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Maternity Nursing

Updated on July 2, 2009

Prepare yourself for feeding your baby

One of the most daunting tasks you face as a new mother is feeding your baby. Maternity nursing is not something one pays too much attention to before the baby gets there.

Sure we get a crib, buy the clothes and paint up the nursery, but do we have any idea what to do with the hungry kid who is born? It is supposed to be motherly instinct that is supposed to guide you in the chore of breast feeding.

The truth is nothing can prepare you for the task till you truly face it. The amount of prior reading up you do will help you understand what you are going through at that time. So it does make sense to read what you can.

It also helps to talk with other young mothers who are breast feeding so that you are aware of the more practical aspect of nursing your baby. Many pointers and tips will be freely shared by these more experienced moms. So take advantage of their experience.

Breast Feeding can continue from birth to six moths.
Breast Feeding can continue from birth to six moths.

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The right way?

Sitting Up

The position you use to feed your baby will make a big difference to your comfort and the baby's satisfaction. All babies are happy to be fed, but the mother should pick the most comfortable position for the process. Sitting with the baby in the hand is a popular position. This does cause strain in the arm muscles. Personally I would sit up in a sofa with a pile of pillows on my lap and place the baby on them.Then put his head in the crook of my elbow and position him for feeding.

Lying Down

A lot of mothers prefer to lie down and feed the baby. This is very convenient and the hands don't hurt. My doc advised me not to, because there is a tendency for both mother and child to drift off to sleep during the feed. This means no burping and then colic troubles. The wind should be passed after ever feed to ensure that this does not happen.

From the Bottle

Pumping out breast milk and feeding it to the baby from a bottle has become quite popular now. Specially if the mother is working and the care taker is with the child for the major portion of the day. The bottles need to be sterilized well in this case. Also, the child will find it easier to suckle from the bottle and may not take to the breast at all after the bottle has been introduced.

All of these ways of nursing have their own pros and cons. You need to pick the ideal combinition from your experience. Nothing is ideal with children as each kid is different. You need to experiment and come up with the right way for your own needs.


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    • cashmere profile image

      cashmere 8 years ago from India

      You said it, if the hubby is supportive, breasfeeding is much easier.

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      advisor4qb 8 years ago from On New Footing

      It is also good to have lanolin on hand. I breastfed all of my children. JPS0138, I am so happy to see a man be supportive of his wife while she is breastfeeding. My husband was very judgmental and made my life difficult by saying it was perverted. I persisted with it, though, as I felt it was just fine.

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      JPSO138 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines, International

      My child was breastfeed by my wife for about two years. I believe that breastfeeding brings more benefits than using processed milk. But given the situation, people may resort to using the later considering the every busy life. Well, great hub indeed.

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      Gypsy Willow 8 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Breast is best! I fed my babies, the last one for two yrs. It was always a delight, never a chore!

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      Philipo 8 years ago from Nigeria

      Breast milk is the best option.

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      Cashmere Lashkari 8 years ago

      I did a combination of lactogen and breast feeding for the first six months, then he shifted to the bottle for the next year.

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      kiran8 8 years ago from Mangalore, India

      Great hub ! Breast feeding is of course the best option, but for working mothers the best option would be the bottle feed, or Cow's milk diluted 2/3 proprtion. I did that with my children...

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      Candie V 8 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

      Breast feeding is the best.. wish I could have done it longer, but had to return to work, and away from him for 12 hours the pump wasn't an option.. Thank you Cashmere!!