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.
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First answered: 06 Nov 2014
Last reviewed: 17 Oct 2018
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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.
Breast milk contains the perfect mix of components for your baby's nutritional and immunity needs. The yellow fluid that is produced by your breasts in the first few days after birth, called colostrum, helps to protect your baby from middle-ear, …
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …