A Mother’s Touch: Why It’s Essential

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Hearing your child cry after carrying him or her in your womb for nine months is the most precious moment of your life. You may have been through a lot of places, tasted different cuisines, successful in your career; but none of these achievements can ever replace your happiness when you see your child that can either look exactly like you, your partner, or a mixture of both.

As a mother, your topmost priority in life is to always keep your baby safe. Wrapping your child around your arms is one of the safest places for him or her. Whenever you carry your little one around you, the bond that you have shared with your child right when he or she was still inside your womb becomes stronger.

Sad to say, not all infants are given the privilege to be held by their mothers the moment they come out from the womb. Some of which are due to maternal death, while a fraction of it may be due to unexpected or unwanted pregnancy.

A mother’s touch is important for the development of the infant, physically and psychologically; thus, mothers should not take their child for granted. Research shows that an absence of a mother’s touch can lead infants to depression. Not only that, it also decreases a child’s confidence and willingness to strive better in life.

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There are still several benefits babies can get from being touched by their mothers:

Babies feel loved, secured, and recognized.

To be held by our loved ones make us feel secured and loved without any doubt. It is also a sign that they have accepted us in their circle. This is also how babies feel whenever their mothers hold them. The gentler the touch, the more comfortably safe and loving it is. Also, there is an exchange of acceptance for both parties.

Mothers and babies feel relaxed.

Nothing feels more relaxing than seeing your baby sleeping soundly. Seeing your little one feeling relaxed is an assurance that you did your job well as a mother. As for the infant, nothing ever feels more calming than knowing that his or her mother is sleeping beside him or her.

Mothers can reduce postpartum depression.

Giving birth can give you variety of emotions; either excitement, fear, joy, or the most unexpected and less wanted emotion, depression.

Postpartum depression occurs right after giving childbirth. It may happen due to hormonal changes, sudden adjustment of lifestyle, or fatigue. Women who experience this emotion are treated successfully with medication or psychotherapy. However, this can be prevented with proper diet, exercise, stress reduction, and understanding.

Taking care of your baby can be very exhausting since you don’t almost get to pamper yourself, hang out with your friends anytime you want, or do activities spontaneously; but seeing your baby healthy and at ease already makes you feel contented and happy. It may have ripped you off your freedom, but the joy you feel seeing your little child smiling, crying, or simply staring at you is enough to know that you are doing just fine, or even happier than ever.

You can improve your baby’s sleeping patterns.

Letting your baby feel your gentle touch keeps him or her calm. Unlike us, babies are not yet capable of doing various movements and they tend to be sleepyheads. As long your baby feels your presence with your touch, he or she can already be sure that he or she is okay until falling into deep slumber.

Mothers lactate more.

Skin-to-skin contact between the mother and the baby is not only mainly beneficial for the baby, but also for the mother, as well. Having a closer contact with your baby is important to let your baby recognize you as his or her mother. Not only that, it also increases your oxytocin production.

Oxytocin is a hormone responsible for lactation. The more oxytocin your body releases, the more milk you produce for you little one. Feeding your baby with milk straight from the breast is essential for their growth and development.

Though breastfeeding is much ideal for babies, sadly, not all women are capable of producing much milk.

Motherhood Flaws to Avoid in Taking Care of the Baby

The joy that motherhood brings to every woman who carries her baby for 9 months is something that money can’t buy. The excitement that the soon-to-be parent brings in their hearts and minds is contagious as they patiently wait for the day when their baby will say “hello” to his new world.

Even before the baby was born, the new parents have already prepared all the things that their baby needs. Aside from the material things that the baby needs, they have also asked advice from their parents about nursing or taking care of a newborn baby. They want to give their baby the best of everything.

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The first few days or months will not be easy for the new parents because what they have learned from their parents about baby’s care is not 100% the same when they are already actually applying it to their baby. Everything that concerns about the baby’s reactions or movements like crying, spitting up or vomiting can already make them panic and worried.

