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Formula Feeding

Infant formulas generally come as ready-to-feed liquid, concentrated liquid, and powder. The type that will work best for you depends on when, where and how much you plan to use. Please always refer to the formula packaging for directions and guidelines.

  • Only feed your newborn breast milk or formula unless directed otherwise by a healthcare provider.
  • Feed your newborn on demand. Most newborns need eight to 12 feedings per day (about every two to three hours).
  • Look for early signs of hunger - stirring, stretching, sucking motions, lip movements. Fussing or crying are later cues.
  • When the baby stops sucking or turns his/her head away from the nipple or bottle, they may be full. Try taking a break to burp the baby before trying again.
  • Consider each feeding an opportunity to bond with your newborn. Talk to them, look them in the eye, sing to them - this will help build a sense of security, trust and comfort.
  • Expect variations in your newborn's eating patterns as they grow.
  • Follow proper storage and bottle preparation guidelines.


Last Updated: 12/27/2013