Guide To Feeding A Baby

So you had a baby? Congratulations! Your little bundle of joy will surely never be a disappointment to you or anyone else because, as you already know, your child is special! In order to ensure that your child grows healthy and strong over the next couple of months he or she will need all of the special nutrients and vitamins that are only available from the baby’s mother herself, and in this case, that person is YOU! I can understand the trepidation that you may be feeling about breastfeeding your child but fear not; women have been doing this for dozens of years, maybe even longer. Hopefully you have a loving and supportive man in your life that can offer his approval, because according to www.womenshealth.gov the father’s support of her breastfeeding has the ability to make the mother feel more confident and able to do anything. I am certain that you have attended a class or two already that has instructed you on what to be prepared for, such as the obvious nipple soreness and plugged ducts that one may receive when breastfeeding, but this instructional will inform you on the basics of breastfeeding.

The Hold

There are four different positions that can be utilized when breastfeeding, and none of them are inverted, so if your baby is upside down rotate him or her 180 degrees so he or she is right side up. This will help the baby learn to swallow easier. The four proper holds are: The Cradle, The Cross Cradle, The Football, and my personal favorite, The Side-Lying Position. The Cradle is where you, as the mother, would cradle your bundle of joy with the head on your forearm and the body facing you. The Cross Cradle is where you cradle your baby in the opposite arm of the breast you are administering. It is exceptionally important to remember to cradle your baby’s head with your hand in this one, if you don’t your baby’s head will flop around like a rag doll, and this is what we in the industry refer to as “bad.” The Football is great for more control of the baby’s head if your baby prefers to be upright. In order to practice this hold borrow a football, and see how the Heisman Trophy holds it. The goal here is to have your baby almost all the way under the arm. The Side-Lying Position is for those days where you barely have the energy to stand. You lie on your side with the baby facing you and support yourself with your arm. This will allow you lie down for a few minutes while your baby dines.

The Latch

Since you can hold your baby to nipple but can’t make them feast here is a little go-to trick in order to get your baby to latch on. First you want to tickle your baby’s lips with the nipple. This will get the baby to open his or her mouth. Oddly enough, the same trick can be used with the father, but hopefully for other reasons. Then carefully bring your baby closer being sure that the chin and lower lip are landing against the breast first. This area is where the double chin that we all dread having may show up later in life. Aim for there. Then making sure that the lower lip is as far away from the nipple as his or her little mouth can handle ease the head over the nipple assuring that the baby has gotten a mouthful of breast. At this moment your baby should begin to suckle.

The Frequency

We all need that baby to grow up strong and healthy for all the great things that it will certainly one day do. Who knows, it may one day write a groundbreaking instructional on breastfeeding. So be sure to feed that baby often. You want to feed it very shortly after you give birth and then 8 to 12 times every day. Your baby will probably look a little chubby. Not to worry. This just means that your baby is a healthy weight. If the baby is skinny it probably means you are malnourishing your child. Feed the baby more.

The Beginning of Real Food

When your baby gets between 4 and 6 months he or she will undoubtedly be curious about what you have on your plate and may start reaching out for different things that appear interesting. This is a normal sign and a great indicator that your child may be ready to start on solid foods. You want to begin with very soft things, such as mashed potatoes or oatmeal. Mashed avocado is also a great choice as this will help your child to like it as an adult and will be more accepted by his or her peers. It is not recommended to give the child anything that has peppers or hot sauce at this age because he or she will not know if you are feeding or torturing him or her, and you don’t want your child not to trust you, not until they are at least teenagers.

Remember, your baby is the future. Treat him or her well and let them lead the way. Show him or her all the beauty he or she possesses inside. This begins by making sure that your baby is kept healthy and full of the proper nutrients and vitamins that your baby will need in order to grow up to solve all the problems of the world. Your baby is special, and everybody else’s will fail because they did not take this exceptionally informative brochure seriously. Share this with your friends and family members that will soon be bringing their own little bundle of joy into this world so that everyone will know the importance of and the proper way to feed your infant. Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoy my next brochure When Corporal Punishment Is Acceptable

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References

Women’s Health. (2012). Learning to Breastfeed. Retrieved from:   http://womenshealth.gov/breastfeeding/learning-to-breastfeed/

Breast Feeding Inc. (2012). Starting Solid Foods. Retrieved from:    http://breastfeedinginc.ca/content.php?pagename=doc-SSF

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