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Should I call my doctor if my baby is not eating that much?

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Reasons to call your doctor include:

As a new parent, it’s key to learn to trust your instincts. If you have any concerns about your baby’s eating, check in with his doctor.

  • Dark pee or orange crystals in his diaper
  • He would rather sleep than eat
  • He won’t latch onto your breast, or he pulls away from you
  • He’s fussy right after feedings

SOURCES:

La Leche League International: “How can I tell if my baby is getting enough milk?”

Mayo Clinic: “Feeding your newborn: Tips for new parents,” “Infant and toddler health.”

HealthyChildren.org: “Amount and Schedule of Formula Feedings.”

KidsHealth from Nemours: “Formula Feeding FAQs: How Much and How Often.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Feeding Your Baby: The First Year.”

Bright Futures/AAP: “Nutrition Supervision.”

American Academy of Pediatrics: “Breastfeeding Initiatives: FAQs.”

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on March 09, 2018

SOURCES:

La Leche League International: “How can I tell if my baby is getting enough milk?”

Mayo Clinic: “Feeding your newborn: Tips for new parents,” “Infant and toddler health.”

HealthyChildren.org: “Amount and Schedule of Formula Feedings.”

KidsHealth from Nemours: “Formula Feeding FAQs: How Much and How Often.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Feeding Your Baby: The First Year.”

Bright Futures/AAP: “Nutrition Supervision.”

American Academy of Pediatrics: “Breastfeeding Initiatives: FAQs.”

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on March 09, 2018

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