Time, Energy, Money and Sanity Saving Tips for New moms
Mother Nature Provides
There is lots of controversy in the media regarding breastfeeding at the moment, everybody has their own idea about what's best for baby in terms of nutrition and timing of feeds etc.
My advice is simply, Mother nature knows best, she doesn't get it wrong - ever. Your body comes completely equipped with everything your baby needs for optimum survival, otherwise women would've been created with tins of formula instead of breasts!
Benefits of Breastfeeding include:
1. Milk is always available on demand, no heating, cooling, cleaning bottles
2. Milk is always EXACTLY the right temperature and nutritional content that YOUR baby needs - its a customised meal every time.
3. No bottles required, no sterilizing of bottles required, no worrying over which teat baby will like and which he / she will reject...it just works
4. No formula, no money spent on buying formula, no worrying about rejection of formula or lactose intolerance etc.
5. No measuring! The more baby drinks, the more your body produces, simple. No worrying about measuring and making too much or too little or throwing away bottles of stinking sour milk!
6. Amazing mommy baby bonding time. There is a sense of contentment and peace that comes from resting and nursing your baby quietly and just marveling at those little miraculous fingers and toes!
Once your a breastfeeding Mum you will of course have to invest in some breastfeeding bra's or tops with built in bras but thankfully you can wear these for years.
It Doesn't Have to be a Bummer!
Nowadays there are so many extra concerns to worry about when it comes to choosing diapers and I'm not just talking about your baby's health but the planet's too!
So, I've opted to keep it simple, I couldn't endure the guilt of burying tons of plastic into the soil. I've bought these amazingly easy to use bamboo nappies to use during the day. They're shaped just like disposables and you pop an inner lining in them to help absorb the nasties.
Pop straight into your washing machine at the end of the day with baby's other soiled clothes - no soaking or stinky buckets. Once a month I use a bar of sunlight/ vanish soap or I soak in a tub of water, white vinegar and baking soda overnight and then wash again and voila, spotless, ready to use diapers! They have saved me from guilt as well as a ton of worry over the cost of disposables.
I use one pack of disposables a month for night time and weekends / holidays.
The great thing about bamboo nappies is that they use a range of poppers and so are one size fits all! Its a once off investment and if you are planning to have more than one baby can save you even more than the estimated R 12000 p/year!
The Dreaded Rash Debacle
I have seen mums go through every product on the market when their babies get nappy rashes and I know how heartbreaking it can be to see your little one struggle!
My daughter is now 7 month sold and has had one nappy rash, for all of one day. The trick? Baby jelly (petroleum jelly) and coconut oil!
Coconut oil is a natural antimicrobial and will help kill the nasty bacteria that is hurting your baby to begin with.
The petroleum jelly I have found to be far more friendly on baby's skin, I have 4 tubs of Bennet's zinc cream that I haven't even bothered to open because its like smearing toothpaste!
Give your baby a break from acidic solids for a day or two, stick to as much fresh produce as possible and give them the coconut oil in both a bath and gently apply to the infected area and voila, a fresh, happy touche!
Individuals Need to be Treated like Just That!
Every baby is different, some will need a feed every hour and some will sleep blissfully for 3 hours at a time.
Take the first few weeks as an exploration time rather than feeling the need to do everything perfectly. As long as baby is fed, changed, loved and allowed to sleep when she needs it, she'll be perfectly happy! Don't worry so much that you're getting it wrong. If you don't have time to bath her every day - thats ok! (in fact, science now proves that over bathiong baby can cause eczema!)
After a couple of week's of watching your baby and keeping an eye on the time when they ask for things, you'll notice that they have their own routine....now you can shift it a little each way by a few minutes to settle into your routine. For example, my little girl used to need a feed every 1.5 hours with just a teeny 10 minute nap inbetween1 I used to absolutely freak out but then realised she was sleeping quite well at night and since she's only going to be a baby for a really short time i decided i would just relax and watch movies or read articles whilst feeding her on our bed. She got the milk, nutrition and closeness to mommy she needed and I managed to study to whole online courses and catch up on all my series!
As time has gone by she has settled in a little more and now drinks every 2-3 hours and naps 3 times a day for 30 minutes or more. Its organic and baby's schedule changes as they get older and their needs change. Just relax and take it one day at a time. Before you know it your baby will be walking, talking and then asking for takeout and the car keys!