How often should my baby eat, and how should I deal with any feeding problems?

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Whether you're breast or bottle-feeding, you're likely to have questions. Ask your doctor or hospital staff for names of lactation consultants, in case you have any breastfeeding problems. A qualified consultant in newborn baby care will help you and your baby get off to a good start. Breast milk is the "perfect food" for newborn babies for at least the first four months of life. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that breastfeeding continue for at least 12 months, and thereafter for as long as mother and baby desire. It provides benefits, such as protecting against infections through the transfer of maternal antibodies, that no formula can.

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