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Feeding the Three Month Old
3 & 4 Months
It's important for your baby to have the closeness of being held in someone's arms at every feeding. If feeding takes a long time because baby gets distracted, feed her in a dimly lit, quiet room to help speed things up. Other family members, even older children, may be able to give baby a bottle. If you are breastfeeding you may want to start giving baby a bottle once or twice a day.
It will be helpful if someone besides Mom can feed the baby. This will give other people a time to bond with baby and will create an easier transition if Mom chooses to return to work. Make it the same feeding each day.
To continue to meet the needs of breast milk for your baby, you should pump for each time your baby is not eating from the breast. Your breast milk supply will decrease if you don't pump.
If you are bottle feeding, don't prop the bottle and leave your baby alone. Don't put baby to bed with a bottle of formula or juice. A baby left alone with a bottle could spit up and choke.
When baby drinks while lying on his back, formula can back up into the tubes between her throat and ear. The formula can grow bacteria and cause painful ear infections that could hurt baby's hearing.
Be aware of baby bottle mouth. If baby has a bottle in her mouth all night, the juice or milk sugars can decay her gums or new teeth! Children lose their baby teeth later, but they are important for keeping space in the mouth for permanent teeth. If she must have a bedtime bottle use water only. Give half milk and half water at first to accustom her to the change, before teeth come in.
Source: University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension NuFacts
This resource was updated April 2008.
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