Saturday, July 5, 2008

Feeding Baby

At Everyday Maternity we cater for your breast feeding needs with some great nursing tops, but there is more to breastfeeding than tops and dresses, so we've pulled together a list of things that will make nursing your baby easy......well easier!

Preparation is key - and your midwife is always a great source of advice and encouragement. There's nothing more natural and healthy for your baby than breastfeeding, however many new mum's find it hard at first. Persevere and don't be afraid to ask your midwife or health visitor for support.

We've put together a list of items you should consider if you want to get prepared ahead of the arrival;

  • Breast pump (manual or electric)

  • Breast milk storage bags or bottles (milk can be frozen for up to 3 months)

  • Nipple shields (to protect sore nipples)

  • Nipple cream (from your chemist)

  • Cooling gel breast pads

  • Nursing chair (and optional stool)

  • Nursing cushion (for support to help get your body and baby's body in the correct position

  • Feeding bottles x 6 for water

  • Steriliser (steam, cold water or microwave)

  • Sterilising tablets

  • Soothers

Avent do a great all-in-one pack that has everything you will need - this is available at

Having difficulties with feeding?
Some babies suffer from colic which is a form of trapped wind. This often results in the baby crying a lot and sometime the baby can appear to be in pain after the feed. Seek medical advice from your GP or health visitor. Some mums find that some of the anti-colic bottles available on the market help this condition.

When to stop?
There are no strict rules as to when to stop, but the World Health Organisation recommends that baby should be fed on breast milk for the first six months, and advises to continue with some breast milk until they are two. Now in reality, many factors in our society mean that this is just not possible, or even socially acceptable - so go with what you feel is right for you and baby.

For more advice take a look at the NHS site

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