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Patient Health Guide

Nutrition

Breastfeeding

lactation consultantsRainbow Pediatrics and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend breastfeeding your baby for the first year of life. There is no better or healthier food for your baby. Breastfeeding has been shown to prevent SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome), improve vision and I.Q. It also prevents and shortens the course of many infections including ear infections.

If you have questions or concerns about breastfeeding, Rainbow Pediatrics offers Lactation Consulting.  Rainbow nurse of 10 years Marie McGowan is a lactation consultant. Please call us if you wish to speak or make an appointment with her.

Should you need to supplement your baby Rainbow Pediatrics recommends Enfamil products. If you would ever like samples or coupons please ask, whenever you visit Rainbow Pediatrics.

 

When is your Baby Ready for Solids?

feeding toddlerAccording to the American Academy of Pediatrics, there is no need to begin feeding a baby solid foods before four to six months of age. Other signs that may indicate your baby is ready for solid foods is when they have doubled their birth weight; seem to be hungry despite 8 to 10 breast feedings a day; or are taking more than 32 ounces of formula a day; or can now lift and support their head.

At four months we recommend starting rice cereal. You should feed your infant using a spoon. Start off with a small amount initially, one tablespoon once a day. Once you find your baby tolerates the cereal well you can feed them two to three times a day. You can then introduce your baby to vegetables and then fruits. You can introduce meats at eight months. We suggest waiting four days before trying a new food. Any rash, vomiting or diarrhea could indicate an allergy or intolerance to a food.

Please try to avoid giving any water until four months of age. Juices can be introduced at six months. Please avoid whole milk until 13 months of age, and hold off on shell fish and peanuts until three years of life. The American Academy of Pediatrics is suggesting parents wait until three years of age before giving their child peanuts or peanut butter. For more information about feeding your child please visit Gerber.

Obesity is a major problem in this country. It can be difficult to determine how much food is too much. Obesity becomes a problem after three years of age. Overweight children have been found to become overweight adults. Whenever your child has a well visit, feel free to ask how your child plots out on a graph and what Body Mass Index (BMI) percentile they have. In order to help you find out if your child is eating right and having the right amount of calories visit www.choosemyplate.gov. This site allows you to enter your child’s height, weight and food intake. It analyzes the diet and gives recommendations for an appropriate diet. Of course, you can always discuss your child’s nutrition while visiting with your pediatrician at Rainbow Pediatrics.

Important Disclaimer: The information provided on NJRainbowPediatrics.com is a supportive service for Rainbow Pediatrics. It is provided for educational purposes only and is not meant to replace the advice of the physician who cares for your child. All medical advice and information should be considered incomplete without a physical exam, which is not possible without a visit to your doctor.