How to Enjoy Your Pregnancy More

Posted on October 24th, 2012 by by carrie

Let’s face it. Pregnancy isn’t always a picnic. For some women, pregnancy is a time to glow and enjoy the attention of friends and family. For others, it’s an uncomfortable trial to endure. Every woman’s experience of pregnancy is different, and each pregnancy is different for the same mother! No matter how little or how much you enjoy pregnancy, here are a few tips on:

How to Enjoy Your Pregnancy More

Body Comforts

Pregnancy is nothing if not a time of dramatic changes in your  body. Staying physically comfortable becomes a full time job. Here are some ideas.

• Use a large, whole body pillow when sleeping (on your side), this will help you sleep more comfortably at night.
• Treat yourself to a prenatal massage. This isn’t just a luxury, it’s great for your health and for baby’s.
• Prop your feet up, helping to avoid swollen feet and varicose veins. Try to do so for at least 20 minutes, twice a day.
• Get in the pool to relieve pressure and pain, weightlessness feels amazing when you’re heavily pregnant, and it’s great exercise.

Take care of your health
It’s not just you in your body anymore. Everything you do affects baby as well. What’s good for your health is good for baby, so do make time for good self care.

• Prenatal yoga, pilates and walking are ideal for pregnancy. This type of gentle exercise will lead to an easier birth and postpartum recovery, as well as a healthier baby.
• Nutritious food will give you more energy, eat plenty of protein, fresh fruits and vegetables, meats and nuts. Avoid junk food, it will lead to excessive weight gain. Although in your first trimester you have my permission to eat anything you can keep down, even if it’s fast food burritos!
• Take naps, making a new human being is hard work. You’re working even when you’re at rest. A daily nap is not an indulgence for a pregnant woman, it’s a right.
• Take daily walks. Walking will improve your energy levels and help you avoid  back pain and soreness that so often comes along with pregnancy.

Love your changing body

You may feel frumpy, but most people agree that pregnant women are beautiful. Enjoy your glow and don’t worry about your weight right now. Love your body and accept your new curves.

• Accept compliments. Smile and don’t deflect when people compliment you.
• Take photos of your new belly. If belly shots aren’t your thing, keep them to yourself or remain fully clothes. Document what’s happening with your baby in the womb.
• Dress in beautiful clothes. Invest in a nice maternity wardrobe. To save money, shop at consignment stores or on eBay, or borrow from friends who have recently delivered.
• Enjoy your glowing skin and healthy hair. Splurge on a great cut, your hair will never be thicker or grow faster.

Life will get even busier after baby arrives, so take advantage of your nine month long wait.

Take time for
• Romantic times with partner. Connect with your husband and talk about parenting, your dreams for your child, or just each other while you have the time.
• Have fun with friends. It helps pass the time especially in those final long weeks to have fun with your girlfriends. Just don’t let anyone regale you with labor horror stories. Keep it positive. Start creating a “tribe” now for breastfeeding success.
• Go shopping for fun prenatal and baby items. Start an online registry so your out of town friends and relatives can see what you need for baby.
• Do activities that you enjoy (now that you don’t have a newborn to care for). Browse museums, read parenting and baby care books, go to the movies. Attend a series of breastfeeding classes, preferably a La Leche League meeting, in order to learn about breastfeeding and hear from moms who have been there, done that.

Once baby arrives pregnancy will seem like a distant memory and you’ll be busy falling in love with your new little one!

Electric Breast Pumps

Posted on October 19th, 2012 by by carrie

Any mom who is serious about breastfeeding her baby but who needs to return to full time work would do well to learn about electric breast pumps.

An electric breast pump is the best choice for a mom who will be pumping exclusively, either because she will be away from her baby for several hours a day or because her baby is for some reason unable to breastfeed (such as a premature baby or one with anatomical anomalies such as a vaulted palate who cannot latch on well).

Electric breast pumps are pricier than hand held/manual or battery operated pumps, but they are worth every penny. A baby receiving mother’s milk full time is healthier, and requires fewer visits to the Doctor. Another benefit of this is reduced work absenteeism. The price of the pump will be more than made up by these benefits, without even including the cost of the formula, which is considerable.

Electric breast pumps milk the breast more effectively than inferior products. They more closely mimic the action and rhythm of baby’s sucking.

