As we feed ourselves with marshmallows, tea, and biscuits, session five of Muddies To Be will be all about how to feed your newborn baby. It’s an issue that has a range of factors that can affect your decision, and we will be discussing the benefits and drawbacks of infant feeding by breast, bottle and doing a bit of both.
And then there is the literal how of how to feed your baby. We’ll discuss the way in which the body makes breastmilk, and how it responds to the frequency your baby breastfeeds. This will once again be Fran’s time to shine as Demonstration Diva (we’ll come up with a better name by the start of the course!) to show you the many positions you can hold a baby to breastfeed (they all have a few crucial things in common). And I will get in on the act to give you an idea of how to promote bonding when bottlefeeding a baby.
We’ll talk about how to make up bottles, and your options for sterilising the equipment. Hand and pump expressing will also be discussed (and likely be demonstrated using one of our bizarrely fluorescent knitted breasts!). We are working on a ‘Play Your Cards Right’ style game as a fun yet informative way of discussing how long you can store expressed milk and formula milk.
So you know how to feed your baby, but what about when to feed your baby? We’ll talk about feeding cues, and roughly how often you can expect to be woken up at night by a hungry baby.
And we’ll also talk about how you can tell if your baby is feeding well, as well as when to get help and support if the baby is not getting enough milk, or you have sore or painful breasts. There is plenty of support out there from health professionals such as your midwife and health visitor, to specialist infant feeding groups and helplines.
Finally we’ll look at how you as parents can look after yourselves when it comes to infant feeding – ways you can support each other and help make dinner time for your baby an enjoyable time for all and not a stressful part of your day.