After your pregnancy, do you face any challenges when trying to breast feed your baby? Don’t be distressed. As a new mother, you can learn to feed your child if you stay calm. Feeding your baby is not a difficult task. All you need is knowledge and practice. You can choose bottle feeding for some personal or health reasons. It may be easier initially compared to breast feeding. However, when it comes to feeding a baby, you need to be aware of a few things. Whichever method you use, problems may still surface.
- Let’s begin with breastfeeding. Doctors recommend that new mothers should start breast-feeding as soon as possible after giving birth. Use a circle-shaped pillow without two ends joining. This will help to position your child near to your breast without straining yourself. Sometimes, your nipples may hurt during or after feeding. You can apply some creams to relieve pain. Find one that is safe for your baby.
- Prolonged breast-feeding helps to promote birth spacing naturally. This will also benefit your health and your infant’s health as well.
- A breast-fed baby’s digestive tract carries large amounts of Lactobacillus bifidus. These bacteria prevent the development of harmful pathogens. Human milk directly from the breast is always sterile, never contaminated by dirty water or bottles. This also prevents diarrhea in the infant.
- You can also ask your husband to share the responsibilities in nursing your child. He can help to extract milk from your breast into the feeding bottles. Before giving the milk to the child, make sure the temperature is right. Once your child has finished his feed, help the child to burp by lifting the child upright and close to your chest. Slowly stroke the back of the baby until you hear the burps.
- Don’t think that bottle feeding is easy. There are some basic information you need to know. You have to use the right temperature when you are making the formula milk. You have to observe how your child lies down. Usually bottle-fed babies will receive more air. That is why they burp more often than breast-fed babies do.
- Usually a child with acid reflux will cry a lot. Most parents are not aware about this. They assume that their little ones are being cranky. You can help your baby to avoid acid reflux by feeding your baby upright. This may not look natural for feeding. However, this position will benefit your child. Babies with acid reflux need plenty of time to calm down.
Even though you may encounter problems with baby feeding, you can easily overcome them. Breast feeding or bottle-feeding may have some issues in the beginning. Don’t panic when problems arises. You can always ask your doctor or family members for baby care advice. As you overcome each challenges, feeding your infant will become a breeze.