Some moms choose to buy a pump if they’ll be using it for several months or longer. Another option, if the pump will only be used for a short time, is to rent one. You can rent a pump from your local WIC (Women, Infants and Children) office or from a Medela dealer: Your local La Leche League leader can also put you in touch with a facility that rents electric breast pumps.

A couple of tips for easier pumping:

Look at a picture of baby while pumping to stimulate let-down
Drink a glass of water before or during pumping
Don’t stare at the pump – think about your baby. Sniff an article of baby’s clothing.
Try not to stress about how much milk you’re getting at first. Pumping is an art and it takes time to learn.

Baby Laundry Tips

Posted on October 14th, 2012 by by carrie

Baby Laundry Tips

Be Gentle on Skin and Tough on Stains

Having a baby just about always means increased laundry. Because of spit-up, diaper “blow outs,” and babies’ general inability to control anything from coming out, you may find yourself changing baby’s clothes several times a day. New parents quickly learn not to leave the house without a change of clothes for their baby. As your baby grows, laundry needs don’t go away. Potty-training accidents and other stain-intensive events mean that extra laundry is going to be around for a while!

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So what’s the best way to wash baby’s clothes? Does it matter what detergent you use? Following are some tips on how to launder baby clothes, and what soap is said to be best.

Don’t Fear the Dryer

Some moms are afraid the dryer will ruin their baby’s clothes, but once your baby arrives, you will find the dryer is your friend! In fact, the dryer tends to make baby’s clothes softer, and it will help remove excess lint, dust, or pet hair from the clothes. Another plus is the germ-killing effect of a hot dryer on clothes that were soiled before being washed. That being said…

Sunlight Can Help

While the dryer is your friend, hanging some clothes out can really help “bleach” out stains and kill germs. This is said to be especially true for cloth diapers. You might want to run them through the dryer for a while, then take them out while still damp and hang them in the sun.


Moms often recommend tossing baby’s soiled clothes in a bucket or sink of  hot water into which you’ve stirred chlorine free oxygen bleach. Then the powder can work on the stains and you can put off the laundry for a bit. This especially helps with spit-up and/or poop stains. Avoid chlorine bleach since it is toxic and can put holes in delicate baby clothing.

Do You Need Special Soap?

It depends on whom you ask. Some moms say it makes no difference; they just toss their baby’s clothes in with the rest of the family’s laundry. Other moms whose babies have sensitive skin make sure to use only detergents formulated for sensitive baby skin.

The problem seems to be that the delicate stuff doesn’t remove stains. Here’s an idea for a compromise – if you’re using the gentle detergent, try soaking in or adding a scoop of oxygen bleach as described above before washing with the delicate soap. And if your baby does not have sensitive skin, you may not need any special detergent at all. No matter whose clothes you’re washing, avoid dyes and perfumes as these can be allergenic and toxic. In addition, detergents with enzymes are a bad idea on a baby’s skin, because when they become wet they can activate the enzymes left on the clothing, which can “eat” at baby’s skin and cause bad rashes.

Some moms like to make their own homemade laundry detergent. With this method, you save money and can control the ingredients that go into your detergent.

Mesh Bags are your Friend! 

Here’s a tip for keeping tiny baby socks, hats, and other itty bitty bits of baby laundry from getting lost in the washer. Put baby’s clothes into a mesh laundry bag (such as one might use for lingerie) and toss it in with the rest of the laundry. This will keep everything together.

How To Bathe Your Newborn

Posted on October 13th, 2012 by by carrie

Newborn Baby Bathing Basics

It’s time for baby’s first bath! This should be fun, right? Not necessarily – parents can get awfully anxious about how to bathe a newborn, and for good reason. Newborns are small, fragile, and helpless. But you can enjoy bath time with your baby with a few newborn baby bathing basics. Here are some tips on how to bathe your newborn.

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Sponge Baths

A sponge bath – that is, a bath that does not involve immersion – is recommended until the baby’s umbilical cord stump falls off. And there’s no need for daily sponge baths; once or twice a week is fine. The rest of the time, just clean baby’s face, neck, and diaper area as needed.

How to sponge bathe your newborn:

* First, you’ll need a few things, including a thick blanket or towel, another towel, a soft cloth, and a basin or container to hold warm water. You don’t necessarily have to use soap on a newborn, but if you choose to, use a mild, natural baby soap.

* Bathe your baby on a flat surface such as a changing table or kitchen counter. Lay the towel or blanket on this flat surface and work from there.

