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Nursing & Feeding
Nursing has its own benefits for both, the new mom as well as the newborn equally. Mothers who breastfeed have reduced type 2 diabetes, find it easier to lose postpartum weight, and also strengthen their bonding with the newborn easily through breastfeeding. Similarly, for the newborn, feeding on breastmilk helps supply all necessary nutrients in proper proportions, protects them against allergies, sickness, and obesity.
Why Breastfeeding is Important?
Breastfeeding is the most natural and convenient way to feed your baby. It’s also very beneficial to your baby’s well-being. Even if you’re not comfortable breastfeeding in public, you can still do it in a private place, such as a bathroom stall, with a breastfeeding cover. When pressured to put your baby on a bottle of formula, don’t feel pressured to stop breastfeeding. You can mix breast milk with formula at a ratio of 10% breast milk to 90% formula. This way you can still both breastfeed and give your baby a bottle. Make sure to take care of your nipples while breastfeeding! Make sure to gently push on the nipples before placing your baby on the breast.
What are the best ways to get started?
Have a Checklist on everything new moms must know about nursing and need to nurse! Since this is a topic that has been around for centuries, it shouldn’t be too difficult to research and learn.
The Essentials You Need for Nursing
- If you’re looking to get the most out of breastfeeding your new baby, here are a few things to get you started on the right foot.
- Make sure your baby is given a clean, soft blanket to lay on for nursing.
- Unless you have a really old or used one, a nursing pillow is a great investment.
- 4-6 weeks old is generally a good time to start supplementing with a bottle while nursing after a feeding.
- Try to nurse at least 10 times in a 24 hour period.
- Try to nurse while laying on your side or on your stomach. It will be more comfortable and it will reduce the chances of clogged milk ducts.
Nursing and Feeding Essentials:
It is important to have a breast pump, body pillow, and a few other breastfeeding accessories like a nursing bra, nursing pajamas, breastfeeding pillow, and a nipple cream will do to ease feeding for a first-time mom.
The breast pump is important for when mom wants to take a little break with the baby when she is feeding. Bottle feeding or pumping, you want to make sure you have the right quantity of milk so when your baby is filled fully. The features of the best breast pump include higher suction with different speeds for different flow rates, double pumping to help the mother pump more milk, and a closed system to collect milk.
A nursing bra and nursing pajamas help a new mom breastfeed without any complexity. It is important to find the best-fitting nursing bra and pajamas including the type of material of the cloth. The best features of a good nursing bra are wide-set nursing clips, look for bras that are seams-free for skin-to-skin contact on the chest, adjustable straps for better fit, thicker lining on the inside of the bra, fewer clasps help with latch, more on the cup area on the top of the bra for better full coverage, more on the back of the bra to cover nipples, thin pads on the nipples to avoid painful rubbing of the skin.
The best features of the nursing pajamas are roomy bottom to cover the diaper, a pullover top to keep clothes from getting wet, and pockets to keep the remote and burp cloth close at hand.
The breastfeeding pillow is very important during the early weeks of the newborn. Pillows can be helpful to support a mother’s back or arms after the baby is latched, but existing cushions or pillows of the bed can also serve this purpose. Hence, it is totally up to the mother to choose whether she wants this breastfeeding accessory or not. Depending on her comfort and budget. The right breastfeeding comes with features such as a contoured shape to fit a mother’s chest and the ability to store the pillow when it is not in use.
As natural as breastfeeding is, it doesn’t always feel natural, particularly at the beginning when your nipples are dry, cracked, chapped, itchy, or even bleeding. Hence, Nipple creams provide much-needed relief before, during, and after feedings.
For a newborn baby who is feeding on breastmilk, there are must-haves such as a newborn pacifier, baby bibs, and other feeding accessories such as feeding bottles, teats, and steam sterilizers.
Baby bibs protect the baby’s clothes from accidentally spilled breastmilk. You can purchase different designs of bibs with a variety of colors according to the baby’s clothes. The right baby bib is the one that has good coverage and also has a layer of protection to keep the baby and the clothes dry and stain-free.
Newborn pacifiers are a must-have without any second questions! Pacifiers are usually given to satisfy a baby’s sucking needs, as well as to soothe a baby. However, pacifiers have been the subject of controversy as to whether they should be given to a child as early as a newborn as it can affect a child’s teeth as they grow. In order to prevent any potential issues down the line, it’s a good idea to wait a little while before giving your child a pacifier.
Other baby feeding accessories such as feeding bottles, teats, and bottle sterilizers are important once you start substituting bottle-feeding in-between breastfeeding now and then. While purchasing baby bottles, you need to keep in mind that bottles come in different shapes and volumes, which you might need to substitute while your baby grows.
The teats can range in size, material, shape, and cost. It is important to purchase two-three teats so that you can sterilize them in boiling water when needed. The bottle sterilizers, on the other hand, require a longer time in a slightly higher temperature to sterilize. The teats should be sterilized in boiled water every time the baby is going to use a new one.