As a new mom, you want to give your baby all the tender loving care to make her comfortable. It’s normal that you want to personally take care of your baby, to be with your baby all the time and to see to it that your baby will always be comfortable. However, because of wanting so much to give your baby only the best. You tried to do everything for your baby without being aware that you’re already over reacting or over protective. Instead of doing what’s right, you have already made a mistake that will not only affect your baby but your relationship with your husband. Some of these common mistakes that you should avoid doing are:

1. Baby Hogging

You want to hold your baby all the time that you already neglect doing other household chores like cooking and taking care of the needs of your husband. You give all your time to your baby without knowing that you have already forgotten that your husband also needs you. Give your husband a time to take care of your baby and to spend time with your baby. Let him help you take care of your baby.

2. Cryings

You don’t want your baby to cry for fear that your baby is not feeling well, is in pain, and is not comfortable. Because of this, you lift your baby immediately the moment he starts to cry. You should remember that crying is good for your baby. It is good for the lungs. The moment he cries, just give him time to cry, it is his way of expressing what he feels. Sometimes he cries because he wants you to carry him, to be close to you. He cries because his diaper is already full or he is already hungry.  However, if the crying continues, you must call your pediatrician because your baby must not be feeling well.

3. Personal hygiene

Because you spend most of your time with your baby and in doing the household chores, you already forgot to even comb your hair, to fix your nails and to make yourself presentable and beautiful for your husband. Just because you have to take care of your baby does not mean that you will no longer pamper your own self. Give yourself a break; spend precious time with your husband before he spends time with another woman.

4. Breastfeeding schedule

Waking up your baby to breastfeed him is not advisable. Your baby will cry when he is hungry; hence, there’s no need to wake him up when unnecessary. Remember, you and your baby have to sleep well, especially at night.

5. Confusing spitting up with vomiting

Your baby will spit up if he is full; hence, it is important to let your baby burp after feeding him. Vomiting could be a sign that your baby is not feeling well.

6. Oral care

Just because your baby has no teeth yet, you did not give attention to his oral care. Even without teeth, you have to wipe the gums of your baby before he sleeps. This will remove milk residue in your baby’s mouth.

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Mother’s knows best; hence, you have to trust your motherly instincts. You know what’s best for your baby because you’re always with him. However, it would also be good if you solicit advice about baby’s care from other people.

How to Teach your Baby How to Walk

Babies start to have stronger and less fragile bodies at the fourth month because their muscles and bones are already developed to withstand their own weight. Walking finally gives babies the advantage to properly explore the world with their own two feet at this point. All you have to do next is to teach them how. Some people might say that it’s quite hard to teach babies how to walk, but it’s not actually difficult because all you need is patience as they learn.

Here is a step-by-step guide that will really help you in educating your baby how to walk for them to be able to explore the world in a better way than ever. Remember that walkers are not recommended anymore because all you need is to properly follow these guidelines. During baby’s fourth month, be sure to follow these steps when teaching them how to walk properly:

Sitting is a Priority

When babies learn how to sit down on their own, that means they are gaining better mobility at this point, and they can learn how to crawl. Let them sit down for a few minutes for their muscles to strengthen. This promotes upper body balance – which is vital when moving around. They need to get used to sitting from fourth months up to six months.

Teach them to Crawl

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During the seventh month, they can finally crawl. This is a sign that they are getting stronger muscles and better balance on their body. Teach them how to properly crawl by letting them get used to moving their arms and legs as it’s needed for walking someday. If you want them to improve in crawling, then do this simple trick: place an object or toy that they like on a faraway place and see them craw towards it. Be sure to praise and comfort them afterwards for them to feel rewarded as it psychologically boosts their drive to learn more.

