Looking at Baby Care
Lately, I was reminded of Carol’s new-born grandchild and felt that I could share my articles on caring for babies. Carol with her blog Writeful Mind is a very social blogger who connects bloggers in the Facebook Café blog and is busy helping people who have suffered from abuse.
I have stored up knowledge on this subject for many years and it was the main aim for this blog when I started. The blog has developed in other directions as my readers are mostly people with grown-up children.
When I meet babies on my way I always get inspired to express some helpful things to make life with a new baby go smooth. The more you understand a baby’s stage of development the more you can’t match his or her needs and the calmer life you get yourself.
Creating a Foundation
If at all possible I recommend breastfeeding a baby. It’s not always easy. It has to be learnt by practice. It’s an investment but worth it. You bond easier with the child and give the baby the just right nutrition together with the skin-to-skin contact. The first milk is rich in antibodies and the human milk helps the baby to grow in the right tempo, helps prevent infections and many inherited diseases.
How much does a new-born eat per breastfeeding?
Day 1, 7 ml. Day 2, 14 ml. Day 3, 38 ml. Day 4, 58 ml. Day 5, 70 ml. Breastfeeding five (five only Day 1) -to ten times a day.
I don’t want to put mothers who don’t breastfeed under pressure. I know that different things very easily can hinder the success of breastfeeding. To receive good and supportive help from the very start is essential. The child gets very frustrated if his or her needs are not met so to start right is important. If it’s difficult for the child to latch properly I recommend to “start over again”. Put the child naked, or with just a diaper, on the mother’s naked stomach skin and let him or her take her time to make his way up to the breast again without interference. The baby will be re-programmed to start afresh. My experience on breastfeeding tells me that mothers who breastfeed get a good understanding of their baby’s needs.
If a mother has to turn to a breast milk-formula then it’s important not to give more than necessary and to let the baby have as much body-contact as if the baby was breastfed.
In my articles beneath following three things is a red thread through it all to create a good foundation.
- Enough to eat
- Sufficient amount of sleep
- Sufficient amount of loving eye contact