* Make sure you always have one hand on your baby while you bathe him or her.

* Have a change of clothes and clean diaper handy for when the bath is over.

Gather Your Supplies First

Because it’s dangerous to leave a baby alone in water for even a minute (babies can drown in less than an inch of water), make sure you have everything you need for the bath nearby (see above list).

How To Give Your Newborn a “Real” (Immersion) Bath

For a baby’s first bath in an actual tub, consider getting a specially-made newborn tub that fits down into your sink or bathtub. These plastic tubs are made for a reclining baby body and are very helpful for the first six months of life when your baby can’t sit up on his or her own. Or, try bathing with baby. If you are sitting in the tub your baby can’t slip, and your body becomes a soft surface for baby in case s/he kicks. Also, you can feel the temperature of the water and can adjust it accordingly before you slip baby in. Just be sure to have a firm grip on baby and step out of the tub carefully onto a nonslip bath mat.

You only need a few inches of water in your baby’s bath. Make sure it’s warm, but not hot. If you’re doing the sponge bath thing, then you’ll want to lay your baby on a clean, dry towel after the bath; don’t wrap him up in the wet towel that you used while bathing him.

Hot Water

Before your baby is even born, make sure your hot water tank is turned to 120 degrees, no higher. This helps prevent scalding should the hot water somehow get to baby’s skin. Also along these lines, don’t let your baby touch the faucets. That’s a good way to get the water too deep or too hot.

Keep Baby Warm

Once baby’s skin is wet, she will get chilled easily. Keep the room where baby is being bathed nice and warm, and when the bath is finished, wrap her in a towel. If you have a towel with a hood, all the better.

Pacifiers: Good or Bad for the Breastfed Baby?

Posted on October 11th, 2012 by by carrie

Pacifiers for the Breastfed Baby: Pros and Cons

It’s been said that babies are not born with pacifiers in their mouths. True, but they often end up with one so soon it seems like they were born with it! If you are trying to decide whether or not to use a pacifier with your breastfed baby, here are some pros and cons to consider.


* Pacifiers are convenient. They allow parents to quieten a fussy baby while in public without too much bother. Pacifiers are small and portable and easy to carry along.

* It can buy parents some time – the pacifier does what its name implies: it pacifies. This gives mom a chance to find a place to breastfeed comfortably. Pacifiers can keep a baby happy while in the car seat, for example, until mom can pull over safely to breastfeed.

* Some studies suggest that SIDS, or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, is reduced with the use of a pacifier at night-time.

* Pacifiers have a reputation for preventing finger- and thumb-sucking. (This may or may not be the case – the habit of sucking on fingers and thumbs may have its roots in more complex causes.)

* Some babies have a high sucking need that goes beyond what mom is able to provide at the breast. Some babies clearly want to suck but will repeatedly spit up and fuss from mom’s abundant supply. Judicious use of a pacifier may help.


* Dependency can be a significant problem for some babies, and giving up the pacifier may end up being a major headache.

* A pacifier can be a big source of germs if it falls out and parents put it back in the baby’s mouth. (It’s only too easy to get into this habit.) Pacifiers can also harbor yeast, so if your baby comes down with thrush, you’ll have to replace it.

* If you lose the pacifier or it wears out, beware: a substitute may not do, making for a very discontented baby! Some babies will only accept a certain shape/name brand.

* Proper tooth and jaw development may be adversely affected by the use of pacifiers. Speech delays may also be a problem with pacifier use, especially prolonged use.

* Using a pacifier too early or too often can interfere with breastfeeding.

* Using a pacifier too much can also bring back a return of fertility and/or reduce milk supply.

Tips for Using a Pacifier

Here are some tips to help if you do decide to give your breastfeeding baby a pacifier:

* Avoid using a pacifier when breastfeeding is getting established (the first 3 weeks or so). All baby’s sucking should take place at the breast during this time, or it could lead to reduced supply.

* When you find a style that works, buy several, and toggle them so your baby gets used to changing nipples. This helps prevent the fussiness that may ensue if you lose the pacifier or if it wears out.

* Use a natural pacifier made with safer materials, such as the Natursutten pacifier.

* If you or baby comes down with yeast (thrush), throw away the pacifiers and buy new ones.

