Have you ever heard: “I don’t have enough breastmilk” or “I had a moment of anger”?
Let’s review some myths about breastfeeding, and the answers to some of the main questions moms wonder:
- My baby is not gaining weight. Maybe she is not eating enough.
When you breastfeed you can’t know exactly how much milk your baby is drinking. But if your baby wets 5-6 diapers a day, latches firmly to your breast, you can hear her swallowing, and the pediatrician says her weight is adequate, then you can be sure that her development is appropriate.
- I don’t have enough milk.
During the first days after birth, your body produces colostrum, which contains fat, proteins and antibodies that develop her immune system. Colostrum contains double quantity of calories than milk. This is all your baby needs. You must also consider that every mom is different and you can’t compare to other moms. It is not recommended to use a breast pump to check how much milk you are producing, since it is not the same as the quantity your baby gets when suckles.
All women, unless there is a medical condition, have the same composition of breastmilk, even those moms who live in countries where they can’t eat a balanced diet. Breastmilk composition varies according to the stage in which your baby is. It changes even during the nursing session. However, reducing the frequency you breastfeed your baby will affect the amount of milk you produce.
If you are nervous, your milk flow may take a little more time, but it doesn’t mean you are going to stop producing milk. Breastmilk DOESN’T dry due to a bad time, and its nutritional value doesn’t vary.
- If my breastmilk has a watery appearance, I must stop breastfeeding.
Sometimes breastmilk looks watery, and it is absolutely normal. At the beginning of the nursing session your milk has less fat, in order to calm the baby thirst. After a few minutes, your milk contains more fat and all the nutrients your baby needs.
- Certain foods make me produce more milk. I must avoid cold foods.
Although some cultures believe breastfeeding moms should not eat some foods such as chili, beans, chocolate, or cold foods, there is not evidence that they reduce milk production. Nevertheless, it is recommended to observe the reaction of your baby to some specific foods. Some babies are sensitive to garlic or cauliflower, among others. If you notice any change with your baby, after eating some of these foods, try to avoid them for a few days. On the other hand, it is said that oatmeal and nuts help increasing the milk production.
- My mom didn’t have too much milk. Maybe I won’t either.
The only factor affecting the amount of milk you produce, unless you have a medical problem, is how often you breastfeed your baby. The more you feed her, the more milk you will produce. Causes that affected your mom’s milk production were not necessarily the same you will experience. If you notice your milk production is decreasing, you may contact a lactation consultant who helps you to establish breastfeeding with your baby.
Here you will find some strategies to help your child take medicines. These solutions were provided by real parents:
- Practice with Tic Tacs or mini M&Ms.
- Spray whipped cream into your child’s mouth after putting the capsule on his/her tongue.
- Crash the pill and stirr in applesauce.
- Mix it with jelly.
- You can also freeze this mixture to make popsicles.
- Serve the medicine in a spoon full of yogurt or ice cream with sprinkles or cereals.
- A teaspoon of crunchy peanut butter can easily disguise small pills..
- Cut open a fruit-flavored Gushers and stick the capsule inside. Kids can swallow Gushers whole.
- Place the pill or capsule under your child’s tongue, and have hIm/her drink water with a straw. It will naturally wash the medicine down.
- Reverse the order. First put the liquid in their mouth, and then drop the medicine in.
- Oralflo cup can help as well.
Being parents means being creative. Here you have some tips that can make your day easier and commit your children to help at home:
- Cut a sticker and place a half on each shoe, so your child knows which shoe goes on each foot.
- Use an empty bottle of baby shampoo to make your child wash his/her hands easier.
- Buy or knit a funny hat. You can be sure your child will not take it off.
- Make a hammock with a bed sheet or quilt. You can tie it to a table.
- You can recycle a crib to make a desk.
- Placing a swinning spaghetti on your child’s bed border will avoid falls.
- A DVD case can be used as a pencil case.
- Soap dispensers can help filling water balloons.
- Trace a mark under the toilet paper roll to let your child know how much he/she needs.
- Make a beaded bracelet with your telephone number. If your child strays, people can reach you.
- Put a plastic cup lid under the popsicle and it will avoid your child gets sticky.
- Put a rubber band on the doorknob to avoid the door closes.
- Cover the play pen with a sheet while the baby is outside, in order to protect her from heat and bugs.
- Trace your child’s foot shape on a paper, so you can buy shoes with no need to bring him/her to the store.
- If your child is afraid of monsters, you can crelate a gun using an empty spray bottle (with trigger).
- Use a piece of a swimming spaghetti to keep the door open and protect your child’s hands.
- Fix some shoe boxes to one side of the dresser. They can be used to organize books or toys.
- Have your child clean up his/her toys by gathering them on a determined tile of the flor, as if it were a game.
While your baby grows up, her behavior changes as fast as she becomes more aware of her world. She is more interested in the objects around her and focuses her attention on new things that become attractive.
Sometimes your baby cries even when you have fed her and made all you can to comfort her, and there is not reason to be upset. You can make a funny noise, move your hands, sing a song, and it immediately will catch her attention making her forget she was annoyed. Taking her outside is also a good way to distract her.
Try to keep her entertained by changing the activities while she is awake.
Although every baby’s development is different, there are some standarized activities your baby should be able to do at certain stages during her first year.
For example, by the sixth month your baby will start raking objects with her fingers and putting them in her mouth, this is her way to explore the world. Help your baby develop her senses by placing safe and colorful objects around her, in order to motivate her to reach them.
She will also be able to sit up without support. You can help with a poppy pillow or just with your hands to improve her balance.
Your baby will be sleeping more hours during the night as well as she will stay awake longer periods through the day.
Which food should you start with? Should you cook or buy your baby’s food?
Whether you choose cooking food or buying jars at the store, start with little amounts of single grain cereal, bananas, apples, pears, nectarines, potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots, rice, among others.
Making your own baby food is healthier and less expensive than buying ready to feed jars. You can make enough food for one week and keep it frozen separated in small containers.