Other common questions asked by parents are listed below.
Q4. Does my baby need supplemental vitamins or iron?
For a full term baby, breast milk provides sufficient vitamins and minerals with the exception of Vitamin D. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that breast fed babies be supplemented with Vitamin D drops, about 400 units daily.
Breast milk has sufficient iron till 4-6 months age to meet the infant’s requirements. It is recommended that breast fed infants get iron supplements starting 4 months of age.
Infant formulas are already fortified with vitamins and iron to meet the infant’s requirements. The formula fed infants do not need additional vitamin supplements.
Q5. How do I know if my baby is allergic to a particular formula?
Regular infant formulas are based on cow’s milk. Some babies may be allergic to cow’s milk protein and may not tolerate the regular infant formula. Babies may present with colic-like symptoms, eczema, wheezing, vomiting, diarrhea (sometimes with blood), hives, and/or a stuffy, itchy nose. Quite a few of these babies may also react with soy. Hypoallergenic formulas like Alimentum, Nutramigen, Neocate or Elecare are recommended for these infants. Ask your Pediatrician about milk protein allergy if your baby has any of the above symptoms.
Q6. When do I start my baby on solid foods?
Solid foods are recommended for babies starting 5 months to 6 months age. By this time, the tongue thrusting reflex is fading, and the baby is usually sitting up with support and has good head and neck control. Baby foods are given in addition to breastmilk or infant formula, not as a replacement. Breast milk or infant formula is still the main source of calories at 6 months age.
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- CDC – Breast Feeding, Diet and Micronutrients
- CDC – Nutrition, Infant and Toddler Nutrition, Foods and Drinks for 6 to 24 months old