Feeding is one of your baby’s most pleasant experiences. At feeding time, the baby receives nourishment from food and a feeling of security from parents’ loving care. The food helps your baby grow healthy and strong. Parental love starts your baby in the development of a secure and stable personality.
Both you and the baby should be comfortable at feeding time. Choose a position that will help you to relax as you feed your baby. For your baby’s comfort, be sure he is warm and dry.
Whether breast-feeding or bottle-feeding hold your baby close. The baby’s head should be slightly raised and should rest in the bend of your elbow.
Type of Feeding
Breast milk is the best feeding for your baby. If you have any questions concerning breastfeeding, please call our lactation consultant, Allison Scott, APN, at (479) 571-7184.
If you choose not to breastfeed, a commercially prepared infant formula is recommended. Breast milk or formula is the only food your baby needs for the first 4-6 months of life. The cow’s milk that the rest of the family drinks should not be fed to your baby until after the first year of life. It is not an appropriate source of nutrition for your baby.
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