Pulling their Bodies Up

During the eighth and ninth month, babies will become strong enough to pull their bodies to standing position. They might have a hard time at first, and will ultimately lead to falling with their butts first on the ground. This is just normal and you only need to pay attention to prevent injuries. Help them out by guiding them towards the proper way to straighten their knees in standing position. This promotes lower body and leg balance in order to fully help them walk someday.

Assist Them in Balancing

If you notice that they can pull normally at eight to nine months, that means they’re having an idea about balancing on their own. Teach them how to walk by holding baby under their upper arm as they stand on the ground, and start walking with them in front of you. If you want them to feel challenged as they learn, start guiding them towards their favorite object once again as you guide them this time. Eventually, they will just notice that they are already comfortable about walking.

As the month progresses, they will then start to cling on walls and furniture in order for them to balance properly. Be sure to move some materials in your house that can be dangerous to your baby because they might reach those, and some might fall to their heads. Encourage your child to become more capable of walking by removing their hands off from you and/or the wall/furniture from time-to-time; they will get used to it and will ultimately learn how to walk on the following months to come.

More Balancing and Walking Activities

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As they reach one year old, educate them to stand without any assistance. This helps them become more balanced and strong to stand on their own feet. Count how long your baby was able to stand up alone, and praise them once again to feel more encouraged to walk. As time passes by, they can finally balance to the point where they don’t need to cling to you or to any object anymore. This calls for celebration, and you should show that to your baby by cheering and praising them more.

Once they get used to walking, all they lastly need is to exercise walking every now and then – while telling them not to crawl or cling anymore. Once again, play the game where they need to reach you or an object for them to get more used to walking.

Teaching your baby to walk is not just any basic need; it’s a self-development test as well because it also gives them a realization that they can learn more in this world. 

How Moms and Babies Build Relationship

A baby’s relationship to his mother should be healthy. Erik Erikson’s theory clearly states that this initial stage of a child’s psychological development is of utmost importance. Without receiving the care a baby needs, he could develop mistrust towards the world and the people around him. Luckily, moms have the instinct to protect and fondle their baby. Babies, on their side, are born to yearn for connection. It depends on the parents to shape his social skills and tie his relationship with the people around him.

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Like other things, the relationship between the baby and the mother develops over time. It begins when the baby is inside the mother’s womb. Although they can’t really see their mom’s face yet, they can indistinctly hear her voice and feel her love through the things she do and the foods she eat. After the child is born, he begins to form other ways to connect with his mother.

Breastfeeding and Gazing

Newborns would usually stare at his mother when he is breastfed. This is not a meaningless gaze. This is a way for the baby to recognize the person who is feeding him. In his brain, the face of his mother would register as the person who cares and loves him. That is why the newborn baby would easily stop crying when the mother would pick him up. He would recognize the face of the person he trusts.

Breastfeeding is the first act towards making a connection with the baby. This act establishes both the child and parent’s position in each of their lives. When the mother breastfeeds the baby constantly, the child will come to learn that he is treated well.

Laughing

At about 3 months, a child learns how to have fun and laugh. It is during this time that both parents should engage in fun activities and games with the child. For starters, parents could play peek-a-boo. Some would try making silly faces. All are aimed towards making the baby laugh.

When the child laughs, he learns that spending time with the people he loves and who loves him is fun. He finds that spending his time with those people who make an effort to make him happy is satisfying. He then tries to distinguish those who he could spend time with and those who he doesn’t want to.

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Exploring

Mothers often try to keep their child away from harm. They don’t want them scarred or in pain. Often, this leads to over protectiveness, which in turn leads to limiting the child’s experience and making him scared to do new things.

To let the child know that he is understood and that his interest is important, parents should be able to let him explore. Let him run, climb trees, and get small cuts. Let him do some things he can handle like cutting paper. Just be sure to be always there to guide him along the way. Your presence will help him feel secure, too.

