If your newborn is not
premature and has regained his birth weight, we recommend feeding on demand for
the first 4-6 weeks. That is offering breast or bottle whenever your
child is hungry. For bottle-fed babies, slowly increase the amount of formula
in each bottle to satisfy the baby (up to 8 ounces) without any increase in
spitting up every 3-4 hours. Once they hit their stride babies tend to drink 24
to 38 ounces per day. If yours is significantly out of this range talk to your
Anytime between four and six months is an excellent time to begin solid food
(in puree form). One clue that your baby is ready for this is if he watches
every bite of food you eat. The only rules of adding and advancing solids come
from the allergist. Food allergy is not an issue for most children, only
about 5% of babies will show some allergic reaction to any food.
The allergists have three rules.
- Offer only a small
quantity of any new food, about 1 tablespoon, double that the second time it's
offered. After that, if your baby has no adverse reaction, you can offer that
food in larger quantities.
- Wait 3 to 5 days
before introducing new foods; advance them the same way.
- Do not offer meats or
proteins (e.g. eggs) before nine months, then add them one at a time as you did
with fruits and vegetables.
This page was authored by Dr. Melissa Adams