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You should feed your baby on demand whenever your baby appears to be hungry. Cues to look for include smacking or licking lips, opening and closing mouth and sucking on lips, tongue or hands. Your pediatrician will help guide you on how to adjust amounts of formula offered and which nipples to use for bottles.
In the hospital, new bottles of formula are good only for one hour at room temperature. Throw away any formula not taken in one hour. Some additional tips to keep in mind:
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