Here in my Baby-Station at all-your-baby-needs.com I pride myself in helping new parents to gain the knowledge & understanding as they bring a precious life into the world. In these next few articles I am going to give some insight on your baby’s development, breastfeeding your baby, your babies health, milestones, & what you can expect.
It can sometimes be scary, but I promise you “it is not that bad”.
You will do great!
The four keys to being a good parent are….
- Love Your Baby
- Be Patient With Your Baby
- Give Your Baby Guidance
- Be Understanding of Your Babies wants and Needs
It is very important that you know how to take care of your baby….
I wanted to give some information to help you in the growth of your baby. The first several weeks are very magical, but also hard. Understanding your baby’s constant needs can keep you feeling tired and overwhelmed as you learn how to feed your baby as well as helping them sleep. Don’t let this discourage you because it does get easier as you fall into the roll of parenting and before you know it…. You truly become an expert!
The life of a baby is pretty simple: they sleep, eat, poop, pee & cry. We have to remember that crying is really the only way that your baby can communicate his/her needs. You will have to decode his/her cries so that you will know the difference between “I’m hungry, I’m uncomfortable & I need a change”. As your baby learns you, you too will learn your baby.
Your baby has a set of reflexes designed to protect them & to ensure they get the care that they need even if you parenting instincts have not kicked in yet.
- The Rooting Reflex – Helps baby find the breast or bottle for feeding.
- The Sucking Reflex – Helps baby eat.
- The Palmar Reflex – Makes baby grip your finger when you place it in baby’s palm.
- The Moro Reflex – The jumpy reaction baby has when startled.
Your Baby’s Senses….
From the moment your baby is born, all of his/her senses are at work. Vision, hearing, taste, touch & smell are some of the many senses that your baby uses as soon as he/she is born.
Vision – Your baby has puffy eyes from the delivery & the antibiotic ointment that was applied after birth, so your baby’s vision is blurry but he/she can see your face & other objects that are close-up. Be sure you hold them about 8 to 12 inches in front of your baby. That is his/her range of vision. You may also notice that your baby’s eyes will sometimes cross due to the fact that the muscles that control eye movement are not yet fully developed. This is normal, no need at all to worry.
Hearing – while your baby’s hearing is not completely developed, your child is already very familiar with your voice & other sounds that he/she heard during the time in the womb.
Touch – Your baby’s sense of touch is the most developed sense at the time of birth. Your baby learns the softness of your face & hands. The feeling of love from being held, cuddled, played with & talked to. This time is very important for your and your new baby, it is the time that you & your baby bond.
Smell – Soon after your baby is born, he/she will recognize your sent!
It is important that you breast feed your baby if you can. There are many benefits to giving your baby breast milk, it contains antibodies that can be engineered. Babies that are breast fed tend to have fewer colds, sinus infections, ear infections, allergies, diarrhea, & constipation.
Over a long period of time, breastfeeding your baby will help keep them from getting breast cancer & ovarian cancer. Also the physical contact will help you bond with your baby because it forces you to sit still & focus on nurturing him/her. Nursing is the time that your little one is totally content & there is nothing else that you should be doing. Breastfeeding releases “Mothering Hormones, like prolactin – which helps keep the baby-blues away, oxytocin – which helps the uterus contract & it also burns calories.
The first several day you will feel extreme tenderness. It won’t last, once you baby learns to properly latch on the discomfort will should diminish during each nursing session & completely go away with time. If you do get shooting pains, please don’t ignore them. If you have a knot in your breasts accompanied by soreness, & redness, this could be a sign of a plugged milk duct. This can lead to Mastitis- which is a nasty infection that requires antibiotics.
Your Pediatrician can show you how to adjust your babies chin to improve his/her lazy suck.
It is good to keep taking your prenatal vitamins, you need plenty of calcium & drink at least 64 ounces of water daily while nursing your baby. “A new mom must stay hydrated & eat right. You are going to need an extra 300 to 500 calories daily & get plenty of rest.
If for some reason, you need to take medicine be sure that you check with your doctor because most medicines are fine in breast milk-but not all. Be sure you take it at least two hours before a feeding so that the alcohol can leave your system.
Breastfeeding is easy & convenient. There is no messy clean-up, it is warm, available when you need it & one less thing that you have to worry about cramming in your diaper bag on your way out the door.
Power Pumping to Increase Breastmilk Supply….
Power pumping increases your breastmilk supply. When you pump more often, you produce more breastmilk. It’s the simple logic of supply & demand.
When you power pump, this should be in addition to the breastfeeing & pumpinh routine. It is important to increase the demand for the breastmilk to stimulate additional production of more breastmilk. Each power pumping session typically last about an hour so you might want to plan for that time.
Your breastmilk production is often higher in the morning, so it is the best time to powerpump.
Power Pumping Routine…
One Power Pumping Session: About 60 minutes
- Pump for 20 minute or until empty.
- Rest for 10 minutes.
- Pump for 10 minutes – If your not getting any milk, “it is perfectly ok” (your still stimulating production).
- Rest for 10 minutes
- Pump for 10 minutes – (again, if your not getting milk, “it is perfectly ok”).
Things that you can do to further stimulate for milk production:
- Breast Massage
- Heat Therapy