Labor to childbirth -What to expect during the hospital stay

Labor to childbirth -What to expect during the hospital stay

Motherhood is a challenging phase of life. before giving birth women are all excited about holding a baby in their arms, looking at the joyful side of a journey. The journey from labor pains to childbirth is a life-changing event.

Counting babies kicks and most of all watching your baby moving in your third-trimester belly is one of the fondest memories of being pregnant. 

Rest assured the joys of holding a baby are beautiful and you are going to have the most cherishable memories of all times. 

Now you are ready to give birth and excited too, I highly recommend you should visit your hospital pre-birth and get yourself registered. This will save you a lot of time when you will be actually in labor and need immediate assistance. 

Moreover, I also recommend you to give your hospital a visit to get yourself aware where is the labor and delivery area plus sign up

For the hospital labor and delivery department a tour to be well aware of the rooms and other formalities, you might have to take care of. 

Hospital bag Essentials for the delivery day that you must pack by 34 weeks.

What to expect when you are in labor 

This is a very common question for first-time moms when you know it’s time to bring baby home. 

Having all those excitement and butterflies in your belly; one fine day your time would come with real pains and probably with a gush of water.  

When you know these are not Braxton hicks (false contractions) and you could actually time your pains at equal intervals. If your contractions are exactly at 20 minutes interval, maybe less or more, you need to pack up your hospital bag. 

Well, as a matter of fact, these contractions interval may take days to shrink down to maybe 5 minutes or 3 minutes. Whenever you are able to time them for like 2 to 3 hours at the same interval, you need to call your doctor, nurse or a midwife at your hospital you are planning on to deliver. 

If your water breaks, you need to call right away, even you do not feel any sort of contraction or pains. 

Once you are at the hospital, you need to check in with all those bands with barcodes. These bands are going to stay on your wrist until you are staying at the hospital. 

What happens in the labor room? 

Nurses would take care of everything when you get there. If you have more frequent contractions, they would find out and provide immediate assistance. Your doctor or midwife is going to find out how much dilated you are by that time. 

If your labor pains are not very frequent and you don’t seem to be dilated more than 2 cm, you might be sent back home. 

If your baby is full-term at 39 weeks, you might want to discuss the option of Pitocin, a medicine to speed up the labor pains. 

You can opt for epidural. Before that, you need to eat or drink whatever you want because once you get epidural you won’t be able to drink water even.

What happens in the surgery room in case you have scheduled a cesarean or emergency C-section? 

If you have a scheduled C-section due to many reasons like baby’s position, multiple fetuses, health concerns, etc., chances are you have to get it in the morning. Thus, you have to make sure you should not have eaten at least 12 hours on the day of C-section. You have to be an empty stomach.

 Eat well the night before and sleep better as you are already signing up for sleep deprivation motherhood brings. 🙂 

Epidural or General Anesthesia 

By any chance you end up having C-section, you most likely be given epidural (spinal) If not general anesthesia. 

Nurses would make sure your area for the incision is shaved. 

After that, they are going to apply medicine and all the surgical procedure you can expect. 

Although doctors, surgeons, anesthesia staff, nurses, every concerned person would be in the surgery room. However, if you want your partner or husband to be in the surgery room, you can surely ask nurses. 

They are going to provide the medicated clothes for him so that he can be with you inside the surgery room and you both could enjoy the birth of your baby. 

What to expect right after Childbirth

You might be an expert by now for what happens in pregnancy and how to deal with those nauseous mornings, but getting to know what happens in the hospital right after birth is not too far now. 

Curious to know or not – here the things you must need to know what happens after birth. 

1. Apgar Evaluation 

This is a necessary evaluation procedure done after birth. The purpose is to see if there are any medical concerns or not. Doctors measure five signs of the baby’s condition 

  • Heart rate 
  • Breathing 
  • Reflexes 
  • Activity and muscles tone 
  • Skin color

Apgar evaluation score varies from 0 to 10. Babies who score 7 or more are considered healthy. Low Apgar score does not mean any necessary medical concerns.

Researchers say that in more than 98% of babies, quite often the Apgar score reaches 7 within 5 minutes of baby’s life as it is checked twice in the first 5 minutes of baby’s life after birth. 

2. Vitamin K injection 

Babies are born with vitamin K deficiency as it does not reach the placenta during pregnancy. Thus, doctors make sure that babies get vitamin K injection right after birth to make sure no bleeding in the brain or intestines could occur. Right after the birth baby is given vitamin K injection to help with blood to clot. 

3. Antibiotic eye ointment

Your baby will be applied Erythromycin an eye antibiotic ointment to her eyes so that it does not cause an infection that could occur during delivery. Infections could occur due to sexually transmitted diseases, gonorrhea,  and chlamydia.

If you are concerned, babies can see through the ointment and it is not irritating for babies.  

4. Oxygen saturation testing 

This procedure is done to check for lower levels of oxygen in the baby’s bloodstream that might identify any significant yet rare heart defects. This is a needleless procedure involves placing a band-aid-like sensor on the baby’s right hand and right foot. 

4. Baby Foot is printed

Your baby’s foot will be printed. 

5. Identification Bands on wrists and legs 

Your baby will also be wearing an identification band on with your name as a mother. 

6. Skin to skin 

Research has shown that an hour after birth is when your baby is very awake and alert and during that time and it is highly recommended when mother and baby has to be more on skin to skin. 

7. Regulating the baby’s body temperature

Baby’s lose body heat fairly quickly, thus it is highly advisable to practice more and more skin to skin to regulate baby’s body temperature after birth. 

8. Latching or Breastfeeding right after birth 

As soon as your baby is done with all those requirements after birth, mothers are advised to start breastfeeding their babies right away, as this will help with the flow of milk supply for moms. 

Breastfeeding has numerous benefits along with it helps the uterus to come back to its original size within 6 weeks. 

9. Bonding with your baby 

Right after birth, It is very normal to feel overjoyed to see your little bundle of happiness. Some mothers cannot feel that way which is normal too. Do not stress about bonding if you are not in that state of mind, because most of the time it is the effect of medicines as well. 

However, dads would be happy to perform skin to skin if mom is having a surgical delivery. 

In my both C section deliveries, at the time my first one was born I was in labor pains for three days, tired and exhausted, yet I just was super excited about bonding with my little guy. On the other hand, while with my second delivery, which was within 19 months, it took a while for me to feel normal again I was having extreme shoulder pain and my blood pressure dropped significantly. I just could not talk. And I could not hold her for a long time. 

It is not advisable to hold your baby when you are not feeling normal about yourself. Bonding can weight but you as a healthy mother is more important. 

Start skin to skin the moment you start feeling better and want to connect. 

Nursing, latching, and feeding after childbirth

If you are a first-time mom, and you THINK that you KNOW how to breastfeed, do not stay in this misconception. 

There is a big difference between knowing something and actually doing it.

Some babies do not know how to latch. They will learn slowly and gradually. 

However, some babies are great at latching. They know suckle very well. 

I would highly recommend first-time moms to consult a lactation specialist. Many hospitals in the US offer lactation classes which are super helpful. 

Doctors would not allow you to go home if your baby is not having enough wet and dirty diapers. This means your baby is not having enough to eat. 

The lactation consultants will visit you every day during your hospital stay and are there to help. Seek help, consult if you are struggling with breastfeeding. 

Some facts about breastfeeding after childbirth

Moms expect delayed milk supply as it takes time to settle in. However, babies are not going to eat too much in the beginning. 

Colostrum is the thick form of milk that comes in before the milk supply.  Colostrum is the most beneficial first baby food and sufficient for the early days of a baby’s life. 

