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Feeding your newborn: Tips for new parents

If breastfeeding isn't possible, use infant formula.  Healthy newborns don't need cereal, water, juice or other fluids.

Stick with breast milk

Hands being brought to the mouth, sucking on fingers and fists, and lip-smacking are all warning signs.  Later cues include weeping and fussing. 

Feed your newborn on cue

Breast milk might not provide enough vitamin D, which helps your baby absorb calcium and phosphorus — nutrients necessary for strong bones.

Consider vitamin D supplements

Your newborn may take more at each feeding or request to be fed more frequently during growth spurts, which typically occur two to three weeks after delivery.

Expect variations in your newborn's eating patterns

Although you might be concerned that your baby isn't eating enough, babies typically know just how much they require. 

Trust your instincts — and your newborn's

Make sure they follow the same feeding routines and techniques you do if other family members or carers will be feeding your baby on occasion.

Keep feedings consistent