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 Infant Food And Feeding

You Asked: We Answered

We talked to hundreds of parents about what it’s like trying to raise a healthy baby. Parents shared their burning questions, biggest challenges, and best strategies.

We’ve taken the top questions from parents about food and feeding and answered them here. We’ve also included practical tips from other parents like you.

Keep reading to get more information on these topics and questions:

Should I breastfeed my baby?

You’ve probably heard that breastfeeding is best for you and your baby. You may have even heard that breastfed babies get sick less often. But did you know that your baby will benefit from breast milk long after you’ve stopped nursing? Learn more about the benefits of breastfeeding.

Help! I’m breastfeeding my baby and I have a lot of questions.

It’s normal to have a lot of questions about breastfeeding! Learn more about it from initiation all the way through weaning (stopping).

What if I’m not breastfeeding my baby?

Some parents can’t or don’t breastfeed. If you can’t breastfeed, or if you choose not to, you may be wondering what you need to know about bottle- and formula-feeding. What if I’m not breastfeeding my baby?

Put breast milk or formula in your baby’s bottle - not cereal.

In the middle of the night, sleepless parents want to know how to get their baby to sleep longer. Learn why cereal in the bottle is not the best choice.

Crying doesn’t always mean your baby is hungry.

What’s harder to listen to than a crying baby? Not much! But it may help to remember that crying is how your baby talks to you. Instead of feeding your baby every time he cries, first try and figure out why he’s crying. Find out how to tell when your baby is hungry.

Starting around age 6 months, watch for signs that your baby is ready for solid foods.

Starting to eat solid foods (like baby cereal and baby food) is an important part of your baby’s development. But starting solid foods too early could lead to problems with overweight or obesity later. Learn the signs that she’s ready for solids.

Parent 2 Parent

"I give my baby the stuff he doesn’t like first, when he’s most hungry. Don’t give him the fruits first — give him the veggie or meat first so he’ll eat it!"

Help new eaters try different foods and explore new tastes.

Introducing your baby to new foods can be both fun and frustrating. Did you know that a baby might have to try a new food 10 to 15 times over several months before she’ll eat it? Get tips on helping your baby develop a healthy diet.

What should I give my baby to drink?

Breast milk and formula are the best choices for your baby. Learn more baby-friendly beverages.

Help your baby stay at a healthy weight for life!