If you are not mentally or physically ready to take care of your baby, talk to your nurse about it. They are there to help. You can ask them to take your baby for the night and have her in the nursery room so you can sleep or rest for that night. 

You can also tell them to bring the baby in for her feed or they could give formula if you have talked to your doctor about it. 

Whatever you decide to feed your baby, remember FED IS THE BEST. 

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What happens during the hospital stay

While you stay a the hospital nurses give you a chart to record about your baby eats, wee and poo schedule. 

You have to feed every 2 hours or as per demand. The more you nurse the earlier and quick would be the milk supply. 

Care providers want you to time baby’s eating, pee, and poo schedule to ensure baby is performing great after birth

Baby’s First Poop

Baby’s first poo is called Meconium which is made of mucus, amniotic fluid and everything which baby has ingested while in the womb. Meconium is a black almost tar-like consistency. 

Rarely, during normal delivery, babies tend to poo during the delivery process (while passing through the birth canal) which has to be monitored closely. It should not be swallowed as it could pose high risks. 

Some babies poo within the first couple of days after birth. This first poo meconium is a good sign that means your baby’s digestive system is working just fine. 

Colostrum, your first milk, will help meconium to excrete out of the baby’s body. It protects against infections and also acts as a laxative.

Well during your hospital stay doctors and nurses are going to closely monitor your baby’s health after birth. 

Vital Signs test

Vital signs test is a baby’s hearing screening test.  

This test is done before you leave the hospital. During this hearing screening, babies are monitored to respond to any sounds by using tiny earphones. 

Some babies do not pass their test on their first attempt due to fluids in ears. There are very likely to pass the next day or so.  In order to keep baby calm, the examiner might have to give sweet water (don’t worry, it’s just a drop) to have baby calm during the test. 

Hearing problems are not very uncommon. If newborns by any chance do not pass the test, it would be helpful to treat any hearing defects earlier. 

Physical weight check

Baby’s weight is monitored right at birth and then within the first few days after birth. It is very normal for babies to reduce weight during the first few days of their life. 

It is normal for a baby to lose 7 to 10 percent of birth weight in the first couple of days after birth. If your baby keeps losing weight more than 10% of birth weight then you might want to consider supplementing. 

Waiting for breastmilk supply is a great way to ensure healthy nutrition for your baby, BUT, if your baby is losing weight and you are struggling with milk supply, you should discuss your concerns about it with your doctor. 

They measure the baby’s weight, height, and head circumference. 

They are going to check how is your baby breathing.

Number of wet and dirty

To ensure how well your baby is eating, the number of wet diapers could depict. If your baby does not wee or have a wet diaper within 24 hours then your baby needs more nutrition. 

Despite, your baby is losing weight after birth within limits even then the number of wet diapers confirms your baby is eating just fine. 

If there are no wet diapers for more than 24 hours then you should be concerned. 

Shots / vaccinations 

If your baby has got a shot/vaccination, the hospital will provide you with a card and name of the vaccination with dates and everything that you need to know for a record. 

Hep B vaccination

All Babies get the hepatitis B vaccine before leaving the hospital. HBV is a series of three different shots. All three of them will be received over the course of two years i.e. three times in 24 months. 

Newborn Metabolic screening

This test is done by pricking your baby’s heel to take blood samples to rule out any signs of illness or diseases. This is done to make sure the baby does not have any disabilities, organ damage, etc. 

First bath 

The nurse is going to give the baby a bath. Wash baby’s hair and rest she sponge bath baby without having umbilical cord wet.

Additional tests for baby

Measuring bilirubin levels 

Some, but not all, newborns require a bilirubin level check – a substance in the bloodstream responsible for causing jaundice. 

Baby’s blood type test 

Those babies who are born to women having Rh negative or O blood type must be tested. Other babies may get tested depending on the requirements and circumstances. 

Other blood tests 

Other tests are done to check blood sugar, blood counts, and blood cultures as per the circumstances. 

Circumcision

Circumcision is the surgical procedure of removing foreskin on a baby boy’s penis.

Most but not all, boys get their penis circumcised before hospital discharge. Choosing this procedure could be personal or religious preference and could be scheduled even after discharge from the hospital

In case you want to get it done for your baby boy, circumcision is widely practiced all over the world with many health benefits. 

Always discuss its pros and cons with your doctor before you even decide to get it done for your baby boy. 

Given the risks and concerns, this needs a lot of aftercare. Watch any signs of an infection. Keep the area dry and keep it covered with cotton gauze and a substantial amount of petroleum jelly on the wee-wee area. 

This does not mean to get the process done right away. If you want your boy to get this done, you may want to do it in a couple of days after birth. The earlier the better as it heals pretty quickly within just a few days. 

Nurses are going to guide you with care instructions. 

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Breastfeeding tips for new moms

Breastfeeding tips for new moms

We all know what breastfeeding is, but knowing and practically doing are two different things. Breastfeeding experience varies from one mom to the other.

You have to know what breastfeeding may seem like in the first couple of weeks, it won’t stay like that. Those who are worrying about the flow should know that there have been millions of moms who were able to breastfeed successfully.

That being said, every mom has struggled with breastfeeding one way or the other.

You must have heard the slogan, “breast is best”, indeed it is due to its natural benefits and nutritional value. Breastfeeding is getting popular as compared to a few decades ago when fewer moms chose to breastfeed.

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Tips for breastfeeding moms

Although it takes several weeks for breastfeeding moms to have everything go smooth and you may have to give your baby some time to establish a good latch that will eventually lead to a picture-perfect breastfeeding experience. Remember every mom’s experience is different and so as their body.

For exclusively breastfeeding, new moms have to stay put and see how well you experience yourself as a nursing mom.

For moms who choose a combination feed for their babies does not make them bad in any way. in addition to that, there are a few moms who may not have enough supply even after several weeks of trying. No matter what way you choose to feed your baby, remember, “fed is best”. You should not starve your child just for the sake of giving breast only.

1. Milk Supply takes a couple of days

Before you jump on to supplementing, remember breastmilk and the right flow takes about a couple of weeks. It is a matter of supply on demand. Your baby’s latch is essential to have the flow ready.

Babies take time to latch. Some are quick learners. They have good suckle naturally, while some have to learn and they take their sweet time.

2. Take the right advice

You may have tons and tons of advice or pressure from other moms in the family, friends, nurses, doctors, lactation consultants, listen to what they say. Some of the advice may prove to be helpful. Also, be aware you may end up having unsolicited suggestions, contradictory, confusing or just plain wrong advice.

If you want to breastfeed, someone’s advice may prove to be helpful and make things better for you. But if it is not helpful in any way, follow what you think best for your child.

Caution: this is not a doctor’s advice but a mom’s

During this struggling period, if you think your newborn is losing weight and dehydrated due to no milk supply or less milk supply, you have to discuss it with your doctor. DO NOT STARVE YOUR BABY just out of sheer pressure of breastfeeding.

It is okay to wait for milk supply if you wish but for that, you have to remember, neither every baby is the same nor every mom, choose what is best at the right time for your baby.

3. Search for support groups

Breastfeeding could be daunting and painful in the beginning but it is not going to be the same in the coming week or months. It is going to be a beautiful motherhood experience.

However, if you still feel overwhelmed search up for support.

i). IBCLC

Find an international board-certified lactation consultant IBCLC. These consultants are professionals with knowledge and training in breastfeeding support. Ask your hospital or your baby’s doctor for the name of a local lactation consultant.

Visit www.ilca.org to find an IBCLC near you.

ii). Check out la leche league international

Call the national breastfeeding helpline call la leche league or visit their website www.lalecheleague.org

iii). Get help from the hospital

Hospitals offer breastfeeding classes with lactation specialists. For the first time moms, they may want you to have a lactation class at the hospital if you are struggling with breastfeeding experience. Always ask your hospital or nurses if there is something like that.

