Baby Feeding Schedule based on Childs Age

Baby Feeding ScheduleDo you ever wonder what to feed your child? When do you give them formula or should you? When do they start eating solid foods? Well here is a schedule just for that, the feeding schedule for your baby.

For the first 6 months of a infant’s life they need to be fed on breast milk or infant formula, however if you don’t wait 12 months(which is strongly recommended) to wean your baby off breastmilk then you will have to give your baby iron-fortified formula. Breastmilk is needed to give the baby its essential mix of mineral, vitamins, enzymes, etc that make the perfect mix of food to help you baby with digestion, brain and growth development, and protection from illnesses. Even though the baby needs to breastfeed or have infant formula for the first 6 months, it is actually better to breastfeed your baby for at least 12 months or as long as the mother and baby want to keep nursing. You can breastfeed for upwards of 2 years with recommendations from health organizations but that choice is yours.

While breastfeeding a baby you should make it easy for you and the baby by sleeping near each other in the night. Breastfeeding is actually good both the baby and the mother. The mother who breastfeeds her child reduces her risk of get ovarian or breast cancer. If a mother has adopted the infant she can breastfeed the child she just needs to talk to the pediatrician.

Another thing to consider is the formula that you are using if you are mixing it with water from your well it may contain nitrate poisoning, so before you use that water have it tested. Then have it tested regularly afterwards, however if the mother drinks the water and breastfeeds the baby, the baby is at no risk. Depending on the growth size of the baby it’s hard to see when your baby has had enough to eat, typically if you have 4-6 wet diapers and 3-4 poopy diapers in 24 hours then that is normal.

Many parents don’t know when to start feeding the baby solid foods, don’t rush it breastmilk and formula are more nutritious. However you can give your baby solid foods at 6 months old, use cereal to start with then gradually work to pureed foods. A child between 1-2 years old can switch from formula to whole milk.

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