusively for the first six months and then breastfed with complementary foods for at least twelve months. For those women not able to breastfeed or who choose not to, today's infant formulas provide a good, nutritious alternative. read more

Breastfeeding Versus Bottle-Feeding

Breastfeeding Versus Bottle-Feeding Both breastfeeding and bottle-feeding have their advantages. Because you need to make a decision now, let's consider each of them in turn. That way, you can make an informed choice. Breastfeeding is better because: read more

Breastfeeding vs. Bottle-Feeding: Read This Before Baby Arrives

Breastfeeding vs. Bottle-Feeding: Read This Before Baby ArrivesNo matter how many parenthood prep classes you attend or how many books you read, there is nothing like real life to inform you about feeding a baby. Yet, one of the most crucial feeding decisions typically comes before your baby arrives. That's when parents ponder whether to feed baby infant formula or to breastfeed. read more

Can an Infant Be Given a Variety of Formulas?

There is no medical reason why a healthy infant cannot take a variety of infant formulas, but there are a few issues to consider. read more

Formula Feeding

Formula Feeding Many babies in the United States receive nourishment by way of infant formula, either in place of breast milk or in addition to it. Formula provides a certain element of freedom for parents and other caregivers, particularly because any adult is capable of feeding the baby at any time, precluding mom as the sole food source. Formula is beneficial for other reasons, too. Some infants cannot tolerate the carbohydrate or protein in breast milk and depend upon specialized infant formula for survival. read more

From Birth to Four Months: Dietary Milestones

From Birth to Four Months: Dietary MilestonesYou've delivered your bundle of joy. Now what? Well, newborns generally sleep a lot. When he's not snoozing, your baby is usually eating, getting his diaper or outfit changed, or being cuddled by Mom, Dad, and other family members, or friends. read more

How Much and How Often to Formula Feed

How Much and How Often to Formula FeedLike breastfed babies, infants nourished with formula should be allowed to feed on demand. That helps them to eat only when they are hungry, which sets the stage for easier weight control in the future. read more

How Much Milk Is Enough?

Each infant is unique, so I never recommend a minimum amount of milk. read more

How to Bottle-Break a Child

Learn some recommended ways to get a child off the bottle. read more

Infant Feeding Guide

Infant Feeding GuideIt's not always easy to know what to feed a growing infant. Here are some guidelines to help you month by month. Each stage builds upon the last. The amounts listed here are averages. Don't worry if your baby is eating more or less than the suggested amounts as long as your pediatrician says he is growing properly. read more

Introducing Your Breastfed Baby to Bottle-Feedings

Introducing Your Breastfed Baby to Bottle-FeedingsSupplemental Bottles read more

Preparing and Handling Infant Formula

Preparing and Handling Infant Formula Babies have delicate systems that are in a state of flux. That's why you should minimize the potential for troublesome germs when preparing baby's formula. When preparing to feed baby any type of formula, begin by washing your hands with warm soapy water for at least twenty seconds, making sure to clean thoroughly under your nails. Dry hands with a clean towel. read more

Son Prefers Formula to Cow's Milk

Read some suggestions for getting an 18-month-old off the bottle and formula, and onto cow's milk. read more

Transitioning from Breast Milk to Formula

Although the transition from breast to formula can be done abruptly, many mothers transition more slowly over time. It is very important to be flexible. read more

When Supplementation of a Breastfed Newborn Is Medically Necessary

When Supplementation of a Breastfed Newborn Is Medically Necessary Sometimes, parents who are highly motivated to breastfeed will become alarmed when their baby's doctor prescribes formula supplement. They wrongly fear that their chances of breastfeeding will be ruined if their baby gets any formula. I have witnessed distressing power struggles between well-meaning parents and physicians over the matter. This always make me sad because parents and health professionals should be joint advocates for their child, never adversaries. read more

Which Is Better: Breastfeeding or Bottle-Feeding?

Which Is Better: Breastfeeding or Bottle-Feeding? Breast or bottle…which is better? That all depends on you and your baby. Here's a list of some of the pros and cons of each: read more