Advice 1: How to hold the bottle when feeding

According to the statistics, the problem of lack of breast milk is not uncommon. If insufficient lactation it is necessary to resort to artificial feeding, which has its own strict rules: the dosage of the mixture, proper handling of utensils, the position of the bottle during feeding – all this is of great importance.
How to hold the bottle when feeding
The position of the bottles when feeding is very important: how well will it hold, depends, how soon will eat the baby will not drown if he did not swallow a lot of air.
In advance wash the bottle inside and outside: it should not slip out of his hands. Spreading the mixture, shake it and wipe the bottle dry with a towel. Take it in the palm over the lower part: the fingers should securely cover the surface.
Take the kid on hands, in the position in which you feed him breast. Whenloiv the bottle to the cheek, check, not hot. During feeding, hold the bottle at an angle of 45 degrees so that the nipple was all the time filled with a mixture. If the nipple is air the baby can swallow, but it is fraught not only regurgitation, but also severe vomiting, and sleepless nights the flatulence probably will cause intestinal colic. Being unable to sleep, the child exhausted himself and izluchaet you.
The baby's head during feeding should be slightly raised. Be careful to not forward and not hanging to one side, otherwise the baby will be hard to swallow, and it may even choke.
In any case, do not lift the bottle vertically: a child can drown, especially if the hole in the nipple is big. To avoid such hassles, you should buy the nipples, based on the age of the baby, with holes corresponding in shape and size. Ideally it should be such that the mixture of the upside-down bottle is not flowed a stream, and dripped small drops. Remember: in the infant there is a need not only in food but also in sucking. Quickly after drinking the mixture from the bottle through the large hole, he will not be able to satisfy this reflex.
If there is a choice, pick up a bottle for feeding convenient for you form. For reviews mom, it is best to "fall" into the hand wide "slim" bottles. They are manufactured under many brands: Nuby, Philips Avent, Bebe Confort, etc. Some of them have the sides cut or a special rubber insert for which they are very comfortable to hold. Also available are bottle feeding, designed with a slope, the so-called "angular" (for example, company Chicco). After purchasing the bottle, how to hold while feeding does not arise.

Advice 2: How to choose a bottle for feeding

Shortly after birth, the young mother will have to decide what kind of bottle she would use when feeding a newborn baby. Even if the mother is not necessary to feed the baby expressed breast milk or adapted milk mixture, the bottle will still need to depoit baby water.
Bottle feeding

Manufacturers of feeding bottles

The choice of babies ' bottles is quite wide. In baby stores or pharmacies sell simple plastic, usually with a capacity up to 200ml. Their advantage is that they are relatively cheap, suitable for standard sterilizers. They are equipped with silicone or latex nipples that fit into any classic bottle. Often, however, the instructions that came with the bottle, the manufacturer warns that the shelf life of nipples provided her active service not more than a month.

There are also a lot more expensive and high-quality baby feeding bottles, very popular firms Medela bottles and Avent. They are sold separately and are attached to the breast pumps for the relevant company.
For a child who is on artificial feeding, you need to purchase at least one small and two large bottles.

The types of baby bottles

When buying a baby bottle for a baby you must consider several factors. First, the age of the child. Feeding a newborn baby, it is best to buy a small bottle with a capacity of 150 ml and for a baby over 6 months to buy a bigger size, with comfortable handles and a wide mouth. Maybe the grown up baby will love the toy-transformer. The advantage of this toy is that you can Unscrew the nipple and use it as a Cup-feeding Cup with a soft spout. It is convenient for the kid who already is learning to drink from a Cup and starting to wean from the bottle.

The quality of the bottle

Choosing baby bottle feeding, pay attention to the strength of the material from which it is made. Over time, it can deform from boiling, or for any other reason. If damage would be strong, cracks form, should not continue to use it. Early in the course of glass bottles, however, they are heavier plastic and can easily break.

