Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Today, the pendulum is swinging back in favor of breast feeding. More and more doctors recommend nursing for its ease, its nutrition and its special joy. Before you nurse, you must understand the nursing isn’t a test of your maternal ability, but the completion of a natural cycle. It is also very convenient. However, nursing is an individual decision. Your decision to breast feed is one with which you should feel comfortable. On the other hand, if your feelings are not as enthusiastic as the Earth Mother type, you may still want to give it a try. Some women who have started hesitantly have become strong advocates of breast feeding.
Monday, November 15, 2010
With parenthood comes new responsibilities, new worries. Many doubts and questions arise, and you will face many, many anxious moments. All of this begins when your baby is an infant and unfortunately, never quite ends.
Parents need to be sure that their baby is growing normally. This can be confirmed by regular physical examinations. Nevertheless, there are worries from time to time. Sometimes your baby’s nose will run, sometimes his stomach will ache. He will be a perfect little angel during the day, but a howling banshee every evening. What are you supposed to do if he get up with sticky eyes and can’t open his eyelids? And what if he is straining to pass a bowel movement?
A number of these conditions may worry new parents. But all of them are quiet normal. If you know what to expect, you should be able to take them in your stride and handle more wisely every condition as it comes up.
Sunday, November 7, 2010
Even breast-fed babies will sometimes swallow a little air. Be sure to burp him at least once during the feeding as well as afterwards. No two babies burp alike. But until you know your baby’s style, bring up the bubbles by rubbing gently up and down along his spine, especially between the shoulder blades, while he falls over your hand or your shoulder. This pressure forces more gas from the area, stomach afterwards, the last bubbles usually come up in about fifteen minutes. Some babies bring up a bit of milk now and then. This is harmless. If no burp is forthcoming, don’t try to force one; perhaps your baby hasn’t swallowed any air and doesn’t need to burp.
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Sometimes the baby refuses to drink his milk though he is hungry. This is commonly happens if the teat is blocked with milk particles and the milk does not flow in spite of Baby’s suckling. Babies also refuse milk if it is too hot or too cold, or if the milk is not to their taste (he knows his sugar and his brand). There are also times when a vacuum is created in the bottle and he is not able to suck – this is especially so if the teat is soft. The teat must be change at least once in a month.
Before feeding, check the temperature of the milk by putting a drop of milk on the back of your hand. The temperature should be just hot enough. Hold the bottle obliquely so that the teat is full of milk while feeding. If there is a vacuum, release it by lifting the edge of the teat and allowing some air to enter the bottle.