Breastfeeding & Formula Supplementing Tips & Tricks
You can indeed breastfeed and supplement too. Here are some breastfeeding and formula supplementing tips and tricks.
If you’re thinking about supplementing your baby’s food with a formula for extra nutrition, back-to-work flexibility, trust me, you are actually not alone.
These few tips can help if you are planning to breastfeed:
- Establish your milk supply. Shoot for regular feedings (8–12 times per day) for the first four weeks.
- Maintain a balanced diet. At this stage, you need to keep your body nutrients balanced with plenty of iron, calcium, and DHA (an omega-3 fatty acid that supports your baby’s brain and eye development).
- Supplement with vitamin D. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends giving breastfed babies a vitamin D supplement.
CHOOSING A FORMULA
Choosing a formula may be quite difficult considering we now have so many brands. Here are the major things to look out for when choosing a formula, especially for first-time mothers:
- Balanced nutrition.
- Intact proteins.
- DHA and ARA.
Breastfeeding is not for everyone if you decide on formula supplementing your baby, that is entirely your choice. But please remember to do it safely. Never under any circumstances make your own formula at home. Check out this article on why Homemade Formulas Simply Aren’t Safe.
Newborn Sleep Patterns
What are the sleep patterns of a newborn?
Most newborns sleep more in the day and stay awake most nights. During the day they might wake up just to feed. It is often hard for new parents to know how long and how often a newborn should sleep, due to the different patterns daily. Unfortunately, there is no sleeping schedule for them as most of them think they should be awake at night.
Generally, most newborns sleep about 8 to 9 hours in the daytime and about 8 hours at night. Most babies do not begin sleeping through the night (6 to 8 hours) without waking until at least 3 months of age, or until they weigh 12 to 13 pounds. However, this varies considerably, and some babies do not sleep through the night until closer to 1 year. Newborns and young infants have very small stomachs and must wake every few hours to eat after the previous one has digested. In most cases, your baby will awaken and be ready to eat about every 3 hours. How often your baby will eat depends on what he or she is being fed and his or her age. Make sure you always communicate with your doctor to determine if it is necessary to wake a baby for feedings. Formula supplementing might be a good option for you if you want to get some extra sleep during the night.
Watch for changes in your baby’s sleep pattern. If your baby has been sleeping consistently, and suddenly is waking, there may be a problem such as an ear infection. Some sleep disturbances are simply due to changes in development, or because of overstimulation.
Never put a baby to bed with a bottle propped for feeding. This is a dangerous practice that can lead to ear infections and increased risk of choking.
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