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When a baby is born, the main thing for him — enough food to eat, sleep, and physical contact with the mother. Breastfeeding can satisfy his basic needs. First, Mother's milk is the optimal food for the baby that is always at hand, has the right temperature and the desired composition. Secondly, milk — it's not just the food but also medicine (contains antibodies and immune complexes against various pathogens). Third, Breastfeeding — a great sedative, which can also boast soporific effect. And of course, it provides a useful physical and psychological contact with the child's mother, affecting their understanding and development of the baby.

Previously mothers urged feed the baby on the regime — In strictly certain hours, and as soon as possible to give upnight feedings. These requirements often lead to discomfort as the baby and mother, and helped to reduce, if notcessation of milk production (lactation). Now most progressive pediatricians recommend feeding "on demand" child, when the frequency and duration of feedings is determined solely by the desire kid.

Unfortunately, there are situations where mothers are forced to give up breast feeding and switch tobottle-feeding baby. Currently in stores selling a range of infant formulas that differ in composition and intended for children of all ages. Do not experiment itself — the competent pediatrician can help you find the best food for a baby.

Baby growing, and many moms can not wait to teach him to adult food. Do not rush! According to modern standards, it is not recommended introduce solid foods to5-6-month age. By following the correct timing and sequence of introduction of complementary foods, you can avoid problems with digestion and reduce the risk of allergic reactions.

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