Tips On Feeding Newborn
Properly feeding newborn makes the big difference between raising a healthy and unhealthy baby. The manner you’re feeding him matters much for his first nutrition. So in the following, let’s learn all about feeding a baby, including the guidelines on breastfeeding and bottle-feeding.
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Should you breastfeed or bottle-feed?
For about up to six months, you should breastfeed the baby, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). It must also continue following solid food introduction up to his first year of life and even better if beyond.
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However, this method of feeding newborn babies might not be applicable for all first-time mothers. So whether to bottle-feed or breastfeed baby depends on your comfort level and lifestyle.
For example, some mothers are not recommended to breastfeed due to health reasons. Thus, you must be able to talk to your pediatrician to decide between formula feed and breastfeed.
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First, breast milk is your newborn’s perfect food for the complete nutrients he would need for nourishment. Its components are also easily digestible, and these include protein, such as casein and whey, as well as lactose. Although formula milk can imitate breast milk, it does not match the exact composition of the latter.
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Antibodies in breast milk also strengthen the baby’s weak immune system. They can protect your little one from illnesses, including respiratory infections and diarrheas. Breastfed babies are also less likely to develop asthma and diabetes, studies noted. They may also reduce their risk of obesity.
For moms, breastfeeding is one of the best ways to burn calories. It is also a reason breastfeeding mothers can lose weight faster than those who do not. They’re also more protected from ovarian and breast cancer versus their non-breastfeeding counterparts do.
Lastly, feeding newborn on demand with breast milk can also meet his emotional needs because of skin-to-skin contact, which can enhance your bond with each other.
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But, what are the limitations to breastfeeding?
- Commitment: Breastfeeding, you need to devote more time feeding newborn, usually every about three hours during the first three weeks. It might be tiring for some mothers, not mentioning lack of sleep they might have to deal with in the first few months of their babies.
- Job: Some moms need to go back to work, separating them from the baby. It is the reason they also choose formula feeding and hire a nanny to bottle-feed their newborn.
- Worry and Embarrassment: Some mothers do not feel comfortable breastfeeding. However, the feeling might be able to subside once the process has been set. Also, new mothers can seek the advice and instructions on how to breastfeed. Your nurse, pediatrician or lactation consultant may also be able to answer your questions about other things you want to know about breastfeeding.
Feeding Newborn Formula
A nutritious alternative to breastfeeding for mothers who cannot feed their baby for health, work and other reasons is infant formula. For most mothers, choosing this technique is better because it gives them flexibility and freedom. It also helps them easily find out how much their little one is getting.
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Formula milk also digests more slowly than breast milk. It’s why bottle-fed babies require fewer feedings versus breastfed babies do.
Using this infant feeding method, you will also find it easier to feed a hungry baby on the train, on the bus or in public. Bottle-feeding is also less tiring because older siblings or dad can share the responsibility with you and give them an opportunity to bond with your baby. However, you should always have enough formula and that the bottles are ready to use all the time.
Tips for formula feeding
- Follow the specific instructions on the formula milk label.
- Prepared bottles of milk should be good for fridge storage for up to 24 hours. Be sure to warm it before feeding.
- You should discard bottles and any formula left at room temperature for at least an hour.
- You can warm the milk formula by settling it in a pan with warm water. Warning: Do not warm formula in the microwave oven, or else the bottle will heat unevenly, leading to hot spots enough to burn his thin and fragile mouth.
Feeding Newborn: Signs Your Baby Is Hungry
- Placing his fists or hands to his mouth
- Puckering his lips as if sucking
- Nuzzling for your breasts
- Opening his mouth
- Moving his head from side to side
Do you need a feeding schedule?
No, you don’t need it. You just have to watch out for these signs. Eventually, you and your little one will be able to create a routine, letting you know when your child is hungry and when full.
You should just watch out for the signs he has had enough – spitting out the bottle, unlatching from the breast, slowing down, turning away from the bottle or breast or closing his mouth.
Overall, knowing how and when to feed newborn is essential for the nourishment of your little one. Use this guide as a reference to breastfeeding and bottle feeding as well as signs to watch out for that he’s hungry and full. Learn more about feeding your newborn today!
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