Feeding my infant

What is baby-bottle tooth decay?

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Baby-bottle tooth decay is tooth decay in very young children. It is caused by laying a child down with a bottle. It can be caused by milk, juice or water; bacteria forms when the liquid pools in the child’s mouth, and the bacteria cause the decay. Although a child with baby-bottle tooth decay will lose those baby teeth, there can be long-lasting effects on the child’s gums. Never lay your child down with a bottle.

Breastfeeding: How do I know if my baby is getting enough to eat?

Milk production follows the principle of supply and demand. The more frequently you feed, the more milk you will produce. Breastfed babies will feed every 1 ½ – 3 hours. Pumping milk or waiting for your breasts to feel full are not good measures of milk supply. To tell if your healthy newborn is getting enough, check the diaper. From the age of 5 days to 12 weeks, your baby should have at least six wet diapers (pale yellow or clear urine) and at least two bowel movements (yellow, seedy, soupy consistency) a day.

If you are not sure if your baby is getting enough, call

Breastfeeding Helpline

Call 1-800-994-9662

Please visit www.womenshealth.gov/breastfeeding

La Leche League

Call 1-800-LALECHE (1-800-525-3243)

Please visit http://lllflorida.com/lalecheleague/ or http://www.lalecheleague.org