Are you planning a vacation with your new baby? Or, maybe you’re getting ready to take a long-distance trip to introduce your child to her grandparents? If so, you may be concerned about how to manage the trip if you are still breastfeeding. Have no fear! One of the advantages of breastfeeding is that it’s much easier to travel with a breastfed baby than a formula-fed one. Whether you’re traveling by plane, train, or car, breastfeeding provides a portable, nutritionally balanced food supply for your baby. In addition, you don’t need to worry about packing bottles or sterilizing feeding supplies.
You spend nine months planning, reading, preparing and imagining what life will be like with a new baby. Then when the birth is in the rear view mirror (and you did great!) you have this new little being in your arms and life suddenly gets a little bit more hectic, intense, joyous, and at times even a bit overwhelming!
Typically, a baby grows in the womb for 40 weeks before being born. Babies born at 40 weeks are called full-term. If a baby is born earlier than 37 weeks, that baby is called premature, or “preterm” or a “preemie.” In the US, 12–13% of infants are born premature. What happens in the first year?
Some mothers do not breastfeed, but still want to feed nutritious breast milk to their baby. This is called exclusive breast pumping or “breastfeeding without nursing.” Whether you feed your baby from the breast or give them expressed breast milk exclusively via a breast pump, there is only one important thing.
Pregnancy has three trimesters, but newborn babies are so small and vulnerable that for them, the first few months of life outside the womb are truly a “4th trimester” of pregnancy. For new moms, welcome to this new trimester of motherhood!
One of the classic challenges of parenthood is getting your picky little eater to just “try a taste” of broccoli, when they know that ice-cream is waiting in the freezer. Every parent wants their child to establish good eating habits when they are young, but, it’s not always easy to know where to start. Fortunately, giving your child a healthy start may be easier than you imagine, because a lot of it starts with what you eat and your diet. Health Canada reminds us that a woman’s nutritional and overall health, before and during pregnancy, definitely influences the health of her developing baby.
New moms often hear a lot of unsolicited advice about breastfeeding – and unfortunately, some of that well-intentioned breastfeeding advice is totally wrong! You might be hearing a lot of misinformation or confused ideas about breastfeeding. We’ve written before about breastfeeding myths, but here are a few more that may surprise you.
In the early stages of breastfeeding, problems with latch-on are not unusual. In fact, issues can arise at any time in the breastfeeding experience. For most mothers, breastfeeding takes a bit of practice! There is a mutual learning curve for moms and babies as they get used to each other and find the right angles and positions for comfortable, efficient breastfeeding.
Vous êtes une nouvelle maman, ce qui vous entraîne dans une aventure remplie de défis et de surprises. Si vous avez fait le choix d’allaiter votre bébé, vous vous attendez probablement à vivre avec votre tout-petit une expérience positive et remplie de moments spéciaux.