I highly recommend first-time moms to take breastfeeding class at the hospital or take advantage of lactation expert visits while you stay at the hospital.

 They are really helpful if you want to LEARN how to breastfeed.

Turn to your pediatrician for further advice or assistance.

Always talk to your baby’s pediatricians about your problems and struggles with breastfeeding and they will help you.

iv). Help from friends and family

Don’t be hesitant to enlist your spouse, partner, or friends.

Join a support group or don’t be afraid to talk to your friends and family about it. Someone’s advice or support may prove to be helpful.

4. Breastfeeding is healthiest of all feeding options

Breastfeeding is healthiest in all aspects. Not only it is nutritionally healthy food for babies, but it also reduces the risk of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome), reduces the infections, allergens or concerning health conditions.

Breastfeeding gives moms an altogether different perspective. Your breasts are nurturing a child is an incredibly beautiful experience for moms.

Although mother feed is the healthiest food for baby, however, it should not take a toll on your mental and physical health.

There is always room for formula feeding if you ever want to think about it. Even though a few moms get overwhelmed with the idea of breastfeeding but still most of them choose to breastfeed.

Read more about when to choose a combination feed for your baby.

5. Latch your baby right after delivery

Once you deliver, the first thing you are asked to do at the hospital is to latch your baby to the breast. Some babies learn it fast while some may take time. This totally depends on the hospital staff attitude towards breastfeeding.

It is very obvious for moms to feel emotionally and physically exhausted, which may hinder breastfeeding experience. It does not hurt to take some time in order to feel physically or emotionally ready to breastfeed.

However, the ideal situation would be to start latching or breastfeeding, right after delivery (even in the delivery room or recovery room). The sooner the better.

6. Breastfeed every 2 hours or more frequent

Sometimes nurses may take babies to the nursery room and feed a ready-made bottle so that moms can rest. If you want to breastfeed the right way, you should start while you are in the hospital at least every 2 hours to establish a good milk supply immediately after delivery.

7. Getting Comfortable While Breastfeeding

When you are breastfeeding, you have to make sure you are comfortable. Either you had a vaginal delivery or a C-section delivery, you have to make sure the way you are holding a baby is not putting stress on your shoulders, belly, back, etc. Your posture should be straight and comfortable.

Have a couple of pillows for support. Keeping your essentials in an arm’s reach is helpful, a book, a phone, some snacks to munch on, a water bottle, TV remote control, etc.

While you are nursing, you have to make sure, you are not leaning on the baby rather bring your baby to the level of breasts by using support pillows or nursing pillows.

However, there are different ways you can choose to breastfeed.

i) Cradle hold

This is the most common way to breastfeed. If you had a C-section delivery you need a lot of belly support. Wearing a postpartum belly belt would give you good support. However, it may get a little uncomfortable for too many layers but it is helpful for breastfeeding as well as shrinking your body faster.

Putting pillows in the back would give your back good support to avoid any aches and pains while breastfeeding. Have a specially designed nursing pillow that would help in positioning your baby sideways.

Remember you bring baby closer to you, not lean on to get closer to the baby. Adjust baby’s height with pillows and support the baby’s head with your arm on each side while breastfeeding.

Before you try other breastfeeding positions, you should be aware of your baby has started latching.

ii) Football or clutch hold

You position your baby on one side of your arm just like a football player holding a football under his arm and runs the downfield. Position baby’s head closer to your breasts so you can nurse with convenience.

iii) Side by side are lying down position

Once you get comfortable breastfeeding and get your flow just in time, you can breastfeed in laying down position. You can do this if you feel exhausted or just due to c-section delivery.

8. Make sure there is enough Breathing room for baby

Regardless of what breastfeeding position you choose, you have to make sure you and your baby are comfortable. Your baby needs support under her head. But you still need to make sure there is plenty of room for her to adjust while she is close to your breast.

There should be enough room to breathe at all times. As a general rule, at least one nostril is visible at all times and not completely covered by your breast.

9. Make the best use of Colostrum

It is the first natural food for your baby, thick and yellowish milk your breast starts producing earlier in the second trimester. Colostrum provides them everything they need for the first several days of life including nutrition and infection-fighting antibodies.

By the end of the first week, if not sooner, you most likely be able to produce runny flow milk called transitional milk.

However, if you are already producing colostrum, you are almost halfway there.

10. Ensure a Proper Latch

When your baby latches, you have to make sure, it has the whole areola in her mouth (the darker part) as she sucks.

To nurse effectively, babies tend to use their tongues to essentially lap or massage milk out of the breasts.

However, sucking with no outcome is going to be painful for a while and after that, it is smooth sailing.

Read this on how to fight painful breastfeeding for the first few weeks.

11. Develop baby’s interest in nursing

You have to develop your baby’s interest in breastmilk by gently expressing a few drops to have her coming for the target.

Rooting reflex is a reflex that should have a baby open her mouth in search of mom’s nipple.

Try to lightly stroke her cheeks just to the sides on her mouth to stimulate rooting reflex. You should help her open her mouth wide.

If baby’s suckle is bothering you because of the wrong latch, gently insert your finger in baby mouth and pull a breast out with the help of your finger. Do not just pull off as it is going to hurt more.

Do not hesitate to try again if the baby refused to nurse for the first time.

12. Dealing with tongue-tie

You have to make sure if your breastfeeding experience is not working with all the struggle, there are chances your baby is tongue-tied.

Tongue-tie is caused when a piece of tissue under the tongue limits the ability of the tongue to extend known as ankyloglossia. The vast majority of babies have been able to successfully breastfeed with no issues. However, for some in order for them to breastfeed, they need a minor procedure to help them latching.

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13. When breastfeeding becomes painful

Not every breast or nipple is created equal. There are different sizes and shapes. Sometimes nipple size may become a problem for breastfeeding. In order to solve that, moms may use a nipple shield for a better breastfeeding experience.  

Breastfeeding becomes painful with sore nipples, cracked and dry nipples that hurt. Once you have the flow and your baby gets a proper latch then the pain surely fades away.

Mild irritation or discomfort that occurs only at the start of each feeding is generally associated with newness of breastfeeding. Use alternate breasts to get used to the new journey of nursing.

Once mother feed starts coming in, you have to make sure the baby is latching properly and the pain will go away. Using nipple cream after every feed is highly recommended.

Learn how to fight breastfeeding discomforts.

14. Timeline for milk supply you should keep in mind

It takes about 2 to 5 days for milk to settle in from colostrum to transitional milk, and then mature milk.

Although for some moms it is a few hours of colostrum and then good enough milk to have a sufficient flow of transitional milk. Mom and baby both get hang of breastfeeding smoothly.

There could be a number of factors in delayed milk production, most common in C-section moms.

The effect of IVs for C-sections mom.

The effect of a medicine.

15. How much milk supply is enough in the beginning

However, for a few new moms, it is not as easy as it may sound. The noticeable change in milk takes place over the course of a few days. If you are concerned about your milk flow, or if your newborn baby is getting enough, or there are signs when you are not sure what is going on.

For instance, you may notice a perfect latch but no supply or your baby is crying unusually too much possible due to hunger or, not having enough wet diapers, then you should never delay a visit to a pediatrician.

Not every case is the same. You should never delay if you feel your baby is not getting enough.

When milk production progress, you would know when yellowish milk becomes white, appears thinner and clearer.

The baby would be making more obvious and gulping noises, and they may seem more calm and busy

Every mom would have that tingling sensation, although not the same for everyone when milk production increases and breasts become more fuller.

16. Ways you can deal with breast engorgement

When milk production starts, fullness from breastmilk often called engorgement. It means full to the capacity of being painful.

