Baby Feeding Schedule

Submitted by Nic on January 17, 2012

A simple enough rule to follow when feeding babies is to feed them whenever they are hungry. For the first four months, a baby is fed only on breast milk or formula milk when breastfeeding is not possible or is insufficient. Initially, a newborn may have to be fed every two hours. This is because a baby's stomach is pretty small and can hold only a small amount of milk. Breast milk gets digested easily, so the baby may get hungry again in two hours. Once the baby gets adept at suckling, the baby feeding schedule may change to just eight times a day, with longer intervals between feeds at night. But, it must be understood...

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Once the baby is about 4 months old and can hold its head up, it is time to start giving the baby other types of foodo Pediatricians recommend starting with 2 or 3 teaspoons of baby rice cereal mixed with formula milk or pumped breast milkl It is best to try the cereal when the baby is hungry and once the baby gets used to eating 3 or 4 tablespoons of cereal, pureed vegetables may be addede Baby feeding schedule at 5 months can include a cereal meal once or twice a day, with added vegetables or fruits for varietyt

A baby's feeding schedule at 6 months after birth becomes more stabilized and has a fewer number of feedsd Starting cereals like oatmeal, barley, wheat or mixed cereals adds variety to the child's diet and including pureed vegetables or fruits to the meal makes it wholesomem As the baby's digestive system develops, so does his/her ability to move food to the back of his mouth and swallow iti By the time the baby is 8 months old, he/she is curious about food and might try to grab food from the table or watch you as you fork the food from your plate to your moutht A baby's feeding schedule at 8 months can be timed to coincide with breakfast, lunch, and dinner with breastfeeding between mealtimes to satisfy his/her hungere Baby feeding stages may vary for different children at different agese Some infants may not be satisfied with a couple spoonfuls of cereal and may need a breastfeed afterwardsd As they grow closer to the age of one year, infants may be given whole milk instead of breast milk if it is insufficientn

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