Common Q&A for New Parents #03

A Complete guide on how to feed your newborn baby?

Feeding a new born baby is one of the major concerns for parents for the first few days after giving birth to a baby. During the initial stages, the breast produces yellow colored colostrum which is a form of milk rich in nutrients and anti-bodies. The supply of colostrum will be slow allowing your new born to start practicing the technique of feeding. However, the milk supply will gradually increase on day five.

When does a new born begin to display signs of hunger?

Incessant crying, slight variations in the sucking movements and putting fingers to mouth while sleeping are some of the major signs of hunger displayed by a new born.

Tips on feeding your new born

  1. Provide breast milk or infant formula:-

If there is shortage of breast milk, consider supplying infant formula to your new born. Normally, healthy babies do not require juice or any kinds of fluids.

  1. Provide supplements rich in Vitamin D:-

Breast milk might not contain adequate quantity of Vitamin D, so it is better to consult the concerned doctor if additional supplements which are good sources of Vitamin D are required.

  1. Keep track of the variations in food habits:-

It is highly recommended to monitor the eating pattern of your new born during the first three weeks. Some may require sufficient quantity of food while some do not.

  1. Always keep an eye on the weight gain and changing diapers:-

If you find that your new born is not gaining enough weight and frequent replacement of diapers, then you may immediately consult the doctor to discuss the issue.

  1. Seek guidance of a lactation consultant:-

If you are experiencing problems pertaining to lactation, then you may approach either a lactation consultant or obstetrics department.

What is parenting?

Parenting which is sometimes referred to as ‘Child rearing’ is the process of raising a child by their parents. However, over-parenting is not advisable as it will hamper the behavioral patterns of children as they proceed towards the adulthood. It will restrain them from facing serious setbacks in the future.

Safeguard your child through home protection 

  • Before placing your child in the bath tub, ensure that water heater is adjusted to nearly 120 degrees. Consider installing an anti-scald device to maintain temperature. While managing your child, you need to ensure that their legs are properly covered
  • Another best option for home protection is by using non-slip mats besides the bathroom.
  • To ensure home protection and prevent your child’s fingers from getting smashed, a toilet lock is essential.
  • A portable medi-kit is also suggested in order to preserve medicines and necessary supplements for your child.
  • The tub spout should be tightly covered to protect the kid if in case of accidental falls.
  • In order to prevent burns, avoid carrying your child along with hot food and drinks.
  • It is not advisable to hold your child while cooking.

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