Frequently nursing your baby can help with breast engorgement as fuller breasts can be painful and the letdown tingle can be seriously uncomfortable for new moms.

Using a Breast pump can be helpful if the let-down is pretty quick.

Express some of the milk to relieve the pain. And expression to the extent that your body gets the message of producing more.

Taking a warm shower and using a warm compress on your breast can be a source of relief.

17. Dealing with Mastitis

Mastitis is the breast infection when one of the milk ducts gets infected that stores milk. This will cause swollen, red, painful breasts. In a couple of days, you start feeling sick, feverish, very achy in your breast.

You need to start antibiotics once it is evaluated by the professional health provider.

In the meantime, you can still breastfeed as frequent as every two hours to keep the breasts becoming overly sore

Make sure your baby is latched on well every time you breastfeed and try to change the positions.

  • Apply a warm compress
  • Wear a supportive bra and try to massage breast may speed up the healing process.

18. Dealing with Leaking breasts

Not every mom has the same amount of leaking breast issues.

Leakage will subside with time. You may experience more leakage with your first child doesn’t mean it is going to be the same as the second one too. This process will take its own time of recovery. Do not stress over it.

Another way you can stop leaking is by putting inward pressure on your breasts. Pushing back your breasts with closed arms if you are in public, may work most of the time.

Using breast pads and keep a few in your baby bag if you have leaky breasts most of the time, would help with public exposure of wet shirts.

19. Use nursing bra for the better breastfeeding experience

A good nursing bra, a sports bra is going to be super helpful for your whole breastfeeding experience. It is not only going to protect your breast from sagging but also keep them in a good shape.

  1. You need a good fitting bra, not too tight and try to wear it 24/7.
  2. Prefer a comfort and convenience when choosing a bra that you are going to wear 24 hours a day.
  3. It should be easy to use and has flaps to fasten and unfasten.
  4. There is a room of expansion as when the breasts are fuller, it should not be bulging out.

20. Feeding frequency

The aim is to give 8 to 12 feedings to your newborn baby during 24 hours.

For newborns, you need to feed more frequently every 2 to 3 hours once your milk supply settles in.

During the day, keep it more frequent feedings for a better and faster flow. However, for the night, if your newborn sleeps for at the most 4 hours and eats well during the day then you can stretch your night feedings for upto 4 hours. Set your alarm to feed your baby.

Most likely babies wake up within 3 to 4 hours at night to breastfeed.

If you are struggling with your milk flow and your baby is not eating well during the day or does not have enough wet diapers, then you should wake up every two hours to establish a good flow to breastfeed.

When you are trying to establish a breastfeeding routine for your newborn, you should breast every 2 to 3 hours, keeping one stretch for 4 hours or more preferably at night for a better routine.

21. Breastfeeding on the go

One of the advantages of breastfeeding is you can nurse whenever your baby needs to eat. Either you are traveling by car or in an airplane, visiting a friend or going to the mall, you have all the ease and convenience of feeding your baby without having to worry about bottles.

22. Breastfeeding in public

Many moms, if not all, are comfortable breastfeeding in public and there is nothing wrong about it. It is all about when and what your baby needs and how comfortable you are to breastfeed in public.

Using a nursing cover while in public is the best you can do for having some privacy.

23. Breastfeeding by number

Breastfeeding every 2 to 3 hours means, if you are feeding at 8 AM in the morning, that may last till 8:30 with a consequent diaper change, then the next feed is going to be at 10:30.

If the nursing session lasts from 8 AM till 9 am on each breast, then the next feeding will be at 11 am.

24. How frequent mom should nurse

Moms need to feed 8 to 12 feedings in 24 hours a day to make sure your newborn is not dehydrated and gaining weight.

25. Consider Signs of inadequate Milk supply

Newborns who are still waiting for mother’s milk to come in or those who are slow to latch on, or nurse even when there is abundant milk supply would end up having less energy and tend to sleep more.

When newborns seem less interested in feeding become lethargic, sleepy, dehydrated and more fatigued.

In the beginning, new moms have to work hard to have them eat every 2 to 3 hours during the day to establish routine and healthy weight gain.

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26. When your baby is on Breastfeeding strikes

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27. Things you should know about Baby’s weight

This is a really important measure after birth. Although all newborns are expected to lose weight after birth but not more than 7 to 10% of their birth weight. Your pediatrician in 3 to 5 days appointment can tell you if your baby is losing more weight. On your baby’s 2 weeks checkup, if she is gaining back her birth weight then it is a sign the breastfeeding experience is going great.

However, if your baby is losing weight then it is a matter of concern and you should not delay a visit or call doctor’s office without waiting for a 2-week checkup.

28. Alternate breasts to nurse

Nursing on both sides every time is going to be helpful for good flow on both sides as well as avoid engorgement on one breast.

Ideally, 15-minutes of breastfeeding on each side is going to prevent any lopsidedness in your breasts.

29. Hindmilk – benefit of emptying breasts

Some experts believed that fully nursing on one side would give babies a dessert equivalent of hindmilk that is richer in fats and more creamy than foremilk that babies need to grow and develop.

If you notice, your baby has green frothy poops, this could be a sign your baby is not getting enough hindmilk.

Emptying one breast in each feeding would help your baby benefit from hindmilk.

Keep track of what side you have nursed previously and then start off with the other side if you are choosing one side for each feeding.

Use breastfeeding reminder bands so that you do not forget which side you nursed last.

30. Do not worry about newborns bad habits

There is no such thing as spoiling your newborn babies for the first several weeks. If your baby demands feed or seem hungry, nurse if needed. You should always be available to your newborn needs in order to make sure they are well fed.

31. Avoid Using Pacifier for the first few weeks

Newborns tend to suck on as their natural instinct. For some babies, sucking is not just about getting fed. This interest is known as non-nutritive sucking and this is the reason why pacifiers come in handy to console the fussy baby.

Using a pacifier may calm babies when they just want to suck on fingers or breasts with no urge to eat.

You can use a pacifier to help baby sleep at night.

32. When you should start using a bottle to feed

If you want to introduce a bottle whether formula or breastmilk in a bottle you should wait at least 4 to 6 weeks until you have a good milk supply to pump. Babies find artificial nipples more convenient and effortless than to lap out milk out of breasts.

So if you want to introduce a bottle, wait for a few weeks. Let your baby get regular on latching, nursing, peeing, pooping and gaining weight then you can start on pacifier or bottle feeding.

Anxious to breastfeed? when to choose a combination feed for your baby.

33. Facts about pumping breastmilk

For irregular pumping, you can use a manual pump. Whereas for a routine and scheduled pumping, using an electric pump is a great option.

Besides, what type of pump you end up getting, Haakaa manual pump is something you need anyway. This will help moms save gold milk during sudden leaks and preserve it with a lid. Also, it can significantly help with breast engorgement which is painful.

Most likely if you have insurance, you may get on free from your insurance depending on the perks you have.

If you are pumping then there are chances your body is producing more milk. You can pump and store in the freezer in milk storing bags.

34. Keeping milk outside or frozen

Breastmilk is good for 6 to 8 hours at room temperature if it is very clean but no more than 3 to 4 hours is the best.

Refrigerated breastmilk is good if used within 3 days. It is still okay if used within 3 to 5 days.

Breastmilk can be frozen and used for up to 12 months on 0-degree Fahrenheit or colder. Otherwise 6 months on 24 degrees Fahrenheit or less.

 Once you thaw frozen breastmilk you should never freeze again.

Writing dates on the milk storing bags is a great way to avoid any expired milk consumption. However, as a general rule of thumb if breastmilk smells bad it is better to dispose of.

