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Feeding & Nutrition

A normal newborn has active rooting and sucking reflexes and can start feeding right away, so doctors recommend placing the newborn at the mother's breast immediately after birth. If this is not done, feedings are begun at least within 4 hours after birth.

Although babies may be fed breast milk or formula, doctors recommend exclusive breastfeeding for at least the first 6 months. However, breastfeeding is not always possible (for example, if the mother is taking certain drugs), and many healthy babies have been raised on formula feedings.
After 6 months solid foods can gradually be introduced.  Your baby might object to the texture at first, but keep on trying and you will soon realize her preference for certain tastes and textures.


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