Taking care of a small child, no matter how fulfilling it may be, is still quite a difficult task. Everything that is concerned with this feat should be done correctly - down to the smallest details possible, especially newborn baby feeding.
Feeding a baby is one of the first things that both the mother and child should learn how to do. It may sound simple, but experience will prove otherwise. Usually, a female in her postpartum period will immediately lactate and produce breast milk two to six days after the baby is born, but this does not guarantee that she will instantly know how to properly nurse her babe.
You see, newborn baby feeding is a tricky job and mistakes can be very costly. Being a crucial stage in parenthood, a mother should really know the very details of how to feed her young. And as the little one still doesn't have the ability to tell you what he wants or needs, you will have to figure them out yourself. To do that, however, here are some tips that you may find handy.
1. Learn the basic information on nursing your young. Knowledge on the very basic items on how your child needs food can be very helpful, especially for new mothers. Knowing that breast milk is always best for babies; that newborns usually need to breast feed for about eight to twelve times daily; and that the mother's lifestyle can also affect the supply of breast milk are just some of the first information that will come in handy in becoming a parent.
2. Feed only on demand, but make sure to really breastfeed regularly. By feeding on demand, your body will be able to better understand your child's feeding patterns. This will also help the mother learn whether something is wrong with the child and help her avoid pain through conditions like breast engorgement.
3. Learn your baby's cues. Not every cry means that your child is hungry, so be on the lookout for other cues that will help you tell whether he needs feeding or when he's already full.
4. Learn when weaning is already necessary. Sure, breast milk is still the best form of food for babies, but sooner or later, you will need to introduce him to other food as well. Make sure you know, however, when to do this and how to do it right so you can avoid any complications that may even put your child in danger. Taking the stand versus formula may be a good idea at first, but soon, it would already be something very handy.
5. Look at other signs of health. If you're worried that your child may not be getting enough food, you can easily use other ways to assess his health. If your child is gaining weight steadily, has good skin tone and showing signs of alertness and contentment when feeding, then you're on the right track.
Remember, with enough knowledge, newborn baby feeding shouldn't be that much of a handful.