35. Breastfeeding moms eating habits

Breastfeeding doesn’t take more than 500 calories a day. Moms do not have to go wild over their cravings. However, you still have the right to eat for two. Drink plenty of water and avoid extra sugars to stay in shape and lose weight while you are breastfeeding.

Babies can handle pretty much everything you eat, however, you still want to avoid some gassy foods for several weeks when your baby’s digestive system is developing. Although this is not supported by research, yet a lot of moms swear by some foods that they ate made their babies gassy.

Whenever you breastfeed keep a water bottle with you to stay hydrated. You can have flavored water or just plain water as per your taste. Staying hydrated can definitely help things get flowing.

Read more

Postpartum diet for new moms.

Food that helps moms improve milk supply for breastfeeding moms.

36. Medication for Breastfeeding moms

Whether you are taking supplements, herbal medication, prescription or pain medication, you should always talk to your doctor about it, regardless. Medications may have a negative effect on the milk supply.

Some medication is safe to use in breastfeeding as it does not have any effect on breastfeeding babies.

Studies reveal that intake of Caffeine – i.e. 2 to 3 cups of coffee (200 to 300 mg of caffeine) per day poses no inherent harm to nursing mothers and babies.

That being said, if you still notice your baby is irritable or fussy, you might want to try decreasing or gradually eliminating your caffeine intake.

37. Impact of Smoking and alcohol on breastmilk

Smoking cigarettes pose some health issues for your newborn. It may increase the risk of asthma, and SIDS.

Those moms, who still smoke, the AAP recommends only doing so right after nursing, smoking no more than a few cigarettes, and never smoking around your baby in your house or car.

Consumption of alcohol may significantly impair mothers’ ability to care for their newborns. However, knowing all those side effects of alcohol, AAP recommends having an occasional drink of alcohol right after nursing. Wait for 2 hours for the alcohol content to drop in breastmilk before starting the next feed.

Marijuana has the ability to reach fetuses during pregnancy and as well as potentially affect breastfed infants.

38. Bottles and nipples care for pumping

For newborns, the 4-ounce bottle is a perfect choice. When baby gets bigger you can start using 6 to 8 ounces bottles.

When you choose a bigger bottle make sure you also buy nipples for 3 months and 6 months as required to have better flow and better feeding experience.

Angled bottles and those with disposable bags, built-in vents or flow, may help in swallowing less air while feeding. An added benefit of milk storing bags is, you need to wash only nipples in the end.

39. Safety measure on Heating Breastmilk

Do not use the microwave for heating breastmilk, However, bottle warmers are the best option to warm breastmilk.

40. How to clean up bottles

Although all ready to feed bottles come with packages nipples that are safe to use, however it is still recommended to sterilize all feeding supplies and pacifiers before using.

You can buy a sterilizer available in the market or else you can sterilize your supplies by putting them in boiling water for about 5 minutes.

Washing bottles after every feeding is also practiced by many parents and that also kills most of the germs.

Invest in bottle and nipple brushes that are inexpensive and invaluable for cleaning hard to reach places.

You can buy a dishwasher safe basket to hold all your small feeding supplies to wash in a dishwasher.

41. Take Growth spurts into consideration

When babies grow their needs, and eating requirements grow too. That means increased hunger as your baby keeps growing. So moms need to incorporate variability in baby’s everyday routine.

42. Feed on demand or Cluster feeding

When you choose to feed on demand is called cluster feeding. If a baby decided to eat several times of the day when you are not following a 2 to 3 hours timeline.

Remember, babies who eat well during the day may end up sleeping at stretch at night.

Read more

13 Baby’s sleep mistakes you should not make from the very beginning.

43. Use vitamin D drops while breastfeeding

Vitamin D is an important nutrient that helps prevent rickets and strengthens the immune system and reduce the risk of diabetes and other chronic diseases.

Chances are your pediatrician is going to provide you with vitamin D drops on your baby’s first checkup. You may have to apply a few drops on your nipple so the baby can easily suck on while feeding.

Breastfed babies need vitamin D drops whereas among formula-fed babies require only those who do not drink at least 32 ounces of formula every day.

44. Choosing pacifier

You can choose to use a pacifier for your baby if she is super fussy and sucking on fingers even after getting a good number of feedings.

Be sure not to offer pacifier when your baby needs to be fed and hungry.

Babies seem disinterested in pacifiers when they do not see anything coming out of it. Keep trying if you feel your baby is still in search of breast just for comforts not because of hunger.

45. when babies get gas due to mother feed

Breastfed babies tend to get gassy due to specific types of food moms eat. Although this argument is not supported by science still many moms notice babies being fussier when they eat certain types of food. Not every mom face this, like I said, every mom and baby is different.

What food new moms should eat during postpartum.

This does not mean you should avoid eating gassy foods altogether, however, the best approach is to avoid gassy foods for about 4 to 6 weeks after delivery until the baby’s digestive system gets mature enough to handle gas.

Read more

How to relieve gas issues in babies.

How to soothe colic or a fussy baby.

These are the breastfeeding suggestions for new moms. Let me know in the comments if you have something to share.

Struggles of breastfeeding – How to survive the discomforts during the first few weeks

Struggles of breastfeeding – How to survive the discomforts during the first few weeks

Although it may take several weeks for breastfeeding moms to have everything go smooth and you may have to give your baby some time to establish a good latch that will eventually lead to a picture-perfect breastfeeding experience. Remember every mom’s experience is different and so as their body.

For exclusively breastfeeding, new moms have to stay put and see how well you experience yourself as a nursing mom.

For moms who choose a combination feed of their babies does not make them bad in any way. in addition to that, there are a few moms who may not have enough supply even after several weeks of trying. No matter what way you choose to feed your baby, remember, “fed is best”. You should not starve your child just for the sake of giving breast only.

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Struggles for breastmilk supply

The irony is what’s natural doesn’t always come naturally. Breastmilk is natural but it takes time to have enough supply. Unfortunately, this becomes a struggle for new moms to have that idealistic picture of breastfeeding.

Babies take time to latch. Some are quick learners. They have good suckle naturally, while some have to learn and they take their sweet time.

You may have tons and tons of advice or pressure from other moms in the family, friends, nurses, doctors, lactation consultants, listen to what they say. Some of the advice may prove to be helpful.

Also, be aware you may end up having unsolicited suggestions, contradictory, confusing or just plain wrong advice.

If you are new to breastfeeding, here is what you need to know. 40+ breastfeeding tips for new moms to have a smooth breastfeeding journey.

When breastfeeding becomes painful and how to deal with breast irritations

For good nursing experience, you have to make sure your baby is latching on properly called an asymmetrical latch.

1. Use Nipple Shield

Not every breast or nipple is created equal. There are different sizes and shapes. Sometimes nipple size may become a problem for breastfeeding. In order to solve that, moms may use a nipple shield for a better breastfeeding experience.  

Breastfeeding becomes painful with sore nipples, cracked and dry nipples that hurt. Once you have the flow and your baby gets a proper latch then the pain surely fades away. Mild irritation or discomfort that occurs only at the start of each feeding is generally associated with newness of breastfeeding.

You have to make sure, the pain will go away in a couple of weeks after you establish a good milk supply.

2. Use Nipple Cream

Use a lanolin cream to help with sore nipples. Apply generously before and after the feed and let it air dry. Or using your own breastmilk on the breast is an effective remedy to help cracked nipples.

If one breast is hurting, choose the other one. 

However, if the pain does not go away for a few weeks, seek professional help.

Sometimes it is about yeast infection that is not letting the discomfort go away. For any breast-related issue that is making you uncomfortable and it is not getting better, do not hesitate to seek doctor’s advice.

