18 PROFESSIONAL TIPS ON BABY FEEDING
Here are important tips on baby feeding to guide you to feed right so that your baby can have the important nutrients for general growth.
TIPS ON BABY FEEDING
- No matter what, never give your newborn water, juice or other fluids except breast milk or formula where breastfeeding is not possible.
- Feed the newborn on demand. It is estimated that they need food every two hours on the average, that about ten to twelve times a day.
- Vitamin D is an essential vitamin in the growth of the baby. Ask your doctor on how to go about the supplement.
- When the baby closes her eyes and starts to spit out the nipple, know that the baby has had enough of the feeding. It’s a sign you should stop.
- Never use food to pacify. When the baby is full, you can use other methods like rocking and singing to pacify the baby.
- The first year of the baby is largely characterized by breastfeeding, but after the first six months, you begin to put solid food in perspective so she can start learning how to eat solid food.
- While you are feeding the baby, please take note of the weight. Check with the doctor because it is expected that newborns will double their weight after the first four months and triple it after the first year. Check with the doctor so as not to exceed the guidelines.
- Gentle but consistent routines are great for better eating habits.
- When you start giving them formula, it is very important that you evaluate the formula. Just because it came out of a factory does not mean it is good to use. Be watchful for the sugar source and content. If it a corn syrup source, then it is not so great, but if it from a brown rice source, that is better. Unnecessary ingredients are not needed.
- The feeding bottle should also be checked. If it is plastic, the best are those that are BPA free. Check the label, or better yet, use glass.
- When you’re feeding with bottle, please make sure the baby is propped up at a good angle so that you don’t overwhelm the baby with fluid.
- The baby might want to suck a full bottle in one gulp, so be careful with the amount she is swallowing.
- Cuddle the baby and get cozy with her. This tends to improve the bonding.
- Switch sides when feeding the baby.
- Use high quality water. Test the water for leads if you are living in an older apartment. One good trick is to allow the water flow for a while before fetching.
- Never use microwave to warm baby food.
- As she poops, please watch it and examine carefully. Watch for signs of intestinal distress, for instance a bloated belly.
- It is said that hunger is a late sign, it is very pertinent to know signs when she is hungry like licking his lips, sucking at hands, feet, tongue or clothes, turning heads frantically, mouth opening and closing e.t.c.