New parents advice
new parents advice
A Private Health Visitor will also give advice around common childhood illnesses such as infantile reflux, colic, baby acne, constipation, sleep and introducing solids.
As a new parent, you may feel overwhelmed by the choices of what to feed your infant and how. You should first think about when they will eat their meals – are they going to be eating one meal or multiple throughout the day? This can make it easier for you as some foods don’t serve well at certain times of the day. Many children want snacks in between heavier meals but others do not need anything additional during that time period. Once this is figured out, you’ll have an idea on whether 180 calories per serving would be appropriate for them or if 450 would work better depending on when they’re going to eat again.
Common Issues In New Born Babies
If your baby has infantile reflux, this can be upsetting for the baby and also challenging for the parents. Some of the signs and symptoms of infantile reflux are being sick or bringing up milk shortly after or during a feed, gulping after a burp or a feed, swallowing after a burp or a feed, unsettled during a feed, crying and not settling, hiccupping or coughing during feeding and sometimes, poor weight gain – in this case, it is advisable to speak with your Health Visitor.
Another common issue in babies is colic, the signs and symptoms of which include intense crying that may seem more like screaming or an expression of pain, crying for no apparent reason, unlike crying to express hunger or the need for a nappy change, extreme fussiness even after crying has diminished, predictable timing, with episodes often occurring in the evening. As your Private Health Visitor, I offer practical advice and support with managing all of these common newborn baby issues.
infant feeding assessment
As an Infant Feeding Specialist Health Visitor, I will give your baby a feeding assessment whether your baby is breastfed or bottle fed. Breastfeeding has many benefits for both mother and baby. As your Private Health Visitor, I would have touch on the topic of breastfeeding during our antenatal contact. It is always good to get breastfeeding off to a good start. Most times, new mothers expect large volumes of breastmilk after their baby is born. Having an understanding about the size of your baby’s stomach at birth can give reassurance that your baby’s stomach at birth cannot hold large volumes of milk. All the baby needs in the first few days of birth is the Colostrum. This yellow liquid, known as the ‘golden liquid’ comes in very small quantities; usually around 5-7 mls. This is all your baby’s stomach can hold. As your baby grows day by day, the stomach size increases. Remember, the Colostrum is needed in its concentrated form to help clear the Meconium – the tarry/black stools from the baby’s guts. The Colostrum is a powerful liquid.
For Mothers Struggling With Breast Feedong
For mothers who cannot breastfeed for one reason or another, all is certainly not lost. If you could express your breastmilk and give through a bottle, this is also good. If you cannot produce any breastmilk, any first stage formula milk can be used. If you decide to give your baby formula milk, here are some tips for safe bottlefeeding:
- Sit comfortably, making eye contacts as baby feeds
- Hold baby fairly upright with head supported so breathing and swallowing will be comfortable
- Gently brush the teat against baby’s lips and once baby opens his mouth wide, allow him to draw in the teat
- Keep teat full of milk to prevent baby taking in air
- Always give baby plenty of time to feed
- Some babies feed less or more than others – just follow your baby’s lead
- If teat goes flat whilst feeding, gently poke your little finder into the corner of your baby’s mouth to release suction
- If teat gets blocked, replace with another sterile teat
- Dispose of unused formula or breastmilk
Only feed when baby shows cues – do not force a feed.
Bottle feeding can also be a special time for bonding with your baby as you will be holding your baby close to you and maintaining that eye contact and closeness which will help to increase oxytocin – the love hormone. Remember feeding your baby is also a time for relationship building!
Get in touch now with One Stop Health Visiting and let us help you.