Contrary to what some people say, there is absolutely nothing wrong with using your breasts as a natural “pacifier”. This ups your milk supply and increases your bond with your baby. (Pacifiers are, after all, a substitute nipple!) It also helps keep your period from returning postpartum. Some moms enjoy many months of reduced or infertility after baby’s arrival because of the baby’s frequent sucking at the breast.

What Do You Need In Your Diaper Bag?

Posted on October 10th, 2012 by by carrie

A diaper bag: don’t leave home without it! For new parents, the diaper bag represents the ability to be mobile – to take your baby out with you to various places. But what do you need to put in it? What are the staple items for your diaper bag?

The items you can’t live without will vary by age, of course. Here are some basic tips to help you keep that diaper bag stocked and ready whenever you need it.

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More Than Just Diapers

You probably know to pack diapers in there – it’s a diaper bag after all – but you’ll need more than just diapers. For one thing, it’s a good idea to pack a diaper for every hour you’ll be out. You may not need them all, but the one-diaper-an-hour rule means you’ll have extras in case your baby has one of those blow-outs right after you changed him (or her).

In addition to diapers, you’ll need diapering essentials: a small blanket for laying your baby down, wipes, and a couple of large “wet”  bags. If you can’t toss the dirty diaper or if your baby has soiled his clothes, you’ll need those, especially if you’re using cloth diapers.

Entertainment and Soothing

Keep a couple of age-appropriate toys and books in your diaper bag – not too many, of course, but a few board books, a favorite toy or two, and pacifiers (if you use them) can make the difference between a pleasant time and a nightmare!


If you’re a breastfeeding mom, you might want to keep a cover-up blanket, nursing hat, or whatever method you use for nursing discreetly in public. Don’t forget a burp-up cloth (or just use the blanket or a prefold cloth diaper) and possibly a change of clothes (more on the change of clothes below).

Don’t forget to feed yourself, especially if you’re breastfeeding. Keep some snacks and a bottle of water for you in your diaper bag.


For blow-outs and burp-ups, a change of clothing is essential. Bring two changes, or one for every feeding.

What do you keep in your diaper bag?

Cloth Diapers Mean Happy Babies

Posted on October 10th, 2012 by by carrie

Cloth Diapers for Happy Babies

Do you know what is in the diapers you put on your baby? Unfortunately most people don’t know what is in the diapers they purchase for their small children. Since they are widely accepted as the diapering standard, they use them without ever considering alternatives. After all, cloth diapers are such a pain to take care of, and kids just wet through them, right?

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Actually cloth diapers have come a long way. There are several options available for cloth diapering and there are several reasons to use them as well. Take a look at the following:

Cloth diapers are better for baby’s skin. Disposable diapers are loaded with chemicals that can irritate baby’s tender skin, Cloth diapers often sport natural fibers like cotton that are soothing to the skin and very breathable. They get fewer diaper rashes, which means less discomfort for baby and less crying.

Disposable diapers are also filled with toxic allergens. Your baby might even be allergic to disposable diapers. There are many things in them that can cause allergic reactions, such as problems breathing and rashes. If your child is having these problems you should consider cloth diapers.

Cloth diapers are better for the environment and your pocketbook. Cloth diapers are reusable from child to child, which means less waste going into our already overstuffed landfills. You should figure that in the years one child is diapered you will go through on average, 2500 to 3000 diapers. With cloth diapers you could easily get by with using only 3-4 dozen diapers and those diapers can be used on one or more subsequent children.

When you are done with your cloth diapers you can sell them too at usually 50-75% of the retail price of new ones. That means you can get back 3/4 the cost of using cloth diapers. Even after you factor in water, time and detergent you are still winning out compared to the $20 a week you spend on diapers.

Washing diapers is very easy too. It should not amount to more than a load or two of extra laundry each week. Wet diapers can be tossed into a diaper pail to wait for cleaning and diapers with loose stools can be shaken out over the toilet before they too are stored before washing. Odor issues can be controlled by placing a tissue with a few drops of essential oil at the bottom of the diaper pail or sprinkling the pail with baking soda.

Cloth diapers have also greatly evolved in terms of style and ease of use. There are many options available for cloth diapers including some all-in-one (AIO) varieties that closely resemble disposable diapers as far as ease of use goes. There are pocket diapers for parents who want to customize absorbency and there are one-size diapers for parents who want a diaper that will grow with their children. There are also diapers available to use for night time, and diapers to use while potty training.
You can also make your own cloth diapers with several patterns available online. That reduces the cost even more. It really is easier to use cloth diapers than you might think. Before you check them off as an option, give them a shot, you might really like the benefits and how happy your baby is in them.

