Nursing and feeding tricks
Having a baby is like entering a long tunnel. you can’t see the end and you wonder what you’ve gotten yourself into. you emerge five years later having had less sleep then you might have wished, but thinking it wasn’t that rough after all. difficult days become difficult to remember.
Don’t worry if you don’t feel overwhelming love for your infant immediately. It often takes time, perhaps months, for real parental love as well as attachment to develop. Relax and enjoy the developing bond between you and your baby. Despite the newness of caring for your first baby, It won’t take you so long to become an old hand at baby care. Baby don’t arrive with attach instructions, but they do express their need.
Dressing sense for breastfeeding
- Keep a cardigan sweater, scarf or receiving blanket handy for a quick covering.
- If you are concerned about modesty, unbutton your blouse from the bottom, or wear a cotton t-shirt or pullover that’s easily lifted up. Your baby’s head will cover your bare midriff, and the t-shirt will cover your breast.
- Wear printed tops to make stains less visible if you leak .
- To prevent leaks from soaking through your bra cups, use soft handkerchiefs , three or four layers cut from an old undershirt, two-to-three-inch circles of terry clothes and stitched together, or a sanitary napkin or diaper cut to fit. Half a panty liner may be all you need. Nursing pads and other commercial products are also available.
- Wear a stretch bra that can be lifted up for nursing. Some women buy nursing bras before they go to the hospital, getting a size larger (and a cup size larger) than what they wore during pregnancy, but this doesn’t work for every woman consider buying a bra extender in sewing notions department for extra ”give” you may need.
Formula feeding or bottle feeding
A baby’s food needn’t be warm, but it goes against the grain for some parents to serve up a cold bottle. While bottle feeding, a fancy electric bottle warmer isn’t necessary. Every time prior to feeding baby through bottle, test the temperature of the milk by squirting a drop on your wrist. If it feels comfortably warm, then it’s okay for baby. While it isn’t critical for development, some parents hold their baby in arm, to help the infant develop good eye muscle coordination. Be extremely cautious when warming a bottle of formula in a microwave. Formula heats unevenly and can scald your baby’s mouth. Make sure to shake bottle until mixed very well and try testing on your wrist. If it is too warm, add more formula and vice-versa.
Avoid heating expressed breastmilk in a microwave, since it may reduce anti-infective properties. Cool an over-warmed bottle bottle by adding some cold milk or formula from refrigerator. Warm a bottle by standing it in a couple of inches of hot water in a bowl, pan, mug, or other container. Or run hot tap water over the bottle. Shake it occasionally to warm the contents evenly. Thaw a bottle of frozen breastmilk by letting it stand at room temperature until thawed, by running it under lukewarm water and gently turning (not shaking) the bottle, or by letting it sit in a pan of warm water. Never thaw it in a microwave, as this may reduce anti-infective properties. Freeze expressed breastmilk in small amounts (two to four ounces) in clean glass or hard plastic bottles. allow some room for expansion during freezing.
Mark the storage date and use before six months. Thawed breastmilk should be consumed within forty-eight hours. Freeze expressed breastmilk in an ice cube tray .(Each cube is about one ounce.) Store the cubes in a plastic bag, and mark the storage date. Defrost the cubes in a liquid measuring cup and pour into a bottle. If you’re traveling and need to keep formula or breastmilk cold, put reusable, self-filled, plastic frozen ice balls in the bottles. they won’t dilute the formula or breastmilk. Or keep the bottles in a small cooler. If you want to take the chill out of a bottle when eating out, ask for a glass half-filled with hot water and place the bottle in the glass for a minute or more
- Keep you baby awake and sucking by gently rubbing her cheek.
- Stop an older baby who bites while nursing by pinching your baby’s earlobe just hard enough to be a distraction.
- Experiment with various breast pumps, If possible, to find the one that works best for you.
- If you are engorged and your baby isn’t ready to nurse, express some milk in a warm shower or bath, or place a warm compress on your breast before expressing milk.
