Caring For Your Newborn: Part 2

It is sometimes difficult to tell when your baby is ill but you may have a funny feeling something is just not right. If you are worried get the baby checked out preferably by a medically knowledgeable person. It is better to be safe than sorry.

Caring For Your Newborn

For a lot of mothers the excitement and pleasure of the new baby numbs out all their problems but some women feel low or depressed especially when they feel very tired or feel like they are not taking care of their baby as they would like.

Feeding Your Baby: Bottle Feeds

When you are preparing formula milk, always follow the instructions on the tin. The milk powder has been carefully balanced for your baby so do not be tempted to add extra powder to make a “stronger feed” as this could be harmful to your baby.

Feeding Your Baby: Storage

To thaw frozen milk, hold the bag or bottle under warm water until it’s a comfortable temperature or let it defrost in the refrigerator overnight. Don’t use the microwave for defrosting or warming, because it kills the nutrients in breast milk and hot spots can develop.

Feeding Your Baby: Common Issues

After a feed, gentle back rubbing with your baby lying against your shoulder or held forward on your lap may bring up some wind that would make them uncomfortable.

Feeding Your Baby: Positioning

Comfortable nursing requires correct positioning of the baby at the breast. These are some tips to help you develop your own technique. Observing someone else breastfeed or practicing with an experienced nursing mother or a lactation consultant may also help.