Feeding your newborn and how to prepare for nursing
Feeding a newborn is a day-and-night job and can be really challenging, but it is also the time and opportunity when you will start bonding with your baby.
Newborns have very little stomach, so feeding can vary between every 1 to 3 hours, which can mean up to 15 times a day. After the first weeks you might feel you just feeding around the clock, but this is absolutely normal. To enjoy and bond better with your baby, look for early signs of hunger. The sooner you notice that your baby is hungry the easier and better experience you will have with him or her during feeding.
There are many early signs, when your baby is getting hungry - being restless, sucking their first finger, making little murmuring sounds, moving their lips or turning their head and opening their mouth.
Crying is late sign of hunger, and feeding a hungry baby can be difficult and can give you both a lot of stress.
The arrival of your new baby is life changing, joyful experience and sometimes emotionally challenging but very soon your baby will start to follow a routine and you will get pro at feeding and parenting.
Bottle vs Breastfeeding
Breastfeeding has many advantages for your newborn. It has all the nutrients your baby needs (lactose, protein, fat), saves you money and you can burn up to 500 calories per day.
On the other side breastfeeding can be really hard or maybe not possible for all new moms.
Many moms would love to and tried to breastfeed their baby, but they ended up bottle-feeding for different reasons- lack of breast milk; the baby can’t latch properly, leaving their nipples with bleeding or even just the mother's comfort level with breastfeeding. There are also cases, when breastfeeding is not recommended for a mom and her baby.
And moms who will bottle feed have nothing to worry about. Formulas of today, have almost the same nutrients as human breast milk.
And on a positive note, babies who drink formula, already getting sufficient amount of vitamin D, whilst breastfeeding mothers are recommended to include vitamin D supplements in their newborns diet to help to absorb nutrient in their little bodies.
Preparing for nursing
Preparing for nursing before your baby arrives will help you reduce stress from the beginning and there are only just a few basics you will need: nursing bras, nursing pads and nipple cream.
A great quality, comfortable nursing bra is key. Your breast will grow 1-2 sizes during nursing, and wearing a tight bra can compress your flow and block your milk.
Nursing bras are also designed to help you breastfeed easier and more comfortably with your baby.
As a new mum, you may experience milk leaking unexpectedly from your nipples. This is normal and nothing to worry about. Every breastfeeding women is different, some leeks only for the first couple of weeks, some for a couple of months, some mom will never.
Use nursing pads, which will stop your clothes becoming wet with breast milk. We advice you to use reusable nursing pads made with organic material or bamboo, which is gentle on the skin. Don’t use disposable one, they can cause infections during breastfeeding, as they are not as breathable and others.
Always remember to change your nursing pads frequently as leaving a wet, dump pad on your skin and nipple for too long can cause bacteria growth even with the breathable pads.
And last, look for a good quality, organic nipple cream. It will help to soothe your pain, sourness and dryness. Nipple cream can also help to heal any cracks and stop your nipple from bleeding. We advise you to look for an organic one, which has no harm for your baby. Check out our Nursing & Breastfeeding products!