Tips to Breast-Feed your New-Born
Feeding your newborn is a great opportunity to bond with your baby, and you should try to enjoy every mealtime. For the first few months, you should be feeding your baby infant formula or breast milk only, and do not give any solid food. This is the best nutrition for the newborn infant.
Making sure that feeding is enjoyable for you and the baby is important. Pick a comfortable place to sit and relax with the baby while you breastfeed or use a bottle. Be sure that you are holding your bottle-fed baby propped in your arms. Feeding is a time to hold and enjoy your infant and the interaction of feeding.
Here are some tips on feeding your baby:
If you are bottle-feeding, hold your baby and talk to him or her. Do not lay your baby down and prop the bottle in position. Infants need to be held and cuddled during feeding and should never be left propped with a bottle.
Your baby will probably swallow some air while feeding. This could cause him or her to spit up or become fussy, so it is important to burp your child after every feeding. To burp your baby, sit him or her up on your lap or hold him or her against your chest or shoulder, and pat gently on the back. Breastfed babies might also need burping. Each baby, whether breast- or bottle-fed, is different. You will, with time, learn to recognize your own infant’s needs.
How do I know my baby is eating enough?
If your baby is wetting lots of diapers with dilute urine, then your infant is likely getting enough to eat. Regular check-ups will help determine if your baby is eating enough because his or her weight will be checked at each visit.
If your baby is not gaining the proper weight, you might need to increase the amount of formula or to breastfeed more often. The more you nurse, the more milk you will make. Breastfed infants often nurse every 2 to 2 Â½ hours in the first weeks.