|Newborn Tips#1: Don't Hush-A-Bye-Baby|
|You don't have to be quiet while the baby is sleeping. The womb is loud, and newborns are used to the noise. When ours first came home, we watched television and I would vacuum, wash dishes and talk on the phone around her while she slept. She got used to sleeping with noise, and I could get stuff done. I am still able to vacuum in her room while she sleeps (she is 14 months), and she is peaceful and well rested when she wakes up.|
|Newborn Tips#2: Soothe Your Wailing Newborn|
|When my baby cries, I comfort her by patting her back in a heartbeat-like rhythm. That helps her burp more quickly, and it also helps her relax if she's crying from insecurity. If this doesn’t work, I also try one or all of Dr. Harvey Karp's five calming moves: swaddling, shushing, holding her on her side, swinging her or letting her suck. Sometimes it takes all six!|
When you give birth to your first baby, it will be the best decision to breastfeed your little one. Being a new mom is not easy as feeding can be difficult and painful if not done properly. Deciding whether or when to breastfeed is not easy and especially when it gets tough. One of the biggest problems is that you can never be sure how much is sufficient for your baby. There is no such nipple that can measure the exact quantity your little one need. But with some breastfeeding advice Australia you can feed your baby easily and know when a baby is hungry.
First understand when your baby is hungry. Most babies keep on crying as if they are hungry, it is physically painful for them. Therefore, most chances are that your baby will keep crying and will not fall asleep until he/she did not have sufficient milk. If after a meal your baby seem relaxed, communicative and playing, he probably had enough milk.
The mother can start breastfeeding her new born right after he begin the bonding process. If you have never nursed a baby earlier, here are some simple but important tips:-
|Newborn Tips#3: Help Get Your Baby to Latch|
|If you are having latch-on issues while breastfeeding your baby, you can use breast shields to help the process. This was a wonderful tip that I learned from my lactation consultant. I had to use the shields for an entire month before my baby would latch onto my own nipple without them. Had it not been for the breast shields, I would not have been able to continue nursing my baby.|
|Newborn Tips#4: Get Prepped|
|At 3 weeks, babies’ days and nights become more predictable, and you can focus on yourself in addition to your newborn. One way to do that is by reducing your stress level - and having everything ready for your hungry baby and yourself is one way to do that. Start by prepping for the next feeding as soon as the previous one is over. For example, after an 11 p.m. feeding, get ready for the 2 a.m. one by prepping whatever you need for feeding and putting out fresh drinking water for yourself so you don’t have anything to think about in the middle of the night. During the day, take advantage of the baby’s naps to work out, shower or catch up on e-mail, or take a nap too.|
Do not rely on clock to nurse your baby. Instead, follow your instincts.
You should be comfortable enough and your position should relax your arms and shoulders as well as your baby.
Hold your baby close and support their neck, shoulders and back so that he shouldn't have to make efforts to reach out to feed.
Placing your baby in a way with their nose level with your nipple is always good. The position will allow them to reach up to the breast well.
Wait until your little one opens mouth wide with the tongue down.
Make sure your nipple go towards the roof of your baby's mouth.
How to know that they are getting enough milk:-
They will appear content and satisfied and will stop crying after most feeds.
They should be healthy and gaining proper weight.
No soreness on your breasts and nipples.
Your baby should have five to six wet nappies a day.
Good skin color also reflects that your little one is getting enough milk.
Once your baby has started to feed easily, you should relax until they has enough milk. Sometimes they tilt their head up and down before latching on but this is instinctive behavior. It helps them find your nipple and bring them close to your breast. Make sure that they let go of breast on their own when they are finished.
If you have problems and think your baby is not latched on properly, ask your doctor or consultant. Getting your little one to latch on your breast can take some practice. But with proper support and patience, it will become easier.
|Newborn Tips#5: Keeping Your Baby Awake During Feedings|
|When our baby was eating slowly and sleepily, my husband and I would massage her cheek to stimulate her to eat faster. A gentle stroke with a fingertip on her cheek was all it took, and on those long sleepless nights, this simple trick was a godsend! Our friends have found it works great with their infants too. When babies eat efficiently until they're full before going to sleep, they sleep for longer between feedings. And that means you’re both likely to be calmer!|
|Newborn Tips#6: Help Your Baby Bond with Dad|
|Make sure your baby has ample time alone with Daddy. His touch and voice are different than yours, and this will begin a bonding process and give you a break. Plus, it gets the baby used to being with someone other than you. The first few times can be hard. Make sure your baby is fed and well rested, as this will give you at least one or two hours before you're needed again. Then leave Dad and the baby alone. If you stay nearby, make sure the baby can’t see or hear you, and resist the urge to go into the room and "fix" things if she starts crying. Your baby cries with you and you experiment to find out what's wrong. Dads need time to do this too - in their own way. By allowing this time, your child will learn there is more than one way to receive comfort, which will help immensely when you leave your baby with a sitter or another family member for the first time. You could have your partner bathe her, put her to bed or just read or talk to her.|