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Baby's First Year

Feeding the One-Month-Old

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Feeding the One-Month Old:

1 & 2 Months

Feeding your new baby may be a challenge! When a tiny baby needs to eat every two or three hours, it's hard to believe you'll ever get sleep again!

Babies usually cry when they are hungry. If your feeding schedule is too rigid, you may have to listen to a lot of crying. Be flexible and adapt your feeding schedule to meet the needs of your baby.

Eventually your baby will get on a more predictable feeding schedule and baby will stop eating when she is full. Don't try to get baby to take more than she wants.

Babies have growth spurts when they need to eat/nurse more often. This should only last a couple of days and if you are breastfeeding your body will adapt by making enough breast milk to meet the needs of your baby. Frequent nursing tells your body to make more milk. Six or more wet diapers a day is a good indication that your baby is getting enough to eat.

It is not recommended to heat bottles in a microwave. When a bottle is warmed in the microwave it may feel warm on the outside but may have hot spots inside that could burn baby's tender mouth. Heat bottles in a pan of hot water, or hold it under hot running water instead or use a bottle warmer. Test formula on the back of your hand to check the temperature.

Babies should not be eating anything other than breast milk or formula until 4-6 months of age). Babies less than one year old should not be fed honey. Honey sometimes contains spores that can cause a disease called "infant botulism". Older children have more highly developed intestinal tracts, so honey is safe for them.

Source: University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension NuFacts

This resource was updated April 2008.

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