Cramping in your abdomen

When you have milk flow coming in, you may notice cramping in your uterus. This is the reason if you breastfeed, your uterus shrinks back to its original size in a few weeks. These contractions are considered responsible for triggering the milk let-down reflex.

When will milk come

As we have discussed it takes about 2 to 5 days for milk to settle in from colostrum to transitional milk, and then mature milk.

Although for some moms it is a few hours of colostrum and then good enough milk to have a sufficient flow of transitional milk. Mom and baby both get hang of breastfeeding smoothly.

However, for a few new moms, it is not as easy as it may sound. The noticeable change in milk takes place over the course of a few days. If you are concerned about your milk flow, or if your newborn baby is getting enough, or there are signs when you are not sure what is going on, for instance, you may notice a perfect latch but no supply or your baby is crying unusually too much possible due to hunger or, not having enough wet diapers, then you should never delay a visit to a pediatrician.

Not every case is the same. You should never delay if you feel your baby is not getting enough.

Why there is a delay in milk supply

There could be a number of factors in delayed milk production, however, the most common in C-section moms are due to;

The effect of IVs for C-sections mom.

The side effect of a medicine.

Going with a flow

Once your baby gets hold of a good latch, the next thing that comes to mind, is your baby getting enough milk?

Newborns get colostrum in the first few days of life, rich in what they need in the first few days of life. Colostrum is rich in proteins, but it lacks fats and sugars. It is the perfect food that your newborn needs.

When you see colostrum a yellowish thick milky secretion from your breasts, that’s a sign you are going to have transitional milk, white thin milk.

Mother’s milk takes about 2 to 5 days to settle in. the latter case is for C-section moms.

Breastfeeding is about Demand and supply

Colostrum is a complete food your newborn baby needs at this time, that would make them hungry and wants them to feed more. This process of demand and supply would help milk supply settle in about a week to meet your baby’s nutritional demands. Once the follow settles in your supply keeps on increasing with your baby’s demand. The more your baby breastfeeds, the more your body will sense his increased demand and respond by stepping up milk production accordingly.

Breast size would increase while you are pregnant and when your milk flow settles in, that is going to make a massive difference.

The letdown tingle during production progress

When milk production progress, you would know when yellowish milk becomes white, appears thinner and clearer.

The baby would be making more obvious and gulping noises, and they may seem more calm and busy.

Every mom would have that tingling sensation, although not the same for everyone when milk production increases and breasts become more fuller.

Alleviating the discomfort of engorgement

When milk production starts, fullness from breastmilk often called engorgement. It means full to the capacity of being painful.

The discomfort is something new for first-time breastfeeding moms. As the days progress, things will get better.

Ways you can deal with breast engorgement

Frequently nursing your baby may help with breast engorgement.

1. Manual Pumping or electric pumping

Pumping is the best solution if the let-down is pretty quick. Some women happen to overproduce breastmilk. If the letdown is too quick you may notice baby’s gagging a lot.

Using Haaka manual pump with lid is awesome and a quick-relief if the engorgement is painful.

Wearing a sports bra (a tighter one) to decrease production so it is not to the extent of being painful.

Express some of the milk to relieve the pain. And expression to the extent that your body gets the message of producing more.

2. Warm shower

Taking a warm shower help significantly with engorgement.

Using warm or cold compress pads on your breast may be helpful.

If you are pumping then there are chances your body is producing more milk. You can pump and store in the freezer in milk storing bags.

3. Breast Massager

Using this breast massager has helped moms significantly. This product is amazing in soothing the clogged milk ducts, improving flow before pumping.

Either you are a working mom or a stay at home mom, using this breast massager before pumping significantly improves milk flow.

What is Mastitis

It is the breast infection when one of the milk ducts get infected that stores milk. This will cause swollen, red, painful breasts. In a couple of days, you start feeling sick, feverish, very achy in your breast.

You need to start antibiotics once it is evaluated by the professional health provider.

In the meantime, you can still breastfeed as frequent as every two hours to keep the breasts becoming overly sore.

Make sure your baby is latched on well every time you breastfeed and try to change the positions.

Wearing a well-supportive bra and massaging a breast may help speed up the healing process.

What is Leaking breasts

Every breastfeeding mom must have experienced leaking breasts and for that, you should know: leakage will subside with time. You may experience more leakage with your first child doesn’t mean it is going to be the same as the second one too. This process will take its own time of recovery. Do not stress over it.

Another way you can stop leaking is by putting inward pressure on your breasts by a finger poke. It works like a charm.

Also, pushing back your breasts with closed arms if you are in public, may work most of the time.

Choosing Breast pads

Using breast pads and keep a few in your baby bag if you have leaky breasts most of the time, would help with public exposure of wet shirts.

You can either use washable breast pads or disposable ones.

Selecting bra

A good supportive bra, the sports bra is going to be super helpful for your whole breastfeeding experience. It is not only going to protect your breast from sagging but also keep them in a good shape.

  1. You need a good fitting bra, not too tight and try to wear it 24/7.
  2. Prefer a comfort and convenience when choosing a bra that you are going to wear 24 hours a day.
  3. It should be easy to use and has flaps to fasten and unfasten.
  4. There is a room of expansion as when the breasts are fuller, it should not be bulging out.
  5. invest in a good nursing bra for a better experience.

Using Haaka – a manual pump

Haakaa is a silicon manual pump, a game-changer for leaking breasts. While nursing from one side, you may notice full milk let down on the other side that is being wasted, and ironically, you cannot nurse baby from both sides at the same time. Therefore, it is very essential to have Haaka manual pump to save your “gold milk” for the next feeding. You can use the one with a lid.

You can save breastmilk for 4 to 6 hours at room temperature and 24 to 48 hours in the refrigerator.

Breastfeeding in public

In the US, moms have all the legal rights to breastfeed in public. You may want to use a nursing cover to be more comfortable while breastfeeding in public.

Breastfeeding problems and solutions in a nutshell.

If the breastfeeding battle goes on you may try these solutions.

  1. Breastmilk supply supplements will help improve milk supply for a breastfeeding mom. Healthy food also plays a vital role in improving milk supply.

2. Nipple shield will help in lessening the pain due to cracked and sore nipples in the early stage of breastfeeding.

3. Pumping by using electric or manual breast pumps.

4. Breast shells for sore and cracked nipples. This will help saving milk from leaking breasts.

5. Tongue-tie is a condition in babies when they are unable to develop a perfect latch because when the tissue under the tongue does not allow the baby’s tongue to form a latch. This may need a doctor’s evaluation so that a minor procedure can be done to solve the issue.

Breastfeeding Position and posture

Once you choose to breastfeed, you should know that a perfect posture plays a vital role in your overall breastfeeding experience, regardless of your birth procedure (vaginal or cesarean).

Elevate baby to your breasts rather than leaning on to your baby. Use pillows for the right amount of support to elevate the baby closer to you. This will help your back and your shoulders stay more relaxed and you would not get tired immediately.

I highly recommend a good quality nursing pillow.

Although these breastfeeding struggles worth so much, still that does not mean you cannot supplement because you will be judged as a bad mom. No, if breastfeeding is taking a toll over your mental health, and giving you more anxiety and stressing you out, you should talk to your doctor about other options like formula or donated breastmilk.

Breastmilk or formula, when you know it is okay to use a combination feed.

How to survive painful breastfeeding
Spitting up – why do babies throw up and effective ways to avoid a spit-up

Spitting up – why do babies throw up and effective ways to avoid a spit-up

Is your baby spitting up way too much? Sometimes it may seem like the baby has nothing left in her stomach after an enormous throw-up and that makes moms super worried. Spitting up is common in babies. Therefore, most babies keep throwing up for about 5 to 6 months and that is considered normal.

