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Feeding 101

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Breastfeeding

  • Prepare to breastfeed before your baby is born. Ask your health care provider for information on breastfeeding and think about setting up a meeting with a lactation specialist who can help coach you.
  • If you can, try breastfeeding your baby within the first hour after being born. This is a great time to establish a breastfeeding pattern. American Academy of Pediatrics says that babies who are nursed within the first hour are more likely to become successful breastfeeders.
  • How much? Generally, breastfeeding about every 2 hours is a good rule. Look out for common signs baby is hungry: looking alert, putting hands near their mouth, sucking motions, whimpering, flexing arms and hands and/or nuzzling against your breast. Crying is a late sign of hunger.
  • Stroke baby’s cheek or lower lip to encourage latching. If you stroke the cheek nearest to your breast, baby will turn toward the breast.
  • Has baby latched? Make sure your areola and nipple are both in baby’s mouth and positioned above tongue, and check that baby’s lower lips haven’t been drawn into baby’s mouth.
  • Get comfy, mama! Find a quiet spot and get into a comfortable position for nursing (hint: try using a Boppy Pillow for ergonomic positioning). Turn on some soothing music and relax with baby.
  • Let’s try some positions on for size!
  • Cradle - With your baby lying on their side, hold baby across your lap (hint: use a Boppy Pillow to help prop baby up to breast height) so that baby’s head is resting on your forearm. Use the same arm to cradle baby as the breast your feeding from (left breast = left arm cradle). Use your other hand to support your breast with either the “c” hold (thumb on top of breast and 4 fingers under) or the “u” hold (breast supported by thumb and index finger.
  • Cross Cradle – Great position for control! Position baby as you would with cradle but with hands reversed (if feeding with left breast, support baby with right hand). Support left breast with “u” hold in left hand.
  • Clutch aka Football Hold – Great position if you’ve had a cesarean section since it keeps baby away from your incision. Place baby on Boppy Pillow at your side with baby’s bottom near your elbow and baby’s legs and feet tucked under your arm. Support breast with “c” hold.
  • Side-Lying Position – Great position for nighttime feedings. Lie on your side with baby on side facing you. Cradle baby in your arm with baby’s back along your forearm. Position a pillow (hint: use a Boppy Total Body Pillow) for your head and back for comfort.
  • NOTE: all content here should be considered as opinion only. Always seek advice from your doctor or health care provider.

Bottle Feeding

  • Bottle feeding is a great way for baby’s father, as well as other family members, to bond and create special moments. Be sure that each feeding has the same closeness as you would have with nursing.
  • Although nothing truly duplicates breast milk, modern formulas are a good second best.
  • Hold baby’s head at a slightly elevated angle (hint: use a Boppy Pillow to help with ergonomic feedings) and keep the bottle held up so baby doesn’t suck in extra air.
  • Water & Formula: You don’t need to use bottled water in your baby’s formula unless there’s a problem with your water supply. Make sure to check with your health care provider and your local water utility should you have questions.
  • How Much is Enough? Newborns can only hold 1 – 2 teaspoons (5-10 ml) at first; Compare at 2 months, when baby will be eating 24 – 32 ounces a day with an average of 6 – 7 feedings in a 24-hour period.
  • Formula moves more slowly through the digestive tract than breast milk, so expect the time between feedings to be a bit longer (3-4 hours) and the stools to be a bit larger and drier than breastfed babies.
  • Always wash your hands before preparing formula.
  • Make sure to wash and rinse bottles and artificial nipples carefully with hot, clean water (boiling or sterilizing is unnecessary). Don’t forget to clean out any leftover formula, which can spoil easily and upset baby’s stomach.
  • You don’t necessarily have to heat up formula, but if you do hold the bottle under hot water for a few minutes to warm it to room temperature. Never heat formula in the microwave.
  • Formulas are all pretty similar, but stay with one that works well for your baby. Make sure to check with your health care provider before switching formulas.
  • Problems with spit up? Try feeding baby a little less formula more slowly and limit playtime after feeding.
  • Name-brand and generic formulas made in the USA must both meet the same strict FDA guidelines for nutrition and safety.
  • Artificial nipples come in all shapes and sizes. Try out several to find which works best for your baby, making sure the nipple hole is the right size.
  • Regular cow’s milk is not recommended for children younger than 1 year. Stay with breast milk or commercial formula until after that first birthday party!
  • NOTE: all content here should be considered as opinion only. Always seek advice from your doctor or health care provider.

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