Breastfeeding Tips & Trivia
Did you know just one bottle of formula can make a difference to a breastfed baby? The gastrointestinal track of a breastfed baby is different than a formula fed baby. The gut of a breastfed baby can fight off germs and disease more efficiently than a baby that has had formula. This can keep your baby from getting sick as often It takes 2 – 4 weeks after just one feeding of formula for their digestive immunities to reset.
The American Academy of Pediatrics states that the best feeding schedules are the ones babies design themselves. In the early weeks it is crucial to nurse your baby when he shows signs of hunger. Crying is a late sign of hunger, try not to let it go that far. Early signs of your baby being hungry are if he is trying to put something in his mouth (rooting), is trying to suck on his fingers, or is smacking his lips. We know that the early weeks of nursing lay down receptor sites in your breast that produce the milk. The more you nurse early on, the more receptor sites which will provide more milk as your baby grows. So nurse, nurse, nurse!
Sugar lowers your immune response. Especially when your baby/child is sick, don’t give them sugary items. That goes for your diet too, if you are breastfeeding.
When a breastfeeding mother kisses her babies hands (a natural thing mothers do) they are being exposed to germs the baby has come in contact with. Their body can then make antibodies to pass back her baby through her milk. One more way a mother can protect her child.
Your baby craves to be with you He cries to let you know when she wants to be next to you. You can not spoil a baby if he cries and you pick him up. You are meeting a true need he has, the need to be with you.
Before you give artificial iron to a breastfed baby, talk to your health care provider about it. When we give a breastfeed baby artificial iron it can interfere with the natural absorption of it from your breastmilk.