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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 do…



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…



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…



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 months…



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…



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…



My Top Five Breastfeeding Tips

My Top Five Breastfeeding Tips

Although breastfeeding is natural, it isn’t always easy! As a midwife I’ve supported hundreds of women during their breastfeeding journey. These are the top tips that I share with all of my clients - I hope they help you on your journey too! 1. Learn as much as you can before your baby arrives Although breastfeeding is a natural, biological process, it also involves learning new skills and practice. I recommend learning as much as you can about breastfeeding, different positions, basics of good…



Baby's Daily Activity Schedule

Baby's Daily Activity Schedule

Your baby’s feed, play, sleep cycle is the basic structure of your baby’s day. All babies have varied sleep needs and therefore the following information is a guide only that you can use and adapt to your baby’s individual personality and your own daily activities. Is a daily routine important for my newborn? In the early weeks, you and your baby are getting to know each other through activities such as feeding, sleeping, listening, and focusing on each other. Because feed times can vary so…



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…



 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 works…



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.…



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 can…



Sleep in the first days and weeks

Sleep in the first days and weeks

*The first days after birth are very tiring. Sometimes you have had a long labour. Sometimes you have had surgery. You may be sore, have some stitches in your stomach or your perineum and may just want to sleep. It is important to work out how best to manage this period and to know that generally it takes a few weeks, maybe months and maybe longer to feel rested again. * The first days are characterised by baby feeding fairly frequently. Women are producing colostrum during this period which is…



Introducing solids: purees vs baby-led    weaning

Introducing solids: purees vs baby-led weaning

Introducing solids to your baby is an exciting, messy and enjoyable milestone that marks the beginning of a long and tasty journey. As adults, taking food to your mouth, biting, chewing, and swallowing is automatic, but we must remember that our little ones need to learn how to eat step by step. Weaning has changed a lot over the past few generations and differs between cultures, for example mashed pasta as a first food in Italy and hand mashed mild curry in India. Irrespective of the weaning…



How do I know if my baby is getting enough breast milk?

How do I know if my baby is getting enough breast milk?

It is impossible for breastfeeding mothers to know exactly how much breast milk their baby is getting with each feed. Instead of looking at the volume markers on feeding bottles, it’s necessary to look for other, more subtle signs that your baby is getting enough milk to grow and thrive. This is not a difficult process, but takes just a little confidence and skill in learning what other signs to look for. But I have to know! If you are a person who likes to know precisely how much volume of…



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.…