- Education and Science»
- Medicine & Health Science
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.
Are breast fed babies healthier than bottle fed babies?
The right way?
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.
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.