Am I feeding my baby correctly?

Answers to basic baby feeding questions

When you have a baby, more than likely you are constantly worrying if you are doing everything “right.” The endless amount of “expert” information is overwhelming.

Something as basic as what to feed your baby and when can be a daunting task when you look to Dr. Google. Especially when you consider that recommendations change all the time. With my first child, peanut butter before age 1 was an absolute no. But with No. 3, that changed, and it was fine to try at between 6 and 8 months.

Luckily, the American Academy of Pediatrics is the one go-to source that pediatricians trust. All the basic questions about feeding your baby can be found on its easy-to-use website. Here are the most common questions and answers many parents have:

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  • When do I stop breastfeeding? Breast milk is best for at least the first year, keep going longer if you can.
  • When can I introduce solid foods? Wait for your doctor to tell you when. Your baby must be able to sit without help, usually around 4- to 5 months. Start with infant rice cereal, followed by vegetables, fruits and meats.
  • Can I give my baby juice? Try to avoid juice until your child is a toddler.
  • When can I start whole cow’s milk? Not until your baby is 12 months old.

When in doubt, talk to your doctor.

“Every year, researchers learn more and more about introducing foods and drinks to infants,” said Sally Wheeler, M.D., of Norton Children’s Medical Group – Poplar Level. “It’s our job to stay up to date on this research and keep parents and our patients knowledgeable about the proper nutrition for your child in the various stages of their life.”

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