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How To Clean and Sterilise Baby Feeding Bottles

How To Clean and Sterilise Baby Feeding Bottles

… A young baby’s immune system hasn’t yet fully developed so they are more susceptible to catching an illness than an older child. Cleanliness around small babies is extremely important, especially when it comes to feeding. You will need to have the right baby feeding bottles and the right cleaning equipment. Bottle-feeding equipment If you are bottle-feeding your baby then you will need the following: baby feeding bottles – you will need 4 – 6 baby feeding bottles. There is no right or wrong …



Combination feeding

Combination feeding

… Breast, bottle or both. Let's take it back to basics on your feeding options.The choice to feed using a bottle or the breast is yours and yours alone. The guide by Tommee Tippee simply outlines the combination feeding options available to you. Getting down to the basics There are five options when it comes to how you feed your baby, even if you have already chosen to feed using a bottle. The typical feeding options are as follows: You can feed from the breast for all feeds, in which case you …



Responsive bottle feeding

Responsive bottle feeding

… Many families use bottles to feed their baby. For these families, some simple tweaks to the way the bottle is given may help baby to regulate their own appetite, provide better digestive comfort and support the development of a close and connected relationship. In this article, Blackmores Maternal Health and Infant Nutrition Specialist, Julie Cottle, provides the latest in best practice bottle feeding technique. Often, bottle feeding has baby lying mostly flat with the bottle tipped up. This …



Self-Feeding Skills in Babies

Self-Feeding Skills in Babies

… Learning to self-feed is a very important development stage for your baby. It’s a time when your baby learns to eat independently and to develop life skills like co-ordination and motor skills by grabbing, holding and (eventually) using utensils and cups. Self-feeding involves lots of experimenting like touching, playing with and even throwing food around – yes it’s going to be messy! Self-feeding will also be a time for your baby to start expressing his or her self. Every baby will have a …



Anxiety in Breastfeeding, Mastitis & Support

Anxiety in Breastfeeding, Mastitis & Support

… I always wanted to breast feed. I gave birth to my first born in the month of September. I had no idea what I was doing. A handful of nurses popped in and out of my room to check if bub was latched on. I was told that it was their busiest time of the year and that a lactation consultant will be visiting. This unfortunately did not happen. After complaining that breastfeeding ‘hurts’ I was informed by all staff that this was ‘normal’… Little did I know that I had the beginning of Lactation …



How to create a special bond when bottle feeding your baby

How to create a special bond when bottle feeding your baby

… With all the research and information surrounding the benefits of breastfeeding, mothers who are bottle feeding their baby can feel a little left out. And for those who would have preferred to breastfeed but for whatever reason weren’t able to, being constantly reminded of the “superior” aspects of breastfeeding can be difficult to cope with. Let’s start by saying at the outset that whichever way a baby feeds does not dictate the intensity or quality of the relationship they have with their …



Breast Milk – Benefits for Babies and mums

Breast Milk – Benefits for Babies and mums

… Breast Milk – Benefits for Babies and mums Check out all the benefits that breast milk generates! One of the purest forms of food that nature has created for babies is breast milk. It is unadulterated, natural and very easy to digest for the newborn that all mothers should breastfeed their babies without fail. The Australian Infant Feeding Guideline recommends all mothers to exclusively breastfeed their babies until six months of age and continue after that with solid supplements till 12 …



Dream feeding

Dream feeding

… The term dream feeding can be confusing to anyone who is not a parent. And even for those who’ve heard it before, sometimes there’s often still some confusion over who is doing the dreaming and who is doing the feeding. Breastfeeding mothers commonly dream they are feeding their baby with dreams so vivid and real that it can be very hard to recall if they really did breastfeed or were just dreaming they did. But this is not what dream feeding refers to. What is dream feeding? Dream feeding is …



Breastfeeding information from a Lactation Specialist

Breastfeeding information from a Lactation Specialist

… Important information for new and expectant mothers with up to date breastfeeding information to prepare you for, or assist you with, breastfeeding your baby. This Bupa Parenting Insights talk is given by Sam Foster, an experienced Lactation Consultant from Mater Mothers’ Private Hospital. Sam focuses on the following topics: The basics of breastfeeding What to expect in the first few days Importance of skin to skin Your baby's feeding cues Baby-led feeding Demand feeding How do I know if my …



How to get your baby to take a bottle

How to get your baby to take a bottle

… It should be the easiest thing in the world, but getting your baby to take a bottle will take some practice. Even if your intention is to exclusively breastfeed your baby, there will be times where this just isn’t possible. Maybe you have to go back to work, or it could simply be that your partner wants to be included in feeding times. Whatever the reason, it’s a good idea to get your baby to take a bottle as soon as your milk supply is stable. Some babies take to bottle-feeding very easily and …



