Of course, Breastfeeding is the natural way to feed your baby. The first milk is called Colostrum and is packed full of antibodies to protect him for the first 3 months, and it will boost his immune system. You will have colostrum for the first few days. Then after that, your milk will come in. Most women Will become engorged. The breast will be hard and uncomfortable. The best thing to do is breastfeed every couple of hours. Or manually express or pump out just enough milk to make the nipple softer so baby can latch on. It is hard to latch onto an areola and nipple that is stretched to the max with milk. Don’t worry your breast milk supply usually comes to a point of matching your baby’s appetite. If you are blessed with more milk than you need, check and see if there are any place in your town that keeps breast milk for babies who can not tolerate formula.
Before you even give birth, it is a good idea to try to get your breast ready for the job of breastfeeding. When you go to the bathroom is a good private time to rough up your nipples with heavy stuff dry washcloth. And it doesn’t hurt to try pulling on your nipples slightly. A little preparation goes a long way.
When you do give birth the nurse may have you try to breastfeed right away. But usually when you are in your room. It helps tremendously in getting your uterus to clamp down and you will bleed less. And it is great to try to get baby to latch on as soon as possible.
Breastfeeding isn’t a totally natural process. You and baby need a little learning curve. But definitely try it when the baby is awake. Your position with your opposite hand than the breast. Your breast between your thumb and fingers. Not to close to the areola. In a way that makes the nipple protrude the most. Rub your baby’s lower lip with your nipple or touch it to his cheek to get him to turn his head towards you. Have your baby in one of three positions.
- Position the baby across your abdomen with his head toward the breast to be nursed.
- In a football type hold. Always supporting their head.
- laying down with the baby facing you. your breast and babies face should be at the same level or the breast a little higher.
Don’t get frustrated if you don’t connect well the first few times. And don’t be concerned if it gives you cramps. It is OK. The nurses are there to help. So ask if you aren’t getting help. Or see if the hospital has videos or a lactation specialist. Relax, it is the best thing so it will all flow easily. After a while, you will be a pro. And whenever you hear your baby cry your milk will come out so wear nursing bras and pads. They are your friends.
first is Similac Pro Advance formula. It was voted #1 chosen by Moms and it is the first to be used in hospitals. If you have a baby in many Hospitals they will give you a gift pack that includes Similac products or Enfamil and a few diapers. And the formula will last at least 24 hours to give you a chance to go shopping. Very nice. This formula has 2′ FL [oligosaccharides]a component found in breast milk. No artificial growth hormones And the first to add the probiotics to reduce gassiness, fussiness and spitting up. It has an exclusive blend of DHA, Lutein and Vitamin E. You can click on This blue link \to shop. Thank You in advance. I am an Amazon affiliate. So if you click on my links And purchase I will get a bit of commission. Similac Pro-Advance Non-GMO Infant Formula with Iron, with 2′-FL HMO, for Immune Support, Baby Formula, Powder, 23.2 Ounce
Enfamil Gentlease Is the number 1 brand chosen by Pediatricians. It has been proven to reduce gas and fussing in 24 hours. It is complete nutrition tailored to meet baby’s needs for the first year. Contains probiotics, Omega 3, DHA, choline, Iron found in breast milk. And provides immune support. It is non-GMO and there are no artificial sweeteners or colors. It comes in a couple of varieties. Enfamil Gentlease Infant Formula – Clinically Proven to reduce fussiness, gas, crying in 24 hours – Value Powder Can, 29.1 oz
Earths Best Organics is just that an organic made from the milk of grass-fed cows. Plus the added advantages of Iron, Omega 6, Omaga 3, DHA, and fatty acids for brain function. Easy to digest and nutritionally complete with Lutein for eyes and prebiotic Fructooligosaccharides. Lutein for immunity. Comes in 2 varieties, Dairy and Sensitivity. It is Kosher, no preservative, growth hormones, antibiotics or steroids. Earth’s Best Organic Low Lactose Sensitivity Infant Powder Formula with Iron, Omega-3 DHA, and Omega-6 ARA, 35 oz.
