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Bottle Feeding and Formula: Expert Q&A

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How often should I stop to burp my baby?

You may not have to interrupt your baby's bottle to burp. If your baby is full-term, she may take her entire bottle and then burp at the end. If your baby is premature, he may need to burp several times and your pediatrician will likely talked to you with advice on when and how to do it. To burp, hold your baby upright on your shoulder or support him in a sitting position while gently rubbing or patting his back.  

When should you put rice cereal in formula?

Only if your baby has been diagnosed with reflux and your pediatrician has told you to add it. Normally, you only feed rice cereal by spoon, starting when your baby is four months old.

Is it OK to feed a storebrand of formula?

Ask your baby's doctor. She'll tell you which storebrand is the same as the formula you're feeding now.

Do I have to use formula for the whole first year of life or can I switch to milk at 9 months?

I would use formula for your baby's first year. At your one-year well-child visit, talk to your pediatrician about switching to whole milk, soy milk, or nut-based milk.

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Reviewed on March 14, 2014

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