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Find My WIC Office: https://www.michigan.gov/mdhhs/0,5885,7-339-71547_4910---,00.html
Understanding Growth Charts for Kids:
Bottle Propping and Tooth Decay: https://www.healthline.com/health/baby/bottle-propping#what-it-is
Feeding from a Bottle and Adding Cereal to a Bottle
Breastfeeding and Infant Safe Sleep: https://www.nichd.nih.gov/sites/default/files/2018-11/Breastfeed_Baby_SIDS_final.pdf
Night Time Feeding Tips:
Well Child Visit Schedule and Importance of Well Child Visits: https://www.healthychildren.org/English/family-life/health-management/Pages/Well-Child-Care-A-Check-Up-for-Success.aspx
Skin to Skin Contact: https://www.todaysparent.com/baby/baby-development/skin-to-skin-with-baby/
Infant and Toddler Nutrition Guidelines: https://www.cdc.gov/nutrition/infantandtoddlernutrition/index.html
Why do experts say breastfeeding is best for my baby and me?
• Breast milk gives nutrients to your baby to grow and be happy and healthy. It is great for your health too!
• Breastfed babies have a lower risk of:
- type 1 diabetes
- ear infections
• People who breastfeed have a lower risk of:
- High blood pressure
- type 2 diabetes
- breast cancer
- ovarian cancer.
• It can strengthen the bond between you and your baby.
• It can be more affordable than bottle feeding.
• It burns calories and can help you lose weight.
What about bottle feeding?
• Bottle feeding may involve formula or pumped breast milk.
• Ask your healthcare provider what kind of formula is best for your baby.
• Follow formula mixing instructions carefully.
• Never heat formula or breast milk in the microwave. It can get too hot.
• Always check the temperature by shaking a few drops on your wrist.
• While feeding, hold your baby’s head up a little higher than their tummy and tilt the bottom of the bottle up so the nipple stays full.
• Throw out any formula or breast milk that is left after a feeding.
• Do not give your baby fluids other than formula/breast milk (no juice or other sugary drinks).
• Do not let your baby fall asleep with the bottle in their mouth.
• Do not prop the bottle in your baby's mouth. This can increase the risk of choking, ear infections, and tooth decay. It may also cause your baby to eat more than they need.
What is a normal eating pattern?
• Babies eat very often: at least every 2-3 hours. New babies need frequent feeds to get enough calories for growth.
• Babies can have periods where they have irregular patterns such as eating every 45 minutes and then sleeping for 2-3 hours.
• Some spit up is normal. Even if they spit up, putting your baby to sleep on their back is still the safest position.
How can I tell if my baby is hungry?
• Learn your baby’s hunger cues. Offer your baby a feeding if your baby:
- Becomes more alert and active
- Puts hands or fists to the mouth
- Makes sucking motions with the mouth
- Turns their head toward your breast
• Crying is a late sign of hunger and can make it harder to feed or latch.