Tips On Baby Massage

Posted on September 11th, 2012 by by carrie

The concept of baby massage builds on what is really a mother’s instinct – touching, caressing and holding her baby. So many studies have pointed to the importance of physical contact and skin to skin in a baby’s health and development. In fact, babies in orphanages who receive little or no physical touch do not thrive.

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Baby massage provides a tool for parents to use to give their baby the touch he or she needs. Did you know that infant massage may benefit parents, too?

Baby massage may build on instincts inherent in parents, but there are a few tips that should be employed for maximum benefit.

Tips On Baby Massage

Make It Part of the Regular Routine…but Don’t Forget to Be Spontaneous

Count on about half an hour for your infant massage. If possible, set the mood with calm surroundings and total focus on your baby. However, as you learn these techniques, they can be employed as needed, such as during diaper changes or when you are waiting in the pediatrician’s office.

Assume the Position

Baby massage works best when your baby is in his diaper only. Lay him on a blanket on the floor and sit down with your feet together (if you can). Then you need only lean forward to massage your baby.

Talk to Your Baby

Make eye contact and talk to your baby when you massage him. This enhances communication, and some experts even suggest asking your baby for “permission” to give him a massage.

Feet First

Unless your baby objects to having his feet touched, these adorable parts of baby anatomy make a good starting place for your massage. This is particularly nice if massage is new to your baby.

Be Gentle, But Not Ticklish

Tickling babies can be fun, but it produces the opposite effect than a massage. Massages are intended to induce calm and enhance bonding. Apply gentle pressure to the bottom of your baby’s feet with your thumbs, working from heel to toe.

Moving to the Middle

Go up your baby’s legs with the same gentle pressure and circular strokes with your thumbs. Then you can massage your baby’s tummy gently, keeping in mind the “inward to outward” technique. Using your fingertips, massage his tummy in a circular motion. You can also use a gentle “walking” motion with your fingers, especially around his belly button.

Bendy Baby

Another technique that can help if your baby has trouble with gas is to fold the knees gently upward toward the chest and rock gently from side to side. Then straighten the legs and repeat.

Massaging Baby’s Head

Avoiding the soft spot on the very top, make a “shampooing” motion with your fingertips. On his face, make a heart shape with your fingertips, starting at your baby’s forehead and coming down to his chin. Stroke his eyebrows outward using your thumbs.

Ten Ways to Calm a Crying Baby

Posted on September 11th, 2012 by by carrie

Few things go through the heart of parents like their baby’s cry. We’re hard wired to respond to our baby’s cry, and a breastfeeding mom has a physical connection with her baby that means her body, not just her feelings, respond to her baby’s cry. So what do you do to calm and comfort your baby? Here are some suggestions that may help – ten ways to calm a crying baby.

Ten Ways to Calm a Crying Baby

1. Understand Crying

Okay, so this may not be direct action taken to stop the crying; but it’s important to understand a bit about why babies cry. Knowing their crying has a reason that isn’t just torturing or manipulating you can go a long way toward helping you respond to cries in a prompt, loving manner.

Babies cry to communicate. Their crying is not “bad behavior.” They can’t speak, so the only way they can tell anyone anything is by making noise and with body language. Crying usually indicates a need of some sort, including emotional needs.

2. Breastfeed Your Baby

Hunger is one of the primary reasons for crying. Think about the last time your baby ate – her tummy is only the size of an egg when she’s a tiny newborn, so it needs refilling often. In addition, nursing provides your baby with other comforts. Babies love to suck, and they love to be close to their very favorite person – you! The familiar touch, smell and sound of you as well as your milk will often do the trick.

3. Swaddle Your Baby

Many babies, especially newborns, love to be swaddled. (Take care that baby doesn’t get overheated.) The snug wrapping reminds him of being in the womb, and may help him settle down to sleep.

4. Discomfort

Your baby may be too cold, too hot, or just plain uncomfortable. If he looks flushed and hot, try removing some of his clothing to cool him off. If he is squirming and arching away from something, look and see what is causing the discomfort and remove it (or move your baby). This could be something like a diaper tab sticking him, or even a piece of hair wrapped around his finger.

