What we can tell you about your feeding journey
Choosing how to best feed your newborn is one of the most important responsibilities that can come at an already overwhelming time. Although it can be an incredible experience for some, this isn’t the case for all. With advice coming in from all different directions, its important you educate yourself the best way you can so you are able to make a decision on what’s best for you and your family.
We have put together our top 7 fun facts about feeding your newborn you may find interesting;
- Newborns have a tiny stomach: A newborn's stomach is about the size of a cherry when they are born, and it can only hold about 1-2 ounces of milk or formula. As a result, frequent feeding is essential during the first few weeks of life.
- Colostrum is the first milk produced by a mother: Colostrum is a thick, yellowish milk that is produced during the first few days after birth. It is rich in nutrients and antibodies, which helps protect the newborn from infections.
- Breast milk changes over time: Breast milk changes in composition as the baby grows, and it even changes during a single feeding. The milk at the beginning of a feeding is more watery and contains more carbohydrates, while the milk at the end of a feeding is richer in fat and calories.
- Formula-fed babies may have more solid stools: Formula-fed babies typically have firmer, more solid stools than breastfed babies. This is because formula is harder for babies to digest than breast milk.
- Feeding cues can include more than just crying: While crying is a common cue that a baby is hungry, other signs include smacking their lips, sucking on their hands or fingers, and turning their head towards the breast or bottle.
- Burping is important: Burping helps release any air that a baby may have swallowed during feeding. This can help prevent discomfort and spitting up.
- Newborns can feed frequently: Newborns typically feed every 2-3 hours, but they may need to feed more frequently if they are going through a growth spurt or if they are not gaining weight properly.
Now the age old question, to breast feed or bottle feed?
Breastfeeding and bottle-feeding are both important and valid choices for new parents when it comes to feeding their newborn. While breastfeeding has long been considered the gold standard for infant nutrition, there are benefits to both methods. In this blog post, we'll explore the advantages of both breastfeeding and bottle-feeding for both parents and newborns.
Benefits of Breastfeeding:
Breast milk is the most natural and complete food source for newborns, providing all the necessary nutrients for optimal growth and development. Breast milk also contains antibodies that can help protect your baby from illnesses and infections. Other benefits of breastfeeding include:
- Promotes bonding: Breastfeeding provides an opportunity for skin-to-skin contact, promoting bonding between mother and baby.
- Convenient: Breast milk is always ready and at the right temperature, so there's no need to prepare bottles.
- Cost-effective: Breastfeeding is free, making it a cost-effective option.
- Health benefits for mother: Breastfeeding can reduce the risk of breast and ovarian cancer, as well as other health issues.
Benefits of Bottle-Feeding:
Bottle-feeding provides an alternative for parents who are unable or choose not to breastfeed. While formula doesn't contain the same antibodies as breast milk, it is still a safe and healthy option for your baby. Other benefits of bottle-feeding include:
- Sharing the feeding responsibilities: Bottle-feeding allows partners or other family members to participate in feeding and bonding with the baby.
- More flexibility: Bottle-feeding allows for more flexibility in feeding schedules and allows mothers to return to work more easily.
- Easier to track intake: With bottle-feeding, it's easier to track how much your baby is consuming.
- Less pain: For mothers who experience pain or discomfort during breastfeeding, bottle-feeding can be a more comfortable option.
In conclusion, both breastfeeding and bottle-feeding have their benefits and drawbacks, and the decision should ultimately be based on what works best for you and your baby. Fed is always best. Whether you choose to breastfeed exclusively, bottle-feed exclusively, or a combination of both, the most important thing is that your baby is getting the proper nutrition they need to grow and thrive. Remember to always consult with your healthcare provider to discuss which feeding method is best for you and your baby.