- Some babies find it hard to settle down against slippery nylon or polyester. If you are wearing a shirt of either fabric, slip a diaper or receiving blanket between you and your baby.
- If you baby falls asleep while nursing, change the diaper to make baby wake-up, during you are ready to change breast.
- When you want to stop nursing, put your finger in the corner of your baby’s mouth to break the suction and ease the infant off your breast.
- Keep track of which breast you started on last time by transferring a safety pin from one bra strap to other. Or move a light weight expandable bracelet or fabric hair from one wrist to another. Few women use a ring that loose enough to transfer from hand to hand.
Comfort set-up for nursing
- when nursing your baby on chilly nights , wrap up in a big blanket or get into a snuggle sack together. Or have a sweater or robe available. Your milk will flow better if you’re warm and cozy.
- Use a big pillow with arms, or a C-shaped nursing pillow, for breastfeeding in bed. some nursing pillows have Velcro straps that fasten around the mother’s back.
- Protect linens and blankets while nursing in bed by covering them with a crib-size waterproof pad.
- Place a thermos with a warm drink, or a sports bottle filled with a cool drink, near the area warm drink, or a sports bottle filled with a cool drink, near the area where you’ll be feeding your baby, so you can have the drink you need. keep a few energy bars there, too.
- Select a cushioned rocker, armchair, or sofa for nursing while sitting up. Choose one with low arms to rest your arms to rest your arms on, and put a pillow under your nursing arm for added support. If you’re thinking about buying a rocker, remember that a wooden one will be easier to clean than an upholstered one, though perhaps not as comfortable.
Cleaning till sterilizing, feeding essentials
Use your vegetables steamer basket to help clean or sterilize nipples, rings, and bottles. Open the steamer and turn it over to keep all the pieces under its umbrella in a pot of boiling water. While sterilizing bottles is no longer considered necessary, some parents like to use this procedure the first time they use the bottles or when their children are sick. Don’t be afraid to wash bottles in the dishwasher, place then in a zip-up mesh bag like the ones used to wash pantyhose, or use a plastic basket designed for this purpose. Clean nipples and glass bottles by boiling them in water in a glass jar in the microwave. A teaspoonful of vinegar in the water will prevent hard water deposits in the jar. Use denture cleaner tablets to clean glass baby bottles. let the bottles soak for half an hour according to directions.
Swish with a bottle brush and rinse. Rinse out empty bottles as soon as possible, or you’ll find “cottage cheese” in them later. If you don’t have a bottle brush, put warm water and some dry rice in the bottle, and shake to scrub out milk rings. To get rid of a sour-milk smell, fill the bottles with warm water, add a teaspoon of baking soda, shake well, and let stand overnight. Remove juice stains by putting baking soda and warm water in the bottle and scrubbing with a bottle brush. If you don’t have a bottle brush, use a pastry brush or something similar. Clean bottles by putting a dab of toothpaste on your bottle brush and just enough water to scrub them clean. Wash dirty bottles before going to bed at night, and fill them with the proper amount of water so they’ll be ready for night time or next day mixing.
For an even flow :- Regulate the flow of formula by loosening the bottle collar if the flow is too slow, or tightening it if the flow is too fast. Enlarge nipple holes, if necessary, by inserting toothpicks and boiling the nipples for three minutes, or by sticking a very hot needle into the nipple for few times. If the hole is too big, toss the nipple and start using the extras you bought. To prevent powdered formula from lumping, put the powder in first, then add water. Cap the bottle and pinch the nipple shut, and shake vigorously. Or use a wire whisk and warm water to help dissolve formula more easily. Eliminate air from bottle with disposable liners by pressing up on the liner until the liquid reaches the tie of the nipple. This allow your baby to drink in an upright position. Have your older baby use bottle straws inserted into traditional nipples. Formula will flow evenly no matter what position the bottle is in.