The first six months is absolutely an “all milk-no-solids” stage. Set up a cozy nursing corner for you and your newborn and keep to your feeding schedule. On his second and sixth week, and at about the third and sixth month, growth spurts occur, so he’s more likely to feed more often, says Dr. Padua-Bautista. Play gentle music to calm him down while he enjoys his meal.
Iron-fortified formula is your best bet should you decide to give your baby an alternative to breast milk by the fourth to sixth month. Follow your doctor’s instructions or the milk’s label on how to mix the formula. “Avoid switching formula without your pediatrician’s advice,” Dr. Padua-Bautista stresses. “It can cause an upset stomach or gas, or other gastric problems.”
Beatriz Padua-Bautista, M.D., internist and family doctor, Quezon City and Laoag City
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