Then there is Happy Baby Organics. Carefully sourced premium ingredients. like organic lactose, key vitamins, and minerals, for cognitive and eye development. Four times probiotic than most organic formulas. 2 different prebiotics, GOS, FOS, and fibers mimic the ones found in mothers milk. As a baby grows they provide many nutritionally balance premium products that are organic. Happy Baby Organic Infant Formula Milk-Based Powder with Iron Stage 1, 21 Ounce (Packaging May Vary)
Enfamil Empire. They advertise as the closest thing to mothers milk. With Lactoferrin Protein & MGFM for cognitive[brain] function. Then a list of prebiotics for immune and digestive health. It is a non-GMO designed to be the complete nutrition for 1 year. Enfamil Enspire Infant Formula, Powder, 20.5 Ounce Reusable Tub
Similac’s Pure Bliss designed after breast milk. It is non-GMO and thoughtfully crafted nutrition as close to mothers milk. No artificial ingredients, no antibiotics, no growth hormones, No Palm Olein Oil. Just good ingredeance to help with calcium absorption, brain development, strong eyes, and energy. Trusted by Moms for over 90 years. Pure Bliss by Similac Infant Formula, Modeled After Breast Milk, Non-GMO Baby Formula, 31.8 ounces
Gerber Good Start. Modals after complete nutrition & Gentleness of breast milk. has 2’FL , HMO to promote soft stools. DHA and prebiotics and probiotics. Proteins that comfort small tummies, promotes a healthy digestive tract. and if you go to there website and spend 45.00 You can get a free gift and free shipping. Free shipping is a good thing.Gerber Good Start Infant Formula Gentle (HMO) Non-Gmo Powder Infant Formula
That covers a few of them. Rest assured that no matter what you choose it will be fine. There aren’t any companies out there that would deliberately harm our babies. As far as breastfeeding it is still best. But there are really good reasons for not breastfeeding. Not all of us are blessed with a nipple that makes it possible to breastfeed. Or some people, their milk just doesn’t seem to come in.
I for one was unable to. I tried, very hard. I really wanted to. Please don’t feel depressed and guilty because you can’t. My problem was lack of nipple. they were tiny and when my milk came in they disappeared. I fed my first girl for 1 month, every hour she woke me up. The doc and nurses kept saying’No don’t supplement. Your milk will come in.” After 1 month I got some formula and decided to give her a bedtime bottle. So I breastfed, gave her the 4 oz. of formula. She slept all night. It was the first time her belly was full since she was born. And I checked my breast, in the morning, nothing there. I was giving her 2oz. in the hospital down to nothing at home. My poor baby girl was starving to death. she was lucky to have received enough fluids that her organs didn’t shut down.
Another reason is if you have to go back to work. It is pretty hard to breastfeed 2 weeks then stop. for one your milk is in and you will suffer by not breastfeeding. There are many working mothers that pump milk and put it in the fridge. It can even be frozen. Then at work, on break, they pump again and refrigerate it, take it home. You will go home to a happy well-fed baby. Placing ice on your breast for the engorgement. and two the baby gets used to the natural nipple and hates a rubber nipple.
That is it in a nutshell. All the formulas are so similar. All parents want the best for their babies. Maybe ask your doctor, Mom, or other bottle feeding Moms if they have a preference and why. Always check the prices. Organic is more expensive. But in this day and age maybe it is worth it. Our kids don’t need extra growth hormones or strange additives. I will try to find you 1-month supplies in each Brand. Well, unfortunately, most brands are reluctated to say it is enough for 1 month. Because depending on your baby’s age and appetite, it will last a different amount of days. But I see Amazon has an auto-delivery option. They will deliver to your door when you should be due and want more. You can always postpone a delivery.
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