Empathizing

A child learns to empathize from the people closest to him. If a mother displays concern for her child, the child will also display concern towards other people. For instance, when a child cries, a mother usually sings to him and rubs his back. Sometimes, she would give him a candy. When a child sees another kid crying, he too will try to console her by doing the same thing his mother does to him.

From birth until the child continually grows, he learns what it means to make relationships. His idea will be based on how his parents, especially his mother, treat him. When done right, the child will not grow socially awkward. He would learn to trust, enjoy, explore, and empathize with other people. He would grow caring and loving.

This relationship building between the mom and the child will go a long way. Mothers should realize how strong their influence to their child could be and use it in order to raise someone who would be socially healthy.

Guide to Keeping Your Own Sleeping Time

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When a baby comes into the household, big changes begin to take place in the old lifestyle of parents. No longer solely responsible for their individual lives, they have to be able to take care of another human being that is helpless without the parents. One of the most significant  changes is usually visible with mothers. When a baby arrives, sleep says goodbye. Mothers have to devote their time in caring, feeding, and watching over their offspring.

One of the key problems all mothers have is fatigue and insomnia, affecting their day-to-day activities that they would have completed normally before becoming a mom. This entry will help moms address this problem, helping them get back their much-needed energy, and keep their sanity.

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1.) Sleep when baby does.

Whenever you rock your baby and put him in his crib for a nap time, make sure you take one too. Don’t try to be a supermom by taking that extra few hours to catch up on housework because you’ll be needing as much shut-eye as you can get, at least while your baby is still young.

If you are worried that something will happen to your child while you are asleep, you can always ask your spouse, family, or even friends, to watch over your baby for you. Caring for a baby doesn’t have to be an individual project, especially if your sleepyhead can’t function at its optimum level.

2.) Find and set a cycle.

For a couple of days, try to analyze your child’s daily patterns, checking feeding time, sleeping time, and playtime carefully. Once you’ve got a general pattern set, work around that schedule, and plan things ahead. This is to make sure that you stick to that cycle and to get your baby used to it too.

The importance of having a cycle is that it gives you more control over what you are doing, helping you get longer periods of rest while still being an attentive mommy. Setting a sleep cycle for your baby will probably be the most important thing for you to do. The longer and smoother your baby’s sleep cycles are, the more time you will have sleep for yourself.

Also, keeping a stable feeding cycle will help you prepare bottles beforehand, or if you are a breast-feeder, you’ll know when to get up and feed the baby. A stabilized feeding cycle will eliminate unnecessary wasting of energy by having to get up to hold your crying child whilst preparing his formula, all in a flurry of activity.

3.) Help, help, help!

As slightly mentioned above, you don’t have to do all the work by yourself. Taking care of your baby is not an easy task, and no one is perfect the first time around. As long as you can ask for help from the people around you especially your spouse, then you can take turns in babysitting. If you want to have some more time to sleep at night especially when your child wakes up every one or two hours or the baby needs diaper change, ask your spouse for help. He can go feed the baby for you on some nights, alternating sleeping shifts to give you some rest. As life-partners, mutual effort in a lifetime milestone like this will strengthen you and your spouse’s relationship. Involvement of both parents in child-rearing is crucial for the infant’s development, so having a husband who helps you out will be extremely helpful in more than one sense.

4.) Wise choices.

Every single moment you see, grab it and use it wisely. Bonding with your baby is a wonderful experience you can build through constant care and feeding, but if it becomes a hindrance to your daily life, you have to make wise choices. Sure, you’d like to spend every waking moment of your baby together, but sometimes you just have to understand that life does not work that way. To be a level-headed parent, one who isn’t sleep-deprived, you have to take care of yourself. Sleep deprivation can lead to health deterioration, not letting you be in your optimum self while spending time with your baby. So, you have to make sure to fill up that sleep bar of yours, and accept you aren’t supermom. Enjoy the happy, healthy moments with your growing baby.