Spitting up may concern first-time parents, and feel that the baby is not being able to digest milk. Read on and find out the reasons why do babies spit up, and how you can help babies to keep food inside, instead of throwing up.

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Why do newborn babies spit-up

Breastfeeding babies do throw up sometimes, although breastmilk is known to be gentle and easy on digestion for newborn babies.

The most common reason for babies to spit-up what they ate is intolerance. It could be intolerance to formula, or in very rare cases, breastmilk. You need to rule out the reason, regardless.

1. Formula intolerance

It could be formula intolerance, and your baby is not digesting it well and this may take some time. However, if you are concerned due to frequent spit-ups after every feed and pretty big ones, then you might want to discuss it with your pediatrician, and consider changing the formula.

You may start formula for sensitive stomach, once your baby starts turns a few months old, you may switch to another formula, and see how it works.

2. Signs of allergies

For breastfeeding babies, you have to rule out any signs of intolerance or allergic reactions to something you are eating or feeding your baby and your baby is not being able to stomach that properly.

Although, this concept is not backed by science, however, some mothers, if not all, do believe sometimes spit-up is about intolerance to specific food transmitting through their milk.

For example; eggs, dairy, peanuts, pine nuts, and walnuts, etc.

Watch for any signs; like bumps on the body, rashes frequent spit up like fresh milk.

3. Lying down on her back right after feeding.

Right after a feed if you lay down your baby straight, this would result in a spit-up most likely, unless your baby is few months old, and she could move on her own.

Use a bouncer to have your baby slightly elevated or wear your baby.

What are the Remedies on how to avoid spit-up?

These simple and easy to follow steps may help your baby to not spit-up.

  1. Position head higher than the rest of the body when your baby is eating.

2. Step up your burping efforts. Learn how to burp properly or when baby has gas issues.

3. Feeding smaller amounts more frequently may reduce spitting significantly.

4. If you are bottle-feeding, feed half of it, burp and then feed another half.

5. Position upright for 20 to 30 minutes after every meal. Make sure the baby has burped during this time.

6. Overfeeding might lead to a huge spit up as well. In a few cases, babies tend to overeat or the oversupply of milk may cause a huge throw-up as moms cannot figure out how much baby is eating.

As per baby’s tendency about how often she is throwing up, you may want to consider pumping and then feeding.

Using Haaka is a great way you can manage milk supply and a waste of milk while the baby is working on the other side.

Using gas drops may help with burping or gas releasing trouble for babies.

What is the difference between Vomit and a spit-up

There are two things to keep in mind

Vomiting is different than spitting up.

A simple easy to understand the definition of spitting up: an easy flow of stomach content through the mouth that may or may not accompany a burp.

A typical definition of vomiting: the forceful flow of stomach contents through the mouth.

For most babies, spitting up is simply the result of not a fully developed muscle on top of the stomach to be a good gatekeeper. In simple words, allowing food and drink enter into the stomach and keep it there. This muscle is called the lower esophageal sphincter.

How should a spit-up look like

Well, one thing is for sure, curdled spit up means your baby’s stomach has started processing food and it will get better with time.

On the flip side, there is a possibility to experience a spit-up like fresh milk even after an hour of feeding.

Just a gentle reminder: By food, it means milk; that’s all your newborn could eat for this newborn stage.

Word of assurance

Besides how a huge spit up looks, just be sure, your baby has not lost everything in a spit-up, which she just ate.

Gerd – Gastroesophageal reflux disease

This disease is as equivalent as heartburn. Stomach contents make their way back up into the esophagus, sometimes causing discomfort. If that is the case, your baby needs the right evaluation and potential medical treatment. 

Vomiting

Your baby may vomit if she has a particularly sensitive gag reflex, or you have particularly forceful milk let down while breastfeeding

Also when she happens to overfeed.

If vomiting persists and makes you worried for some reason, do not hesitate to get it evaluated with your pediatrician.

Watch out for any signs on infection, fever, blood in the poop, diarrhea, or excessive fussiness and gassiness.

Watch out for any signs of dehydration or lethargy due to vomiting, such as below and call your pediatrician right away.

  • Less pee
  • Dry mouth
  • Doughy skin
  • Sunken eyes and Fontenelle
  • Weight loss

If an infant vomits most or all of feeding for 2 or more consecutive feedings in a row, this could be a sign of potentially more serious. Contact your doctor to get a timely medical evaluation.

Gagging and sputtering

Gagging is the baby’s natural way of preventing food to go in the wrong way. The gag reflex is good as it keeps the food go the right way. If your baby is having gagging, have her sit upright, pat her back and face down a little to keep all that saliva runs out of her mouth.

Rest assured babies tend to settle down on their own after these episodes of gagging reflux.

Remember, every baby is developing at her own pace and it might take a month or so to settle, do not beat yourself up for something that is considered normal as per your doctor’s advice.

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Post-Halloween Candy – Ideas on what you can do with extra candy

Post-Halloween Candy – Ideas on what you can do with extra candy

Candy is one of the biggest attractions for kids and adults that starts with Halloween every year. Big events like Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas. New year Eve till valentine’s day, are all about candies.

No doubt, the fun of going trick or treat down the neighborhood is much awaited all year long. Some of the big stores and schools follow the tradition of trick or treat and distribute candies. In the end, it’s going to be A LOT of candies.

Of course, it is a lot of sugar, and kids do not want to think about it as they are too young to understand the ‘TOO MUCH SUGAR” thing.

As a parent, you may want to avoid too much candy for your kids however, at the same time, you do not want to deprive kids of Halloween fun.

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Ideas on what you can do with candies post-Halloween 

Going trick or treat may pile up heaps of candies in your household and as a parent that would be the last thing you want your kids to eat all of their candies at once.

Find out Kids costume and Fun ideas for kids this Halloween

What parents should do with all candies after celebrating Halloween

These are the ideas you can avoid your kids from eating all that candy.

1. Save some candy for Birthdays

You can save candies for kids or family birthday parties if their birthdays are coming up in a couple of months.

Ideally, you should be saving some of the candy for party favors for upcoming birthdays, baby shower, bridal shower, any event that is coming up in your family or friends in a few months.

You can use mason jars or party favor bags or boxes to create cute looking party candies.

2. Save for shakes 

Moreover, you can save chocolates like snickers, Twix, Milky way candies for chocolate shakes as a morning breakfast or evening drink for kids, or to serve guests for a random weekend get together.

3. Save some candy for ice cream sundaes

If you are having a game night or a random party over the weekend, you can make ice cream sundaes in this mini dessert cups.

A couple of scoops of your favorite ice cream served with wafers and top it with a tiny piece of chocolate candy or m&ms.

4. Bake candy in cookies 

You can look up some ideas of making M&m or chocolate candy cookies with Twix or Snickers etc. Either you use ready to make cookie mix or make your own from scratch, you can add whatever candy you like.

That is going to be a perfect snack with a cup of coffee or tea.

5. Bake some candy in brownies Or cakes

Use candies like M&Ms or other chocolate candy to make brownie mix and bake.

6. Decorate cakes 

You can bake a store box cake mix, top it with whipped cream and spread candies on top or fill in cake layers with your favorite candy.

KitKat, Twix or M&Ms would be the best option for cake decorations.

For kids’ birthday cakes, get a sheet cake from Costco and decorate it with leftover chocolates and candies with a cute cake topper. Kids are going to love it. It’s a win-win.

7. Make desserts 

Chop crunchy or hard candies in small pieces and mix them in the cream or not-too-sweet ice cream. Let it cool and enjoy the dessert with a little bit of whipped cream.

Mix Oreo cookies with cream or a corn starch milk pudding. Toss in some chopped candies and let the dessert cool in the refrigerator.

