Feeding Overview

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Dr. Randall

Feeding is one of your baby’s first pleasant experiences. While he’s feeding, your baby not only gets nourishment, he gets a sense of total security from being held in your arms. Babies love to be cuddled. It’s important for you to feel comfortable with the way you choose to feed your baby, so he doesn’t pick up on any stress during feeding. Your baby is very sensitive to your emotions.

After your baby is born, you may find that feeding him feels like a full time job, particularly during the first few months of his life. There are two feeding options: breastfeeding and formula feeding. Breastfeeding has many advantages for both mother and baby and has been proven to be the best nutrition for infants. After all, it’s made just for them. Breast milk is easier for your baby to digest than formula, and it gives your baby antibodies that help him fight illnesses.

Formula feeding your baby is another option. Although second best to breast milk, formula does provide all the necessary nutrients for your baby to grow. There are pros and cons to each method so just be sure that whichever method you choose is the one that you are committed to.