The Right Sleeping Schedule for a Baby

Sleep is something essential. This is never truer than in a baby’s situation. In order for the child to grow healthy and strong, he must have enough share of nap.

You may observe that babies sleep often. Without control, they would sleep at random times. This, of course, poses several disadvantages— both for the parents and the baby himself. Few of the said disadvantages are lack of daytime activities for the baby and sleep depravity for the parents. Routine should then be established.

Sleeping schedule of the baby will usually depend on his age. Newborns don’t usually sleep at nighttime. During these times, you can adjust your own sleeping schedule and sync it with the baby. However, when he reaches 3 months and above, you can develop his sleeping schedule so that it coincides with the norm. It is during these times that it’s easy to weave your kid’s sleeping pattern.

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To make things simple, you can keep in mind three simple tips to make the routine easier to construct.

1. Observe signs of sleepiness

Since you’re always together with your baby, it’s easier for you to observe what time of the day he feels sleepy. You can usually tell if the child is tired if he does the following:

  • Yawn
  • Rubbing his eyes
  • Fussing
  • Avoiding eye contact

If see these signs in your baby, you’ll know that he’s ready to go to bed. Take not of the time of the day when this usually happens. Then, try to guess what makes your baby tire quicker. Reduce your day activity so that he just have enough time to take a nap in the afternoon and sleep tightly again at night.

However, never force the child to follow your planned sleeping schedule. Do not, under any circumstances, overtire the baby. If you do, you’ll find yourself with a more irate child who’ll find it hard to fall and stay asleep.

2. Map out your Child’s Sleeping Schedule

At the beginning of the 3rd month, you can start teaching your child that the right sleeping time is at night and the right play time is during the day. It will make your life so much easier.

Arrange activities you and your child can do at daylight and keep him active all throughout. Try to keep him awake even after sleeping. Then again, don’t push the child too hard. It’s okay to give him time to take a short nap in the afternoon, but it should never be more than 5 hours.

At nighttime, try to dim the lights and keep your energy level low. Play slow music, like lullabies. You can also try reading your child a story. Keeping thing mellow will create an environment of peace and simulates the desire to take a rest. This is the fastest way to teach the child that nighttime is the time to rest and be quiet and daytime is the time to have fun and do all sorts of activities.

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3. Remember that sleeping and eating are different

Sleep comes easy when the stomach is full. This is true for everyone. However, babies sometimes sleep in the middle of eating. This practice should be remedied.

The baby should be able to separate the two actions— sleeping is not the same as eating. Try to guide your child into distinguishing the two activities. When he attempts to sleep when you’re feeding him, see if he eats some more. If he continues sleeping, send him to bed. Then, the next time you feed him, try to keep him awake by making airplane noises and such.

Never feed the baby when you are about to send him to bed. It would confuse him all the more. Keep your schedule straight and make sure that two activities do not coincide.

When you make a routine for the child, you’ll find that it’s difficult at first. However, it should not bring you down. Just keep following the schedule that you have mapped out and your child will get used to it eventually.

How to Bathe your Baby Properly

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Taking a bath is a very easy thing to do, but for babies who are still fragile and cannot do much by themselves, it’s the responsibility of the parent to do it for them. Newborn babies have sensitive skin as they are fragile which is why we have to be careful about the steps that we need to consider when giving them a nice bath.

Gladly, we have some professional parenting tips that can really help you when it comes to bathing baby up to cleanliness. The following steps must be carefully and perfectly followed in order to avoid rashes and other sicknesses caused by bacteria. Here are the following steps in bathing your baby properly:

Consider this Tip First

It might be safe to say that baths are done before we go out to work or school or before we go back to the bed. However, in a baby’s case it’s not like that at all. Newborn babies are not that prone to germs yet since they don’t get messy and they can’t even crawl, but irritation can happen such as rashes if you neglect them. Since babies don’t tend to get too dirty, it’s much more advisable to give them few baths per week – at most five times.