Blocked ducts and mastitis

Blocked ducts and mastitis

… What are the differences between blocked ducts and mastitis? Blocked duct A blocked duct is an area or segment of the breast where milk flow is obstructed causing a tender lump or spot in the breast. Local symptoms: Reddened area or segment of the breast which becomes tender, hard and painful Occasionally there can be localised tenderness or pain without an obvious lump Systemic symptoms: Occasionally a low grade fever may be present—less than 38.5 degrees celsius. Mastitis Mastitis is an …



Get to know the breastfeeding lingo

Get to know the breastfeeding lingo

… Don’t yet know your areola from your elbow? No problem. Read on. Here's a quick guide to the most common terms you'll hear used when it comes to breastfeeding. AREOLA The dark area of the breast around the nipple (that cleverly darkens further when pregnant to help your baby find them). LATCHING ON This is the way your baby takes your breast into their mouth in order to feed. You’ll hear this phrase a lot in the beginning. A good latch means the baby has a good seal around the nipple and …



How to choose the best bibs for you and your baby

How to choose the best bibs for you and your baby

… There are so many things to consider following the confirmation that you are pregnant. Which hospital to attend, who will be your obstetrician, which pram to choose and where will your baby sleep are just a few things to consider. The last thing on your mind is which bibs to buy and if you need them at all. We will help you to decide what are the options when it comes to buying bibs and answer some of the most common questions we are asked. Firstly, do newborns need bibs? Generally, we suggest …



Introducing solids – what & when?!

Introducing solids – what & when?!

… Introducing solid foods to baby is a very confusing and daunting task for most first-time parents. Most of us are wondering ‘how, what and when do I feed my baby?’ According to the Department of Health, Australian Government, all babies need to be exclusively breastfed until they are six months of age. Once the baby is around six months (and not before 4 months), it is time to introduce solid food. Why does my baby need solids? As baby grows, the nutritional needs of baby also change. Breastmilk …



 Breastfeeding Positions

Breastfeeding Positions

… Although breastfeeding is a natural way to nourish your baby, it’s a way of feeding that both you and your baby must learn together. It takes time, patience and practice. Experiment with different ways of holding your baby. Breastfeeding Positions & Locations Although breastfeeding is a natural way to nourish your baby, it’s a way of feeding that both you and your baby must learn together. It takes time, patience and practice. Start slowly and calmly It may take awhile to find out what …



Busting the booby traps of low breast milk supply

Busting the booby traps of low breast milk supply

… The most common reason women say they give up breastfeeding is because they don’t think they have enough milk. Is it any wonder that a breastfeeding mother’s confidence can be shattered when almost any variation in her baby’s behavior will be explained by unhelpful advice such as, “are you sure you have enough milk?” While there are certain medical conditions that may create challenges to breast milk supply (i.e PCOS, diabetes, thyroid disorders, low iron levels, high blood pressure) there are …



Practical tips and tricks to help caring for your newborn

Practical tips and tricks to help caring for your newborn

… This talk presented by Midwifery & Maternity Provider Organisation Australia (MMPOA), delves in detail into the experience of parenthood immediately before, during and after childbirth. It covers practical tips and tricks to help care for your newborn. This Bupa Parenting Insights talk is given by Liz Wilkes, a midwife and CEO at MMPOA. She focuses on the following topics: Preparing your key investments - education, equipment and support The first hours - skin to skin, feeding, being with …



Self-feeding, Spoon-feeding and obesity

Self-feeding, Spoon-feeding and obesity

… There's lately been a flurry of articles about the much awaited Bliss Study, published October last year. (Just Google "Baby led weaning and obesity" and you'll see what I mean). BLW is all about food as a learning exercise, the exploration of texture and sensation. The baby’s gag reflex is trusted to make sure they’re not swallowing stuff whole, and some start with quite hard foods quite young. Others smoosh around soft stuff, or anything in between. “Self-feeding” means just that. Your bub …



Breastfeeding tips for new and expectant mums

Breastfeeding tips for new and expectant mums

… Experienced lactation consultant, Susan Childs from Mater Mothers' Hospital provides new and expectant mothers with up-to-date breastfeeding tips to prepare you for, or assist you with, breastfeeding your baby. This Parenting Insights session includes breastfeeding tips and information on skin-to-skin contact, baby-led attachment, feeding cues, how to know if your baby is getting enough, cluster feeding and growth spurts, as well as answer your questions on breastfeeding. …



Breastfeeding – five tips to help you through the first three days

Breastfeeding – five tips to help you through the first three days

… Congratulations! Here you are, gazing at your amazing newborn, completely overawed and overwhelmed at the prospect of nurturing and nourishing this little being. Breastfeeding your baby feels like a huge responsibility, you desperately want to make this work but you have heard all sorts of stories about how difficult it can be. The thing to remember is that although breastfeeding is natural, it is a skill that you and your tiny baby will be learning together as you get to know each other. As you …