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Pediatric advice on feeding your baby

Pediatric practices can help guide you in feeding your baby. One thing you can learn from your pediatric practice is what time to introduce your baby to solid foods, what foods to start out with and how to serve them safely. For the first three months, of course, breast milk and formula will dominate his or her diet. If your child is living entirely on breast milk, be sure to give him or her some vitamin D supplements. Do not be alarmed if your baby spits up sometimes, as long as it is not too often or too much.

When your baby can sit up and push food out of his or her mouth with his or her tongue, this is a sign that he or she may be ready to try solids. It will take a lot of patience to introduce your baby to these foods, and you should be prepared for most of them to end up everywhere other than inside the mouth of your baby. In order to find out about any food allergies, pediatric experts recommend you introduce him or her to one new food at a time. You probably already know about not feeding honey to a baby, but just in case, wait until after his or her first birthday. Your local pediatric practice will have advice on how to serve the food safely. Start him or her out with an iron-fortified single grain cereal mixed with formula or breast milk.

After the first twelve months

From one to two years, pediatric specialists recommend you try to concentrate on nutritious foods rather than empty calories — children have a lot of growing to do, and can only eat so much at one sitting.Look for iron-rich or iron-fortified foods in particular. If your child can drink whole milk, he or she should, but not more than 24 ounces a day. If you have a family history of obesity, talk with your local pediatric practice about using reduced fat milk. This is also a good time to begin teaching your baby how to drink from a cup. Three meals and two or three snacks a day is a reasonable amount of food for a toddler, but if he or she is not hungry, it is okay to skip a meal every now and then.

A pediatric practice in Gastonia, NC

Gastonia Pediatric Associates is a center for pediatric medicine conveniently located west of Charlotte.It is one of the first medical practices for children in the Gastonia area, having been founded in 1956. It has become a local institution, serving three generations of families with personalized care and offers medical advice for parents 24 hours a day. Its staff includes three physicians and three nursing staff. Gastonia Pediatrics is owned and directed by its own physicians. If your family needs to find a pediatric practice, call today.