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How is a baby fed after they are born?
After a baby is born, they will require a liquid-only diet for the first 6 months. This can be in the form of breastmilk or infant formula.
When do you start breastfeeding a newborn?
It is important that the first breastfeed occurs within one hour of birth, when the infant is most alert.
What are the alternatives to breastfeeding?
If you are experiencing difficulty breastfeeding, it is possible to express the milk by hand or with a breast pump and feed your baby from a bottle. If this is not possible, infant formula can be used as an alternative.
When can solid foods be introduced?
Together with breast or bottle-feeding, at around 6 months of age, solid foods can also be introduced into your baby's diet. The exact time to start solids not only depends on your baby's age, but also their ability to sit and support their own head. If …
What kind of solid foods can be introduced first?
There is no golden rule about which foods should be given first. However, it is best to introduce single-ingredient foods first, one at a time, to identify if your baby has any allergic reactions and to aid with acquiring taste. These can …
What are the signs of an allergic reaction?
Signs of an allergic reaction include skin rashes, swelling in the face, vomiting and diarrhea, coughing, wheezing or pale skin. It is best to contact your baby's doctor if any of these symptoms occur.
Are there any unsuitable foods for babies under 12 months?
For babies under 12 months, there are some foods that are not suitable. These include: Whole nuts and grapes, which are choking risks; Honey, which can cause a bacterial infection; Tea, which contains tannins that can …
About this article
Author: Dr Bow Tauro PhD, BSc (Hons)
First answered: 06 Nov 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Category: A guide to healthy eating in infants