Feeding Your Infant: Ages 0 to 4 Months
What Foods Are Best?
How Much Breast Milk or Formula Should I Give?
- 7-14 days
- 3-6 weeks
- 4 months
- Holds neck steady
- Can sit
- Opens mouth when food is offered
- Keeps food in mouth and swallows it instead of pushing out with their tongue
- Reaches for food, showing he/she wants some
- Has doubled birth weight (weighs at least 13 pounds)
What Are My Choices?
|Benefits of Breastfeeding||Benefits of Iron-Fortified Formula|
|Why not cow’s milk?||Why not low-iron formula?|
What Can I Expect?
Tips on Bottles and Storage
Healthy Children.org—American Academy of Pediatrics http://www.healthychildren.org
Infant Nutrition Food and Nutrition Information Center http://www.nal.usda.gov
About Kids Health http://www.aboutkidshealth.ca
The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada http://www.sogc.org
Bite-sized milestones: signs of solid food readiness. American Academy of Pediatrics Healthy Children.org website. Available at: http://www.healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/baby/feeding-nutrition/pages/Bite-Sized-Milestones-Signs-of-Solid-Food-Readiness-.aspx. Updated May 1, 2012. Accessed September 12, 2012.
Bottle feeding basics. American Academy of Pediatrics Healthy Children.org website. Available at: http://www.healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/baby/feeding-nutrition/pages/Bottle-Feeding-How-It's-Done.aspx. Updated June 29, 2012. Accessed September 12, 2012.
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Formula feeding FAQs: how much and how often. Kids Health website. Available at: http://kidshealth.org/parent/pregnancy%5Fnewborn/formulafeed/formulafeed%5Foften.html. Updated January 2012. Accessed September 16, 2013.
Formula feeding FAQs: preparation and storage. Kids Health website. Available at: http://kidshealth.org/parent/pregnancy%5Fcenter/newborn%5Fcare/formulafeed%5Fstoring.html. Updated February 2012. Accessed September 16, 2013.
How to protect your baby from BPA. Bureau of Environmental Health Massachusetts Department of Public Health website. http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/docs/dph/environmental/exposure/bisphenol-a-brochure.pdf. Updated July 2009. Accessed September 16, 2013.
Why formula instead of cow's milk? American Academy of Pediatrics Healthy Children.org website. Available at: http://www.healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/baby/feeding-nutrition/Pages/Why-Formula-Instead-of-Cows-Milk.aspx. Updated July 30, 2012. Accessed September 16, 2013.
10/12/2010 DynaMed's Systematic Literature Surveillance http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed: Baker R, Greer F, the Committee on Nutrition. Clinical report—diagnosis and prevention of iron deficiency and iron-deficiency anemia in infants and young children (0-3 years of age). American Academy of Pediatrics website. Available at: http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/cgi/reprint/peds.2010-2576v1. Published October 5, 2010. Accessed October 12, 2010.
4/7/2014 DynaMed's Systematic Literature Surveillance http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed: Lamberti LM, Zakarija-Grkovic, et al. Breastfeeding for reducing the risk of pneumonia morbidity and mortality in children under two: a systematic literature review and meta-analysis. BMC Public Health. [Epub 2013 Sep].
- Reviewer: Brian Randall, MD
- Review Date: 09/2012 -
- Update Date: 00/40/2014 -
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