Observe and be sensitive to the infant’s hunger, satiety, and food preferences and act promptly and appropriately to meet their feeding needs.
Each infant develops feeding skills at his/her own rate.
Consider the infant’s developmental capabilities and nutritional needs when deciding the type, amount, and texture of food and the method of feeding.
Offer food in a positive and accepting fashion without forcing or enticing the infant to eat.
Designate a comfortable place in the home for feeding and act calm and relaxed during feeding.
Have patience and take time to communicate with and learn about their infant during feeding.
Show the infant lots of love, attention, and cuddling in addition to feeding.
A good feeding relationship exists when an infant can express his/her needs and the caregiver responds to them.
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Dr Millie gives an important
advice about breastfeeding
Breastfeeding is the ideal food for infants. However, the European
Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology Hepatology and Nutrition
suggests the use of infant formulas in order to replace or supplement
breast feeding when the latter is not feasible or enough. The
composition of infant formulas should therefore simulate to nature’s
best nutritional offer to newborns: breast milk.