You may want to try Candy corn dessert recipe if you have a bunch of candy corn from Halloween leftover candy stash.

8. Make a Trail mix of m&ms with pretzels and nuts etc

A delicious healthy snack for Thanksgiving gift for your loved ones. Toss in some candies with a mix of cashews, peanuts, pistachio, almonds and fill up mason jars with a lovely thank you note.

9. Donate excess candies 

You can also donate excess candies to schools or donate to anyone who is accepting candies.

10. Take it to the office 

If you are a working mom, you can take it to the office or send it to your partner’s workplace.

11. Send it to the troops 

Many families send the extra candies to the troops and you have to figure out who is collecting candies to send to troops.

12. Ask your doctors’ office if they accept candies 

Moms may need to call the doctor’s office or dentist office and find out who is accepting candies so you can ask your kids to donate candies to their doctors’ office.

13. Save some for thanksgiving dinner

You may want to save some candy for the thanksgiving party. A candy buffet can be set up for any dinner or party and you can use these candy jar with scoopers to set up extra candy for the guests.

14. Save some for holidays desserts 

Besides you can make candy desserts for holidays, you may want to fill up cute boxes with candies and send it along with your gifts to your family, friends, and teachers.

15. Make goody bags and distribute on upcoming events 

Filling up goody bags with leftover extra candies with a tiny toy is a cute goody bag for kids.

16. Take out the candy that may trigger allergies 

Although moms know what kids are allergic still you need to be vigilant. When you are using candies like peanut butter or something similar that people are might allergic too, you would want to take those out before you use in food or add an ingredient note.

17. Trade candy with toys 

Your kids might be interested in giving away all that candy for their favorite toy. This is indeed an awesome idea to bribe kids not to eat too much candy.

18. Offer a healthy Snack or Protein bar

Next time when you open the doors for kids, you may want to give them a healthier snack like a protein bar chocolate-dipped fruits instead of a whole bunch of candies.

Last but not least, you need to be super careful about the expiration dates and best before dates on the candies before using and saving.

Have a sweet holiday season with an idea of making it sweet for others too.

Post Halloween candy ideas

Gas issues in babies – Effective ways to help relieve gas

Gas issues in babies – Effective ways to help relieve gas

The gas issue in newborns is quite a common problem. The newborn’s digestive system is still in a maturity phase that is why it gets hard for a baby to release gas on her own.

Newborns tend to swallow a lot of air while crying or feeding. This would have a lot of gas accumulated in their tiny tummy and it has to come out two ways. Up or down.

Burping is relatively easy whereas passing gas down there is one kind of a journey from all stomach to intestines and finally the way out.

That’s why burping is very important after every feed.

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Effective ways on how to relieve gas issues in babies

1. Feed early and often

If your baby is colic, or has more than normal gas issues, feeding her early, let’s say not after 2 hours instead feed her after 1.5 hours. An empty stomach can trigger gas issues.

2. Keep baby upright

Once the baby gets her meal, keep her upright and elevated for at least 20 to 30 minutes. This will help keep everything down.

3. Bottle up to fill in the entire nipple to avoid air going inside

You have to make sure, while bottle feed, no matter breastmilk or formula, you need to keep nipple inside the baby’s mouth by moving bottle up a to fill the entire nipple to avoid too much air going inside.

Using anti-colic bottles would keep the baby from swallowing unnecessary air while feeding.

4. Let the bubbles in milk settle

Shaking a milk bottle will form bubbles in the bottle, wait for a few minutes until most of the air bubbles settle down. This will also help with gas.

5. Burping the right way

When you are burping your newborn, you have to keep these steps in mind.

What is the right way to burp a baby?

Burping can be tricky at times. If you are a first-time mom, you need to know the right way to burp so that you and your baby can have a peaceful time after nursing. Burping is essential after every feed regardless of how big or small feed it is.

These are some effective ways you can help burp your baby.

1. Positioning

You have to position your baby upright and elevated on your shoulders or in a sitting position once your baby is a few weeks old. Early sitting can be harmful to the baby’s back. Do not sit them for too long.

2. Patting

A gently patting from upwards to downwards and downwards to upwards would work well for burping. You have to be gentle while rubbing your baby back.

3. Postpone it for a while and try later

If it’s been more than 10 minutes and your baby is not in a mood to burp, you can try it later or wait for your baby cues when she wants to burp.

Have baby lay down slightly elevated or in a bouncer if the baby does not seem interested in burping or falls asleep. However, if the baby wakes up crying, most likely it is a need to burp.

4. Patience

Motherhood requires patience.  Burps could take a while to come out. Don’t stress and do not rush burping your baby. This is a calm process. Sometimes it might happen within a second and sometimes it could take hours.

How to pump gas out of babies

There are ways that can help you pump out gas effectively when it is hard to pass.

1. Cycling baby’s legs

Moving baby’s legs in a circular motion will help to get all those gases locked in pass quick.

2. Massage baby’s tummy

Take a few drops of olive oil or coconut oil and massage gently on the baby’s tummy and navel area. In a circular motion. This will help the baby’s muscles to relax and pump-out gas.

Another advantage of massage, your baby will feel so much relaxed and sleep for another couple of hours.

For massage, any of these options are safe to use.

Coconut oil

Olive oil

Baby oil

Organic Ghee can also be used for massage. the only con of using organic ghee is the smell. Other than that it is the best option.

3. Putting on Comfy clothing

Newborn clothes are just too cute to be true. You want to get every stylish thing on the planet for your munchkin. Truth is; the right clothing is very important for gas circulation and going out.

Newborns grow out of 0 size clothes pretty fast. Always make sure bottoms are not tight around the navel area. They should have enough elasticity and room for the baby to feel relaxed and comfy.

Newborn onesies are the best outfit for the first several months at least.

4. Using Windi

Windi is another effective product many parents swear by. All you have to do, gently insert it into the baby’s rectal area to help release gas when baby is having a hard time releasing gas on her own.

5. using Gas drops at night

Some babies if not all may not have gas issues or manage to help release gas or burp without any delay, whereas some may have trouble or delayed burping issues due to developing digestive systems.

Using gas drops help significantly. You can use any of the following. They both work effectively at least for my kids. You can try what works for you.

Little remedies gas drops

Mommy bliss night-time gripe water. The ingredients like chamomile help babies to sleep so much better at night.

For good sleepers, you need gas drops by little remedies and for tough sleepers, I highly recommend mommy bliss night time gripe water.

6. Avoid pacifier for the first few weeks

I offered my daughter a pacifier when she was about 2 weeks old. Unfortunately, I didn’t know that I shouldn’t have offered her a pacifier. She was starving, and I was struggling with milk supply. She got so much gas accumulated in her stomach due to unnecessary sucking. I never dared to offer her a pacifier again.

If you want to start pacifier, chances of success are higher if you start after 4 to 6 weeks post-birth.

7. Baby and hiccups – How to relive baby’s hiccups

Yes, babies do have hiccups and you cannot have them hold their breath to treat it right away.

Although hiccups are unavoidable and bother parents more than babies. How you can help with hiccups.

Let it be

It will stop eventually. Just let it be and let not stress over something you cannot control.

Crying may help

However, let the baby cry for some time may help.

Feeding milk slowly and gradually sips by sip may help.

8. How to help Colic babies

Although colic babies tend to get over with unstoppable crying in about 4 to 6 months after birth. However, using probiotics drops for them may help significantly.

Learn more on how to soothe a crying baby or colic baby.

New breastfeeding moms should avoid eating gassy foods for the first several weeks after birth as it may upset your baby’s sleep due to gas pain. This is the best way moms can minimize gas problems.

Learn more about a healthy postpartum diet for breastfeeding moms.

Mommy mistakes with newborns.