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Baby Feeding Delivery or Pickup

Baby Feeding Delivery or Pickup

The Instacart Buying Guide to Baby Feeding

When your baby is first born, feeding is a round-the-clock task that you'll typically need to perform 12 times in every 24-hour period. A healthy baby will gain weight steadily and be generally content between feedings. By five days old, your infant should have at least three bowel movements and six wet diapers each day if they're eating enough.

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FAQs About Baby Feeding

Babies will typically give you ample signals to let you know when they need to eat. Common hunger cues include fussing, sucking on items, rooting for the breast, and licking the lips. In general, newborns will need to eat every 2-3 hours. For the first two weeks, your baby will probably eat just one or two ounces at each feeding. By two weeks of age, your baby should be eating 2-3oz at each feeding.

As your baby grows, they will need to eat less often and consume more during each feeding. By about two months of age, babies usually eat every 3-4 hours. Around six months of age, your baby might comfortably go around five hours without eating.

You do not have to use either breastfeeding or bottle-feeding exclusively. For many mothers, a combination of breast and bottle is the best choice. You may choose to express breast milk and save it for bottle-feedings so another caretaker can feed your child when you're not available. Some mothers may also need to supplement their breast milk with formula if they're not producing enough.

As long as your baby receives adequate nutrition, any combination of breastfeeding and bottle-feeding should suffice. Your pediatrician can provide more specific recommendations on the best way to feed your baby.

There are many signals that a baby might give to let you know that they're full. It's important to watch for these signs, as there's typically no reason to try and overfeed an infant. Children under the age of six months will let you know they're full by closing their mouth, relaxing their hands, and turning their head away from the bottle or breast.

Between 6-24 months of age, babies may begin using hand signals to let you know they're full. They might make sounds of dissent or push the food away. It's best to allow your child to determine when they are finished, so that eating remains a pleasurable experience.

You do not need to burp your baby after every feeding, though it's often helpful to do so. Each child is different, so you will get a feel for how often your baby needs to burp and can respond accordingly. Babies who are breastfed usually need to burp less often than those eating from a bottle, as a baby will swallow more air using a bottle.

If your baby is uncomfortable and needs to burp, they may let you know by pulling away from the bottle or breast, squirming, or crying. If you're bottle-feeding, you might try taking a break for burps every two to three ounces. You can burp your baby by gently patting or rubbing their back while they lay against your shoulder or across your lap.

An opened jar of baby food should never sit at room temperature longer than two hours. You can keep strained fruits or vegetables in the refrigerator for 2-3 days and store them in the freezer for 6-8 months. Strained meats and eggs will last in the refrigerator for one day and can be frozen for one to two months. A meat and vegetable combination will last one to two days in the fridge and up to two months in the freezer.

A jar of solid baby food that's been opened can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Write the date on the lid of any opened baby food so you'll know how long you can safely keep it.

If you have a baby to feed, you've got enough to do without having to get out and go to the store. Just get online and order what you need through Instacart, and a shopper will do the legwork and get your items to you in as little as two hours.