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Taking Your Baby Home
by Robert M. Selig, M.D., FAAP & Joann C. Cozza, D.O., FAAP

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8: What If My Baby Falls Asleep After Nursing Only On One Breast?

It is normal in the first few days of life for your baby to be very sleepy and seem disinterested in nursing. Remember, your baby will empty your breast almost completely in the first 5 7 minutes of nursing. After 7 minutes of nursing on the first breast, take your baby off gently and let him/her nurse on the other breast. If he/she falls asleep on this breast, at least the second breast will have been partially emptied.

Remember, always start the next nursing on the side that your baby finished on last or fell asleep on last. The most vigorous nursing will be done on the first side that your baby nurses. By alternating the side that your nursing on first, you will stimulate more equal milk production in your breasts. Use a safety pin in your bra strap to help remind you.


9: Bottle Feeding; What Do You Recommend?

We recommend Similac® With Iron. The iron is important for your growing baby and rarely causes constipation. If you have a preference for a different formula, please let us know. Formula is prepared to resemble breast milk and will offer your baby the proper nutrients for normal growth and development. Formula should be continued through the first year. Cow's milk is not a good substitute for formula during your baby's first year.


10: How Does The Formula Come?

Similac® With Iron and Isomil® With Iron are available in three different forms:

Ready To Feed: This requires no mixing with water. Until opened, it requires no refrigeration. It is available in 8 ounce and 32 ounce cans.

Concentrated Liquid: This form requires mixing equal amounts of water with equal amounts of the concentrated liquid directly out of the can. It is available in 13 ounce cans and when mixed with 13 ounces of water, will make a total of 26 ounces of formula. This form is less expensive than the Ready To Feed. Never change the amount of water that you add when mixing with the concentrated form.

Powder: This is packaged in 1 pound cans with a scoop for easy measuring. It is prepared by mixing 1 scoop of powder with 2 ounces of water. This is the least expensive and is convenient for traveling.

The concentrate and powder forms can be mixed with your tap water. It is not necessary to boil the water.


11: What Bottles Do You Recommend?

Parents have a choice between plastic bottles and disposable plastic bags that fit into a holder. Some bottles are angled and some are wider. In most cases, your baby will not care which you choose.


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