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When to end purees and start soft table foods with your infant

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Julia was delighted to begin solid foods with her 6-month-old son Brandon. Brandon was a champion eater and quickly learned to manage the iron-fortified rice cereal fed to him from a spoon. As Brandon grew, Julia began introducing pureed foods to provide a more balanced diet in addition to breast milk. By 8 months, Brandon grew impatient for his mother to spoon purees into his mouth. At 10 months, Brandon was communicating he was hungry even though he had eaten three bowls of puree an hour earlier. Julia was wondering why her son had such a veracious appetite and wasn’t content after eating

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Breastfeeding tips for less than perfect beginnings

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All major global pediatric groups agree that breast milk is best for babies and exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months of life is recommended. Many hospitals have programs to promote breastfeeding and support mothers who want to breastfeed.

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Is breastfeeding your baby stressing you out? Don’t worry, you are not alone!

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Breastfeeding is natural but not always easy.  Whether you are a first time mom or a mom with previous breastfeeding experience, each baby can be a challenge depending on the character and natural tendencies of that child.

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Even the smallest preemies benefit from human touch and music

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Parents of newborns often see their babies as small wonders that need a delicate touch. However, parents of premature babies can be scared to touch their newborns because of their extremely small size. Of course, depending on the age of prematurity, some premature infants are too small to pick up because of their health needs and medical treatments. Yet, all babies including premature infants can benefit from appropriate music and touch therapy.

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