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Feeding to nappies

From nappy rash to feeding - learn more.

Breastfeeding

Breast milk provides the ideal nutrition for infants. 

The NHS recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of your baby’s life.

How often should I breastfeed my baby? And, for how long per feed?

Giving birth to a premature baby means there may be additional challenges when it comes to breastfeeding.

Here's the truth behind some common myths about nursing a baby.

As a new mum, one of the best things you can do for yourself and your baby is to eat a healthy diet.

Here are a few things to consider about breast pumping.

Here are some accessories which might be useful for a breastfeeding mum.

Where should I store expressed breast milk?

Mastitis is a painful condition affecting up to 1 in 10 mothers while breastfeeding.

Learn how you will need to make changes in your diet because cows' milk proteins can pass into your breast milk.

Bottle feeding

Breast milk is the perfect food for baby, with numerous advantages over infant formula, especially in the first six months or so.

If the baby needs to be bottle fed – here are some tips.

When it comes to baby bottles, teats, bibs and more, you’ve got a lot of choices

Special feeding bottles for premature babies are available, designed to help a baby with a poor sucking reflex.

It's important to thoroughly clean and sterilise any bottles and teats to reduce the chances of your baby getting sick.

How do you choose the right baby formula?

If you are bottle-feeding your infant, or giving infant formula as well as breast milk, this will mean using a recommended infant formula that does not contain cows' milk protein.

Baby food and weaning

Weaning is the gradual introduction of solid foods into the diet of your baby.

Government guidelines recommend waiting until around six months before weaning a full-term baby, but what about a premature baby?

Seven common baby feeding problems.

There are many baby developmental milestones when it comes to eating solid foods. 

In addition to breast milk or baby formula, here are the solid foods you can introduce to your baby’s diet at each new stage of development.

What foods are most likely to cause allergies in babies?

There are lots of reasons why we should eat foods that are in season.

When you are ready to wean your infant with a cows' milk allergy, you will need to avoid giving your child foods that have cows' milk protein in them, which includes some baby foods.

Tummy troubles

If a baby's poo is suddenly much looser or more watery and is more frequent and profuse, the baby may have diarrhoea.

Here are some common problems that you may come across when feeding your infant, along with some possible causes and solutions.

Cows' milk protein is one of the most common food allergies in the UK, affecting about 7% of infants who are formula-fed or fed both formula and breast milk.

Excessive wind in babies is due usually to air swallowing during feeding.

About one in five of all infants suffer from colic - spates of crying that go on for hours for no apparent reason.

Regurgitating food after feeding is common for babies, with reflux or possetting affecting around 40% of them.

When food brought up doesn’t actually come out of the mouth, this is called silent reflux.

Possetting is normal in small babies. It's when small amounts of milk are brought back up.

Why does my baby get hiccups?

Unfortunately, colic is not a well-understood condition.

What causes regurgitation in babies?

What causes heartburn in infants and children?

Necrotising enterocolitis (NEC) is a rare but serious condition of the bowel which predominantly affects premature babies.

Nappies

A baby will fill 5,353 nappies before he or she learns to use a potty or toilet.

Cloth vs disposable: It's the great nappy debate.

One of the big choices parents have to make is whether to use washable or disposable nappies.

Nappy bother? Find troubleshooting tips?

Do I worry when the colour turns green? Is the milk causing a problem? Is my baby's digestion on track?

There are a lot of misconceptions about what constipation is and its significance in babies.

Nappy rash is a common skin condition affecting the skin of a baby’s nappy area.

Potty training is a big milestone for a child.

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