Nipples for bottles

Another important factor that should be considered when choosing a baby bottle – the weight and health of the child. If the baby often spits up profusely, and its weight is approaching the upper limit of normal, it will approach the nipple with one or two small holes. Then the child will require more time and effort to suck his portion. The milk flow will decrease the feeling of satiety will come in time and the baby will stop overeating. In addition, the small opening ensures that the baby will not often choke while feeding.

A young child can be offered a pacifier for the bottle with a large hole through which he will eat watery porridge, or other thick foods.
Don't forget to buy special brushes and regularly wash baby bottles.

Please pay special attention to the material and shape of the nipples. Many moms opt for anticlimatic bottles. They have a special nipple shape prevents the swallowing of air during feeding, and as a result, the baby spits up less and rarely suffer from infant colic.

Although the bottles don't expire as such, the nipples must be periodically replaced by a new one.
If your kid has an allergic reaction to latex pacifier, immediately change it on silicone.

Some bottles equipped with nipples that simulate the breast. It is a good choice for moms looking to restore or prolong breastfeeding.

Advice 3: Diet while breastfeeding

With the onset of pregnancy, an expectant mom usually thinks about the changes in the diet: what and how much is there to the unborn baby enough vitamins and nutrients, and at the same time, so as not to harm the baby and to support your body. Unfortunately, on this subject, a lot of outdated information and myths handed down from generation to generation. Especially a lot of myths associated with early breastfeeding.
Diet while breastfeeding

The myths of the past

From friends, you can hear so will be generally unclear what to feed a nursing mother. Only buckwheat and veal, all washed down with some water? Try to understand and debunk the myths. Let's focus on nutrition during lactation, along the way touching on diet during pregnancy. How is it connected? First, contemporary sources claim that the principles of healthy eating are the same for pregnant and lactating women. And secondly, studies have shown that lactation is extremely important, how to eat a woman during pregnancy, and equally important, to its occurrence!

By the end of the first month of life the baby when feeding on demand, mom installs a stable, Mature lactation. The amount of milk produced is usually in the range 750-1200 ml per day (average, about 1 liter). This number is retained during the first six months of feeding prior to the introduction of complementary foods.

What affects the amount and composition of milk? One answer: these metrics meet the needs of the baby. Today it is well known that the milk of every woman is unique, it is designed for feeding a particular child and is perfect to him. Even the same mother's milk for different children will be different. The mother's body adapts to the needs of the baby and produce milk depending on donoshennosti of the child, his weight, etc.

The myth of "dairy" or "dairy-free" women are not unfounded, and milk is lost mostly due to serious errors in the organization of breastfeeding, and it has nothing to do with the quality of food. However, we must comply with certain conditions relating to the supply that a natural mechanism to work correctly.

To have enough energy

For milk production requires a significant expenditure of energy. Daily it takes about 700 calories. If a pregnant women needs around 2000 calories a day (according to the norms of the who and European countries), for pregnant women in third trimester to this amount is added 200 kcal/day and during lactation, approximately 500 kcal/day. Rest of the required calories are taken from their own fat reserves of women.

Weight gain during pregnancy involves a certain amount of fat (about 4 kg with a gain of 10-12 kg). This so-called fat depots or reserves of that energy needed to maintain lactation.

The nutritional status was from a woman prior to pregnancy, have a covering if the supply of nutrients to your body's needs. Recommended weight gain during pregnancy depends on the body mass index (BMI). This indicator best reflects the adequacy of nutrition before pregnancy. Deficient nutrition or excessive consumption of junk food, and the optimum is the balance between the income and consumption of nutrients. Or rather, for women necessary to have a small margin which increases during pregnancy and provide energy for lactation. This stock is manifested in the form of "curves" that distinguish the female body.

Studies have shown that adequate fat content is important for proper flow of menses, ovulation and conception. A weight reduction of even 10-15% of normal can cause disorders of the cycle. For carrying and feeding the baby in the mother should not be a power shortage, it is more dangerous than its excess. There is scientific evidence that deficiency of energy, protein, certain vitamins and minerals can cause various defects in the fetus and cause early toxicosis of pregnancy. For example, choline deficiency during pregnancy may have consequences in a child at an older age and impact on reducing the level of memory.

