Breastfeeding is optimal: Breastmilk is best for your new baby. Breastmilk is easy to digest and has just the right nutrients. It is so good that all the formula companies continue to study and imitate it as best they can. Breast milk can help prevent infections, allergies, and even diabetes. A nurse, doctor, or breastfeeding consultant can answer your questions and help you get started. Start vitamin D drops (400 IU) once a day for your baby if her main nutrition is breast milk.
Bottle feeding: If you choose to bottlefeed your baby, be sure to feed pumped breast milk or formula that is iron fortified. We do not recommend one brand over another as all formulas are required to meet a high standard set by the FDA with regards to calories and nutrition. When you feed your infant, hold her so that she is partly sitting and not lying flat. Just because you are formula feeding does not mean your child is going to be unhealthy; in fact most infants who bottle feed grow and develop just as well as their breastfed peers.
Warming milk, room temperatures is just fine: Do not warm breastmilk, formula, or baby foods in a microwave oven. The milk or food may overheat and burn your baby’s mouth. Room temperature is just fine, so save the time of warming the milk and spend it with your child!
Recognizing feeding Cues: Your baby will start to make smacking sounds with her mouth, bring her hands to her face and turn to the side (rooting) when she is hungry. Crying is a late hunger cue! Stop feeding your baby when she seems full. You’ll know she’s had enough when she turns her head away from the nipple, closes her mouth, or seems to lose interest in sucking.