The main aim of feeding is to provide adequate nutrition for your baby. It helps to bear in mind also that while breast-feeding is undoubtedly best, if, for whatever reason, you don't breast-feed your baby, he'll still thrive on bottle-feeding. And once he's on solids, the important rule to remember is to take your lead from your child; as long as you offer a wide variety of foods, he doesn't have to have 'essential' foods every day. Remember, above all, that food is a pleasure.
Once you make the decision to bottle-feed, stick to it and don't feel guilty about it. Many babies are bottle-fed at some point, including those who started out on the breast. All of them thrive. Your baby will do well on infant formula. Just make sure that he has the same attention and closeness while bottle- feeding times as he would have if you were breast-feeding.
You've chosen to breast-feed and so will embark on at least a couple of months of close and special exchange with your baby.
Nature knows how to organise things and sufficient milk is supplied as needed for baby's health and growth.
The somewhat painful problems that many mums experience during breast-feeding can be overcome with a little forebearance and care.
Over the centuries, lots of myths have grown on the do's and don'ts of breast-feeding. We help you cut through them to get to more simple breast-feeding wisdom.
At some stage during the first year you will start to wean your baby off milk and on to solid food, mostly purées to begin with.
By the age of two, your child knows her likes and dislikes and feeding times may become a bit of a challenge for all concerned.
Now that your toddler is eating family meals, encourage him to try different tastes and feed himself.
Young children need to snack during the day, often in the morning and afternoon. Ensure that these snacks are nutritious.
Breast milk and infant formula are the most important sources of nutrition for babies, with solid foods ideally being...
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