If a woman is underweight after birth will start to eat more, the food will go first to fill the deficit of its body mass, and then on lactation, and milk production may still be inadequate. At the same time, it is proved that if the mother was adequately nourished before and during pregnancy, she will produce a normal volume of milk, even if she eats less than the recommended. However, according to one study, the intake of energy below 1800 calories for the week still leads to a decrease in the volume of milk.

A full diet of nursing mothers

Contrary to the opinion about the necessity of certain diets during pregnancy and nursing, studies indicate that for healthy women, a full feeding before pregnancy, early motherhood, there is no need for radical change in diet and, especially, in the hard constraints.

The authors of the "National program of infantile feeding optimization in children the first year of life in the Russian Federation" (2010) believe that a woman's diet during interesting position must be a full and varied eating habits (dietary patterns) should be maintained: "All this will contribute to a comfortable feeling, good mood and high activity of the pregnant woman". The same principles apply to nutrition lactating women. Practice shows that good health and mood is much more important for lactation, than the special teas. And if a woman bite to eat, for example, your favorite cookies with a small Cup of cocoa, won't hurt, but she will relax, and the outflow of milk she will improve. A similar effect give and means for lactation: mom relaxes, configured in a positive way.

What does "a balanced, wholesome diet" and "adequate nutrition"? This means that the diet of lactating and pregnant women daily should be the foods all the food groups:

  1. bread, cereals, potatoes, pasta (5-11 servings daily)
  2. vegetables, fruits, berries (5-6 servings),
  3. dairy products - milk, yogurt, yogurt, yogurt, fermented baked milk, cottage cheese, cheese (2-3 servings),
  4. meat products, fish, beans, nuts (2-3 servings),
  5. fats, oils, sugar, sweets, sweet drinks (a bit).

This list corresponds to the healthy diet pyramid suggested by nutritionists from America in the 90-ies of XX century, rely on it and who advice on nutrition for pregnant and lactating. Serving size is, say, a piece of bread, one medium-sized Apple, glass of milk, etc.

To remedy the lack of

Nutrients can be divided into two groups. The substances whose amount in breast milk depends on the mothers nutrition: iodine, selenium, b vitamins, vitamin C, and vitamin A.

With a varied diet all of the above substances in sufficient quantities to do with food. Therefore, the additional introduction of them in the form of dosage forms has no meaning. If these substances are not enough to eat mother's food, the arrival of their baby with mother's milk decreases. However, the increase in consumption of these substances by the mother quickly restores the necessary concentration in breast milk. Material, the amount of which in milk is not dependent on the power of mothers: protein, calcium, iron, zinc, copper, folic acid, vitamin D.

Supplementation of lactating mothers of drugs containing these substances does not increase their quantity in the breast milk. If a woman for whatever reason does not receive these nutrients from food, their current level in breast milk will be maintained at the expense of reserves of her own body.

Drinking regime of nursing mothers

As the volume of breast milk for girls is about 1 liter a day, she needs to drink plenty of fluids. The rule of thumb when taking need to drink according to thirst.

According to different sources, in the first days after birth the volume of liquid should be about 1.5-2 liters a day (and recommended to drink in small SIPS throughout the day, but don't limit yourself). Then the volume can be increased.

You can drink the water (it accounts for the major share), juices, fruit drinks, fruit drinks, weak tea. Coffee is allowed in limited quantities (one Cup a day), but keep in mind that caffeine penetrates into milk and may excite some children. Appears he is from the blood of the kids for very long (a few days), so perhaps we should replace it with decaf. Contains caffeine as in black tea, therefore, they should not be abused.

To herbal teas should be treated with great caution, as some herbs even included in the fees for lactation, is unsafe for the baby. Herbs, like medications, have certain contraindications and side effects, and some of them may actually suppress lactation. Alcohol gets into breast milk and harm your baby's nervous system, so it is best not to use it.

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