Feeding Your Newborn
Because babies grow so fast in their first few months, they need to eat really often. Before the baby arrives, you’ll need to decide whether you will breastfeed or bottle-feed. Some of these product purchases will depend on which feeding method you choose.
- Breastfeeding support pillow
- Breast pump
- Nursing bra
- Breast pads
- Lanolin cream
- Breastmilk freezer storage containers
- Bottles and nipples
- Dishwasher basket for bottles
- Bottle drying rack
- Burp cloths
- Bottle and pacifier sterilizer
- Baby formula
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that babies be breastfed exclusively for about the first 6 months. Following the introduction of solid foods, breastfeeding should continue through the first year of life and even beyond, if desired.
Deciding to breastfeed or bottle feed a baby is usually based on the mother’s comfort level with breastfeeding and her lifestyle. In some cases, breastfeeding may not be recommended for a mom and her baby. If you have any questions about whether to breastfeed or formula feed, talk to your pediatrician. Remember, your baby’s nutritional and emotional needs will be met whether you choose to breastfeed or formula feed.
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