If it’s not bath time, you just need is to wash their face regularly after mealtimes in order to provide cleanliness for them. Wash up the skin folds as well to prevent dirt from sticking to it. Every diaper change, their genitals should be cleaned properly all the time. This will keep them clean before you give them a bath, and it prevents irritation on the most sensitive baby skin areas.

Find a Good Location 

You don’t necessarily need to give them a bath in the bathroom. There are instances where you can give them a nice bath on a clean kitchen sink, or just use a temporary baby tub in the living room or bedroom. Just lean, sit or kneel properly as you hold baby on top of the apparatus that you will be using.

Gather the Correct Materials

To provide a good bath time for baby, use these following supplies:

  • Towel
  • Diaper
  • Clothes
  • Mild soap
  • Warm water
  • washcloth
  • More warm water for later purposes.

Make Necessary Preparations

Once you place the tub to your desire location (if using the sink, close the drain first), and pour some warm water. 32 degrees C of warm water is already the warmest; you can adjust to lower temperatures if you feel like it’s too hot for baby. Undress baby completely from clothes to diaper and slip them to the tub.

Wash up the Body

Be sure to let the feet go into the tub first as you place them completely into the tub. Consider caution by using one of your hands to hold their neck and head to prevent drowning. Add up warm water from time to time as you wash the child. Water tends to get cold when war, and it can get them sick which is why extra warm water is crucially needed.

Proceed to Soaping Time

Since we need to make sure that baby will feel comfortable during bath time, we need to use mild soap to prevent irritation on the eyes. It also prevents dry skin, too. Use a washcloth for the soap instead of a brush, and gently wash baby’s body with soap starting from the head down to their tiny toes. If your child happens to have mucus on their nose, just rub it with a little part of the cloth – rinsed in water – in order to wipe it out.

Rinse and Dry

Lastly, rinse baby’s whole body with warm water once again while you wipe the soap away with your hands or cloth, and once done, wipe your child with a dry towel. Wrap them carefully in the towel and pat them gently until the towel absorbs all of the water to get them dry. Once done, you can apply baby powders/lotions before you put diapers and their clothing.

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If you do all of these accordingly, you will feel much more productive about taking care of baby, and they will feel very comfortable as you give them a soothing bath.

The Basics of Making Your Own Milk Formula

There is hardly anything that can replace the benefits of breastfeeding for your baby. Experts agree that this is the recommended option for your child’s long term health and development. However, there are situations in which breastfeeding is hard to come by. This generally happens either because the mother is ill and unable to breastfeed, or because the baby might be sensitive to breast milk.

This is when a milk formula is considered. Whether commercial or homemade, formula has the role to simulate the properties of human milk and become a complete or partial substitute for it.

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Commercial formula and its dangers

One of the dangers the commercial formula may present is the BPA, or bisphenol A, an organic synthetic compound usually found in the packaging of the product. It has been categorized as a hormone disruptor and linked to several health problems to the brain, breast or prostate, has been referred to as a contributor to ADHD, early puberty and risk of obesity.

One other risk of the commercial product is the processing under high heat it is exposed to, which typically leads to the formation of advanced glycation end products, called AGES. For the health and safety of your child, you might want to know that the AGEs present in the commercial form have been linked to an increased risk for diabetes and insulin resistance as well as heart diseases.

Homemade formula risks

Firstly, there’s a risk of an imbalance of nutrients and that the formula made in the kitchen doesn’t cover the right doses your baby needs of each nutrient. This could happen either because the recipe doesn’t properly cover the requirements or due to errors in measurements in the preparation. This might lead to excessive weight gain, undernourishment or other short and long term complications.

There’s also a risk of contamination and exposure to different types of bacteria to consider. This happens because there is no regulation to supervise or guidelines for a mother to follow in the preparation, handling and storage of the homemade formula.  Meaning that while the homemade alternative may be safer and healthier for your child, it requires high caution.

