Infant 2 – 6 months
Milk feeds make up the entire diet at this stage of your babies life. When your baby is 2 or 3 months old, he begins to interact. He watches, smiles, jabbers, and reaches out to get your attention and to keep you close. That shows him you love him and teaches him to love you back. Don’t worry about spoiling him. You can’t spoil a tiny baby, nor can you over feed a tiny baby. Continue to feed on demand.
By now you should be more comfortable with the breast feeding process and may even feel comfortable to feed in public places. Feed your baby when he wants to eat, when he is wide-awake and calm.
Let him eat his way – much or little, fast or slowly, steady or start-and-stop.
Bring him to the supper table with you when you eat. He loves being with you, and he begins learning what eating is all about.
Wait to start solids until he can sit up, open his mouth when he sees something coming, and close his lips over the spoon. This is commonly between 4-6 months of age.
Talk or play awhile after feeding. Put him to bed when he’s calm and drowsy and let him put himself to sleep.
Remember you are responsible for the what of feeding – breastmilk. Your baby is responsible for everything else – when, where, how much, how fast.