Nursing for Happy, Healthy Newborns

Establishing a healthy eating pattern for a newborn can be difficult because newborns do not have a real schedule. They must eat-on-demand. Ultimately this means that if you have a baby that is less than one that you are at the mercy of his or her whims.

For the first month of life the healthiest thing you can do for a child is give up all plans and feed that baby when it is hungry. Most babies will want to feed every three to four hours. Interestingly, most newborns do not scream when they are hungry. Instead they pucker their lips, nuzzle an arm or breast or suck on a fist. Be aware of these signs because you do not want your baby to ever be hungry. A hungry baby often grows up to be a nerve-wracked and insecure.

You should, if possible, choose to breast feed your baby rather than use a bottle. This is because mother’s milk contains everything that a baby needs to grow. Your breast milk contains hormones and other substances that also help the baby develop a healthy brain and immune system. A bottle-fed baby is more likely to develop allergies later in life.

Even though woman have been to alternate breasts every few minutes when feeding a new baby the experts are now saying that it is best to use one breast for one feeding session and then use the other for the next. Staying on one best when the baby is latched onto your nipple is a good way to make sure that the baby receives hind milk. Hind milk is last to leave the breast – the dregs and it has the most nutrition.

You also do not want the baby to associate mealtimes with a lot of stress. Do not nurse if you feel stressed or angry. Make sure that when you do nurse that you are comfortably supported with pillows and are calm and well-nourished.

Yet another thing to consider is whether or not your newborn will need supplementation with Vitamin D. This is usually required nowadays as research scientists have shown that most people, including nursing mothers are short of it. Consult your doctor to see if you and your newborn or both of you need to take extra Vitamin D every day.

Take vitamins as recommended by your doctor when nursing. Remember that part of keeping your newborn healthy is keeping yourself healthy too!

Mommies and Fatigue

What's the very first thing to avoid, or think seriously about avoiding, when undertaking the generation-long task of raising a child? The list of possible hazards seems endless, and there are literally thousands of books, pamphlets, guides and self-help manuals for absolutely every stage of development from early pregnancy to late college registration. Throughout, the 'don't's are invariably more numerous and urgent than the 'do's. So what is at the root of all difficulty with child-rearing? Well, it should be obvious, but perhaps you were just too tired to get the correct answer this time! That's right – the word is FATIGUE. And sooner or later everyone has to reckon with it. So if you want to meet each day with just enough gas in your energy tank to take care of your growing family, here are a few things to remember.

Consistency is the biggest energy saver of all – that is, consistency of work, using time management techniques based on a slow and deliberate rate of energy output. The key here, and the most powerful benchmark indication that you've gone over the limit, is to take note when you feel run down and in need of a rest. This situation can best be avoided by consistency in your care of the child through the day, broken by short periods of rest wherever you can fit them into your schedule. While it's very true that newborns are just about the least consistent creatures in existence, with enough dedication to your time management approach you can drastically cut down on your periods of fatigue and better avoid exhaustion.

The regular clearance and tidying of the living area is another fundamental energy saver for a new parent. Children are just as good as adults at creating a mess, and both can contribute equally to a disaster area waiting to happen. But too often the biggest disaster is the complete loss of physical energy when backpedaling to tie up loose ends from missed chores. So every parent's consistency plan should include ALWAYS staying on top of household cleaning chores. The logic of this plan will become more and more clear as the days go by without serious loss of energy as the parent remains alert to the needs of the children.

More than anything else, when a newborn in the house has needs, you can bet they will be IMMEDIATE needs, requiring quick attention and detailed precision. So a simple but very strong way to conserve energy is to make certain that baby accoutrements – clothing, kitchenware, bathing gear etc – are stored within easy and quick reach of the parent. If what you need right away is too high, too low or worse, misplaced, stress levels can skyrocket very easily and quickly, burning up the energy you need. So plan ahead, execute as slowly as you can, and keep your area clear en route to becoming the only parent on the block with energy to burn at the end of your day!