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Basics to making your own formula

Keeping in mind both the benefits and dangers of choosing the homemade milk formula, some mothers still prefer it over the commercial formula. If you’re one of them, here are the basics you need to know.

Generally speaking, the recommended recipe is the formula of raw milk for babies. It takes into account the information that the best alternative to the breast milk is considered to be the raw milk from grass-fed cows. It also accounts for making the formula easier to digest for your baby.

List of ingredients:

  • Whole raw cow milk (2 cups)
  • Water ( 2 cups)
  • Liquid whey (1/4 cup). Never use the powdered, commercialized one, especially those that come from making cheese. You can make your own homemade whey or you can use those from raw milk, kefir, or yogurt.
  • Acerola powder (1/4 teaspoons)
  • Lactose (4 tablespoons)
  • Coconut oil (2 teaspoons)
  • Unflavored high-vitamin cod liver oil (1/2 teaspoon)
  • bifidobacterium infantis powder (1/4 teaspoon)
  • Quality cream  (2 or more tablespoons) ,
  • High-vitamin butter oil (1/4 teaspoon)
  • Expressed sunflower oil (1 teaspoon)
  • Nutritional yeast flakes (2 teaspoons)
  • Gelatin (2 teaspoons)
  • Extra virgin olive oil (1 teaspoon)

Instructions:

  1. Put the water into a measuring cup. Try to get about two spoonfuls from it.
  2. When you have about 1 and 7/8 cups of water, pour half of it into the pan.
  3. Place it on medium heat.
  4. Add the lactose and gelatin in the pan. Dissolve.
  5. Remove the pan from the heat.
  6. Add the other half of water to make the mixture cool.
  7.  Add the butter  and coconut oil into the mixture.
  8. Place the other ingredients into a blender.
  9. Add the mixture into the blender.
  10. Place it in a bottle. Refrigerate.

There are variations of this recipe using goat milk, but not recommended due to the fact the goat milk is rich in fat, lacks folic acid and is low in vitamin B12. All of which are important to your child’s growth and development.

The Basics of Making a Baby Burp

Notice that after a mother feeds her child, she would always want her baby to burp. Why is this important? It’s because after a baby eats, there are gas bubbles that are trapped in the gastrointestinal tract that need to be released. If the baby does not release the gas, then the baby will feel rather uncomfortable. He will be feeling bloated and would most likely cry. Of course, the gas can come out the other way as a fart, but it is actually easier to make a baby burp instead of fart. So, if you are a new mother and doesn’t really know much about burping your baby, then what are the things that you have to learn? First thing you have to learn are the burping positions

Burping positions

Sitting Up 

Let’s start with the sitting position. To assume this position, you have to put your baby on your lap and make him/her lean a bit to the front. Put your hand on your baby’s chest and use your other hand to slowly pat his/her back until a small burp comes out. This is probably the most comfortable position for you and your child because both of you are sitting down so there’s not really much pressure on the two of you.

Over the Shoulder

This position is probably the most widely used one by mothers. To do this, you just have to place your baby against your shoulder and pat his/her back using your free hand. Your other hand is supposed to hold the baby’s bottom so that he/she will not fall down. This is definitely the most effective position for burping because the shoulder will slightly push against the stomach of the baby which will force out the gas.

Face Down

The last position is the face down pose. In this position, you will be placing your baby on your legs faced down. This means that your baby will be lying on his/her stomach. While in this position, slowly rub or tap your baby’s back and wait for a burp to come out. Due to the nature of this position, pressure is added to the stomach so most likely the position will work.

Although there are other positions out there that may work, by far these three are the most popular ones and the most widely used ones. In fact, these three are the ones that are often recommended to mothers by pediatricians.

