Feeding your baby: 3 tips to getting it right

Feeding your baby: 3 tips to getting it right

There’s no need to sweat the small stuff when it comes to feeding your baby. Here are some basic guidelines to keep in mind!

Feeding your baby should be a time of bonding and relaxation. Here are three things to remember to keep the process calm and enjoyable for both you and your baby.

  1. There is no deadline on breastfeeding. If your 15-month-old still loves to breastfeed and you do too, then stick with it. At around six months, your child is getting nutrients from solid foods, so his desire for breast milk may lessen.
  2. Breast milk or formula is enough to keep your new baby hydrated. The only time when you need to give your baby water is when she's sick and losing fluids through vomiting or diarrhea. In this case, consult with your pediatrician first.
  3. The first solid food can be a fruit or vegetable. In the past, parents were encouraged to start with rice cereal or another single grain cereal. We now know that a fruit or vegetable (think mashed banana or pureed avocado) is a great first food. Just make sure it's soft and has a single ingredient.

Feeding your baby is an ideal opportunity to bond with your baby, and also cultivate a tradition of happy eating with her mom!

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My doctor told me to use rice cereal first because it's bland enough that the taste won't bother the baby, but still helps them get used to the spoon feeding. I wouldn't skip it.


Alison 9/27/2015

My child is fully breastfed, 4 months old weighing 17lbs. & tall looking like he's a 6-7 month old. But I plan to breastfeed a full year atleast.

6 months

Kim 9/20/2015

My baby girl is breastfeed. Hope to breastfeed at least until she is one. Longer if she wants. I'm just getting her into eating morning and afternoon. I think she rather have the breast lol

Veggies first


Our doctor recommended rice cereal first, then adding veggies and all between 5 and 6 months. We seem to be doing ok with the cereal, but have been using frozen breast milk to mix it with. I'm hoping to have better luck using freshly expressed milk.

No luck with cereal


I had no luck with rice cereal, I found it was best starting with purees. I started veggies first but wasn't having to much success so I switched to fruits and she liked that, and now she's eating both fruits and veggies.

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