How To Feed Your Newborn


Breast milk is the best milk the baby should be nurse with, nothing else comes close.

Breastfeeding

  1. Find a comfortable position either lying down or sitting up.
  2. Use pillows to support your baby’s body.
  3. Use one hand to support ad guide your breast and the other hand to support your baby.
  4. You should feed your baby 8-12 times in a 24 hour period. The average length of time is 10 to 20 minutes of each breast.
  5. Remember that the more often you nurse the more milk you will produce.
  6. Expressed breast milk (milk that has been pumped out of breast) should be labeled with the date and time and stored in the refrigerator or freeze right away.
  7. If you are feeling pain in your breasts or nipples speak with ta health care provider away. If you develop fever, swelling, redness, or tenderness over a portion of a breast, see your health care provider right away. These could be signs of infection.
  8. If you you are taking medication, check with your health before start breastfeeding. Breastfeeding is not recommend when you taking certain medications.
  9. It is sometimes hard to know if your baby is getting any milk. If he/she swallows while feeding, urinates, and stools normally, and maintains and gain weight, then he/she is probably getting enough milk. If you have any doubts call your pediatrician or health care provider.

 

BREAST MILK PREPARATION AND STORAGE

  1. Collect or store milk from each pumping session in separate containers or bags.
  2.  Pumped breast milk can remain safely at room temperature (70 degrees Fahrenheit) for 6 hours after pumping or refrigerate it for storage up to 6 days.
  3. Frozen breast milk will be good for 6 month. Breast milk need to be completely thawed and shaken before used. It should be thawed rapidly holding the bottle running tepid water.
  4.  Never microwave the milk to warm or thaw.
  5.  Once it is thawed, do not refreeze.

 

BOTTLE FEEDING

1. Hold your baby in a sitting position. Keep his/her head raised to at least 45-degree handle. Support the entire back, shoulder, and head. Place the nipple at the side of your infant’s mouth. Baby will turn slightly and open the mouth. This is called a rooting response. This should help you to put the nipple in the infant’s mouth.

2. When you put the nipple into your baby’s mouth, make sure the tongue is under the nipple. Formula should fill the nipple while the baby is sucking. This is important because the baby may suck even the tongue is over the nipple up into the roof of the mouth. Check if the iar bubbles enter the bottle. If there are bubbles then the baby is sucking correctly.

3. Always watch your baby for color changes and breathing patterns.

4. Burp after every 15-20 cc (ml) of formula.

5. Do not use whole milk until 12 months.  Do not use skim milk until your child is more than 2 years old.

6. feed your Baby when hungry, usually 3 to 4 hours.

FORMULA PREPARATION AND STORAGE

  1.  Your pediatrician will tell you what type of formula to use.
  2.  Prepare your bottles, and formula after carefully reading directions on the formula or bottle.
  3. Use the measuring spoon included in canned powdered formula.
  4. Ready to feed formula requires no preparation or additional water.
  5.  Formula should be at room temperature when you feed your baby. Be sure it is warm, not hot.
  6.  Refrigerated formula: can be stored for up to 48 hours.
  7. Powder formula: Use with in one month once the container is opened and do not store in refrigerator.

 


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