Your Child's Nutrition
As a general guideline, newborn babies usually feed every 2-4 hours. A healthy baby does not need supplemental water; formula can be made with sterilized water in the beginning. Juice has no nutritional value during infancy—it can be used as an occasional treat (max 4 oz.) after ~6 months of age.
Breastfeeding: Breast milk will usually come in after 2-4 days. Babies usually nurse for 10-20 minutes on each breast.
Bottle-feeding: Bottle-fed newborn babies usually drink 1-3 ounces every 2-4 hours.
It is common to add solid foods at around 4-6 months of age. We recommend starting with cereal, then progressing to fruits, vegetables and meat. It can be helpful to start the feeding with breast milk and/or formula, then switch to half-spoonfuls of food, then switch back to breast milk and/or formula to avoid frustration in baby. Be careful to give baby one new food at a time, waiting a few days to check for any negative reactions like diarrhea, rash or vomiting.
As your kids start to become more active and busy, make sure they are eating consistently and receiving important vitamins and nutrients from meals and snacks as well as enough fluids to stay hydrated after activity. It is also important to ensure they are eating a variety of foods and consuming enough fiber, protein, healthy fats and carbohydrates while monitoring sugar and salt intake.