Feeding your newborn
While it’s important for mothers to try to breastfeed, considering that it’s the most natural and healthy option, there’s no shame or failure in not being able to produce enough milk. Believe it or not, formula will still provide your baby with the vital nutrients he or she needs to grow and develop. Let’s leave the judgement and guilt right here as formula and breastfed babies are equally loved and will continue to grow on par with each other, regardless of where their meal comes from.
Regardless of what you feed your baby, always try to:
Feed your baby skin to skin whenever you can - Not only does close physical contact benefit your newborn’s development, feeding time creates a deep, emotional bond whether it’s coming from a breast or bottle, a man or a woman. Being skin to skin is a lovely way to connect with your child.
Let your baby call the shots - They might have been only born recently, but don’t underestimate your baby’s internal signals. Unless your baby is consistently refusing to eat, a newborn doesn’t need much milk to thrive.
Allow them to linger - Just because your baby isn’t actively eating, doesn’t mean that he or she is ready to leave the table. Suckling on a breast or bottle is comforting for your baby, especially when they’re being held in your arms.
Burp them - Although breastfed babies don’t need to burp as much as those fed formula, still attempt to burp your baby between breasts and after the feeding.
Each baby has a particular burping preference, so try it with the baby:
- Over your shoulder;
- Lying belly down across your lap
- Sitting in your lap while supporting your baby’s chin.
- A gentle rub on the back or pat will usually bring up the burps
Experiment a little to find out what works best for your baby.