Feeding your Baby
Feeding time is a great time to bond with your baby. Learn more about your options below and talk with your doctor to determine how best to feed your baby.
Feeding Your Baby Can Mean So Much More
Studies have shown that routine touch can lead to improved physiological, cognitive, emotional and social development. Your baby’s first emotional bonds are built from physical contact, and these serve as the foundation for emotional and intellectual development later in life.
So while you hold her in your arms, your baby is getting the benefits of your touch (and your smell) along with the nutrients she needs, nurturing her happy healthy development.
Many doctors agree that nothing is better for babies than breast milk. Nutritionally speaking, it's tailor-made for your child. It has all the vitamins and minerals that babies need, it's easier to digest than formula and it's less likely to cause allergic reactions. Breastfeeding lets a mother pass on antibodies from her own immune system through her breast milk, to boost her baby's defense against infections. And it naturally adapts to your baby's changing needs over weeks and months.
Other Ways to Nourish
Sometimes mothers cannot breastfeed, due to medical problems or other special circumstances. Discuss with your pediatrician how best to feed your baby. No matter how you decide to feed your baby, always be sure to hold him while feeding . The cuddling that comes with nursing and feeding helps to build a strong, loving bond between you and your baby. Invite your partner to participate — feeding time is a great opportunity for your baby and partner to feel close.
Introducing baby to solid food
It is usually recommended to exclusively breastfeed for your baby’s first six months.
Post six months, breastmilk alone doesn't provide your baby with nutrients, mainly iron, hence you will need to slowly introduce other foods.
Waiting until six months to introduce your baby to solid food protects her health. It reduces the chance that she will develop allergies or pick up an infection from food.
When your baby reaches the six month mark, her immune system is stronger and better equipped to face any germs.