Some things to take note of

Spitting during Burping

What happens when your baby starts spitting instead of burping? First of all, don’t worry about it because it does not mean your baby is vomiting. It could probably mean that some of the milk did not go all the way down to the stomach yet and was accompanied by some gas that was coming out. If you notice that your baby spits quite often, then you should start feeding your baby in an upright position instead of a lying position. As your baby grows older, the spitting will decrease gradually.

No Burping

Now, what if your baby does not want to burp? One thing you have to remember is that not all babies burp regularly. Some babies would have gastrointestinal tracts that do not trap that much gas which means that the burping will be less. If your baby does not burp and constantly has stomach discomfort, then you might need to pay a visit to your pediatrician. However, if your baby hardly burps but does not have stomach discomforts, then you have absolutely nothing to worry about. Also, if your baby usually feeds sitting up, then he will really not have much gas inside. So, if your baby drinks milk while sitting, then he/she probably won’t burp so much.

Feeding and burping babies is supposed to be a fun time and a good bonding experience for the two of you. Things will only get stressful if you don’t know what you are doing. So, in order to make life easier for you and your child, always make sure that you know how to burp them so that they will not experience having gas.

Breastfeeding Problems and Solutions

Breastfeeding is really a difficult thing to do especially since there are some painful side effects that mothers may experience after their babies finish latching. However, as a mother, you will be willing to go through all that just to provide your baby with nutrients that he needs so he can grow into a healthy and strong child. So, if you are adamant at breastfeeding your baby until he reaches 2 years old, here are some tips and hacks that will help you have an easier time.

Breastfeeding

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Sore Nipples

Do you feel a sharp or sore pain in your nipple? It’s pretty normal to have that feeling especially if you are a first time mother. However, there are some things that can be done in order to lessen the pain in the nipples. First of all, you have to check your positioning. Your nipple could be painful because your baby might be sucking on the wrong part. It is best that you let your baby suck on the area below the nipple and not above. Another reason why your nipples may be sore is because they are cracked which means that they are very dry. This could be due to defects in your breast pumps or dry weather. If you want to treat cracked nipples, the best way is to put a little bit milk on it. Believe it or not, the breast milk can actually moisten your nipple and even heal it if it is bleeding.

Low Supply of Milk

Although breastfeeding is a supply and demand thing, there will be times that your breasts will have a low supply of milk even when the demand for it is high. One way to increase the supply of milk would be to pump regularly. Of course, you must get yourself a high quality breast pump otherwise your nipples might crack. You have to do some homework on the best breast pumps in the market so you know which ones are good. Also, there are certain foods that can actually increase breast milk supply. If you eat these foods, your milk supply is sure to go up.

Clogged Milk Ducts

When we say clogged milk ducts, we mean that the milk is there but it won’t come out. This is actually a very common problem that a lot of mothers would have. Symptoms of clogged milk ducts would be soreness and lumps in the breast. The main culprit for this kind of problem would usually be stress. If you are stressed and not well rested, you’ll probably have problems getting the milk to flow properly. If you are too tired, get your partner to take over caring for the baby first while you have a nap. You can also massage your breasts to unclog the ducts.

Pump

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Inverted Nipples

When you breastfeed, there will probably be times when your nipples will retract. This isn’t really something serious but it will make feeding more difficult as your baby won’t be able to find the nipple. So, how do you deal with this problem? The fastest way would be to use your pump before you breastfeed. The pump will automatically pull the nipple out so the baby won’t have a problem finding it.

Bad Mastitis

Mastitis is an infection that affects your breasts and causes pain. Although it is very common among mothers right after birth, it can lead to something worse if not attended to right away. Since it is a bacterial infection, then you can cure it using an antibiotic. If you have mastitis, I would suggest that you don’t let your baby latch until it is gone. Just pump the milk and put it in a bottle so your baby can still have breast milk.

It is normal for breastfeeding mothers to be uncomfortable at this stage. However, there are ways on how to make things easier and more comfortable. If you happen to experience any of the problems mentioned above, take a look at the solutions so you know how to solve them.