You made it through pregnancy, and now your deciding between breast feeding or bottle feeding your little one. The moms at our Baby Basics Feeding program sponsored by Walmart Canada had some really great advice for each other as we shared our expierences together.
My son was born at 36 weeks, and we struggled with breast feeding. My milk had not come in and I tried so hard to nurse him. After a few days his sugars were very low and if we wanted to go home from the hospital, we had to give his formula, so I did. I breast fed him and topped him up with formula after every feeding. It was a lot of work, but it worked. After about 4 months (yes 4 entire months of bottle and breast feeding) he finally took to the breast. I put so much pressure on myself to nurse, because everyone said that was "best for the baby", and it was so stressful. The choice is yours, and so no matter what you decide to do it will be the right decision. It is your body and your child and with the new developments in formula these days, they both help your child grow which is your ultimate goal.
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If bottle feeding, remember to sterilize everything after every wash and don't leave out the formula or reuse it if it says not too. Liquid formula is best for infants, and once they are over 3-4 months you can start using powder. Make sure to not leave the scoop in the formula tin! It can contaminate the formula and make your baby very sick. Always store the scoop outside the can in a ziplock bag or tupperware and only dip it into the container to scoop out the powder.
No you have made it the first few months with your new born baby, and when your just getting the hang of it all, you ar told to start introducing your baby to solids. Now what??
Starting your baby on solids can be stressfull. There is so much information out there on what to feed them, when to start and how much they should be eating. Try no to worry, just keep it simple and you won't have too many problems.
Most doctors will tell you to start your baby on solids at 6 months of age, although if their weight is low or if they are having trouble sleeping they may tell you to start a bit earlier. I waited until 6 months to start both of my children. Most little tummies can not break down solids well before then, so it is better to wait. My son, never slept, he was up every 2 hours to nurse until he was over 7 months old, and when I started him on solids at 6 months, he really didn't sleep any better.
They will tell you to start your baby on cereal. You will find rice cereal, oats, oatmeal and a few others. You can even make your own cereals or start them right into purees and introduce cereals later on. When introducing any food to your baby, only introduce one at a time, and keep a close look out for any reactions. It is best to feed them in the morning or lunch so you have most of the day to watch them for any rashes or other reactions and also wait 3-5 days before introducing a new food so you can keep track of any allergies.
When starting purees, most moms start with veggies, then meats and then fruit. The reasoning behind this is some children love the sweet taste of the fruits and will not eat meats if you try to intorduce them afterwards..they are so smart even at 6 months old. It is up to you though. I startedmy daughter on veggier and meat and she gobbled them up even after I intorduced friut. My son on the other hand, is a bit more picky and I had to sneak in his meat. One type of meat that I found both my children enjoyed were mixed with sweet potatoes. They had chicken or turkey and the little bit od sweet potatoes give it that little bit of sweetness that they liked, so they gobbled them up.
When my son was 3 months old, my husband and I took a Child/Infant CPR class. It helped prepare us incase our child was choking and it also helped us become aware of foods that are potential choking hazzards. Hot dogs, apples, grapes, bread are just a few on the top of the list. The trick is to either avoid them all together (which is super hard) or to cut and slice them so they are not a hazard anymore. My son is now 5 years old, and I still slice his hot dog, long ways down the middle so it splits into two long pieces in a bun or into thin slices (like dimes) that he can eat with a fork. I still slice his grapes lenght wise as well but when he was younger, I would slice them into quarters. I used to remove the peel off of the apples and slice them very thin for him, but now I just slice them for him and he seems to do well.
Never let your child eat in the car while someone is driving. It is not safe and if they start to choke you can't get to them quickly.
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Always bring snacks and water along everywhere you go. You never know if your car will break down or if you will be stuck for hours waiting in the doctors office, so an easy snack may help avoid a meltdown.