Feeding your newborn2018-12-11T07:25:48+00:00

Feeding your newborn

Feeding your newborn

Your baby will show you she is hungry in several ways. Opening her mouth, turning toward your breast, trying to latch onto anything close to her mouth, bringing her hands to her mouth, becoming restless and crying may all signal that your baby is ready to eat. Here, you will find information about formula and breastfeeding. Go to our nutrition section to learn more about infant nutrition.

Breastmilk vs. formula

Breastmilk and iron-fortified infant formula both provide good nutrition for your newborn and will help your baby grow up healthy and strong. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breastmilk because it protects babies from common illnesses, decreases future risk of obesity and changes over time to meet your baby’s specific nutritional needs. If you feed your baby formula, we want you to feel our support of your feeding choice as well.

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Breast-Feeding Questions

If your baby is healthy, skip the “What to Do” section. Go directly to the topic number that relates to your question for advice: