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If you are heaving a sigh of relief now that the birth is over, we have some not-so-good news for you. The birth was just the beginning. You have a tough path ahead, filled with sleepless nights, unexplained baby crankiness, colic cries, and many times, feeding woes. This particular piece focuses on that last bit – feeding woes. Newborn feeding will not be an easy task for new mothers.
While no one says it out loud, breastfeeding is no walk in the park for many women. It takes time and patience and a lot of effort from your baby. And feeding is the first key task you have after birth. How do you go about it, especially in the first 24 hours after birth? Read on.
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Your baby’s life has changed completely. He was in a dim environment before, now everything is bright and shiny. He was in a slow-moving world before, now there is chaos around. The baby had a quiet nine odd months, and now life is noisy.
And most importantly, he now experiences hunger! So the key to feeding woes seems simple – make sure you feed the baby before he gets hungry. Once the baby cries, it means it is a little too late. Your objective should be to feed before the crying starts. Easy? Not
You might also have bleeding and tummy cramps. You might be finding it difficult even to sit up, let alone feed the baby before the crying start. Despite all the pain, you might, however, be very eager to start breastfeeding. Here are some tips that will help you.
Your baby will need anywhere between 10 to 15 feeds on day one. His tummy is the size of a small marble and this means he will need small feeds more often. Find out some tips to feed the newborn.
Breastfeeding might be tricky at first. This is common, so do not despair. Both you and the baby need practice and we assure you that you both will get better at it with time.
If your baby slows down or rests while being fed, then these pauses may be signs that your baby is full. These breaks give your baby time to sense if he is full or not. Do keep a watch on these signs when feeding your newborn. Whether your baby is breastfed or bottle-fed, she will not need any additional fluids.
Remember that despite your best efforts, your baby will lose some weight in the initial days. This is absolutely normal. The gain will start in a few days as you and the baby become better at feeding and routine sets in. Good luck.
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