5. Soothe Baby to Sleep

Some babies get very upset when they are tired. If it’s near nap time or if it’s evening, she may need a nap. Some babies have a difficult time settling down during the evening hours due to overstimulation. Try wearing baby in a soft cloth carrier to settle him.

6. Calmer Surroundings

Your baby may be overstimulated by too much light, noise and/or people.  If you’ve had visitors or have been on the run all day and baby seems fussy, try moving him to a quieter area. While it may seem contradictory, babies love “white noise” such as a fan, static on the radio, or a hair dryer. You can download a white noise app to your cell phone with sounds of ocean waves or rain. It may help baby settle and go off to sleep.

7. Music

Playing music may soothe your crying baby, especially if the room is otherwise pretty quiet. Singing to your baby may help stop crying, too. Try to play or sing songs your baby may recognize, such as music you enjoyed while you were pregnant.

8. Shushing

Some experts, such as the author of Happiest Baby on the Block, recommend “shushing,” which is making a “sh” sound into your baby’s ear. This is basically white noise, and like the swaddling, it helps recreate the womb environment (surprisingly, the womb is a very noisy place).

9. Check the Diaper

Your baby may be one of those who gets upset at having a dirty diaper. Check her diaper if she’s crying and see if she needs a change, or if the diaper is uncomfortable.

10. Tummy Gas

Some say that babies don’t cry because of gas, but a baby who needs to be burped probably will cry! Make sure your baby is burped if he is crying, especially shortly after a feeding. If your breastfed baby seems fussy at the breast, it’s often because they need to be burped. Try burping baby inbetween switching sides, or more frequently if baby seems to have difficulty handling a fast flow of milk (after your milk “let down”).  Some breastfed babies will go a few days inbetween bowel movements. This isn’t true constipation, breastfed babies don’t get constipated. But some newborns are getting used to moving their bowels and may have difficulty getting things going. Talk to your baby’s Doctor. She or he may have suggestions for you, such as inserting a well lubricated rectal thermometer into baby’s bottom to stimulate a bowel movement. (Avoid giving a fully breastfed baby supplemental water or juices for this purpose.) Some moms rave about gripe water for baby’s gas.

Try not to become stressed by baby’s crying. If you breastfeed often, wear your baby in a carrier or in your arms for most of the day, and tune in to baby’s cues, the crying will be minimal. And it will pass as baby gets older. Get the rest you need, take a break if you need to and ask for help from your support network and baby’s father.

Newborn Nursing Personalities

Posted on August 30th, 2012 by by carrie

Newborns begin to show their personalities right from the beginning, and their nursing habits are no exception. Here are a few of the most common newborn nursing personalities and some of the common challenges each one may give mom. Do you recognize your little one?

The Sleeper

This newborn would rather snooze than eat. You may think he is a dream baby because he enjoys sleeping for several hours at a stretch. Some people say you should never wake a baby, but that simply isn’t true for The Sleeper. Newborns need to nurse 10-12 times a day (24 hour period), so go ahead and wake that little one if it’s been hours since the last feeding! If baby tends to fall asleep soon after beginning nursing, try compressing your breast gently to send a surge of milk and keep him interested in actively sucking longer. Try switching sides or changing his diaper to wake him a little. Avoid artificial nipples (like pacifiers) too and make sure baby’s sucking takes place at the breast so he is getting enough milk. You may want to keep a count of diaper changes to make sure baby’s nutritional needs are being met and to boost your confidence in your milk supply.  See more advice on keeping baby awake while breastfeeding.

The Piranha

This baby latches on like she’s done it all her life and only lets go long enough to cry for more! Some babies have a very high sucking need and just love to nurse. You might recognize these babies because they are always looking for their fists to suck on or are born with their hands near their faces (extra ouch!). They probably sucked on their hands a lot in utero and are quite good at it! Their latch may feel like a piranha’s. Mom may have nipple soreness or even nipple pain, but be happy that this baby will likely get all the milk she needs from her frequent nursing. Kick back and relax and let the housework slide. Use a little lanolin on your nipples and let them air dry after feedings to help with discomfort. With a baby who nurses frequently, it’s even more important to be extra vigilant about baby’s latch to prevent pain.

The Discerning Eater

This newborn has a discerning palate. He may snack for a moment, then fall asleep. Or perhaps when he cries you attempt to feed him, and he would rather take a walk outside or be bounced around a little. This little one isn’t always pacified by a breast, he is more dainty (read: picky!)  in his choices. With this little one, you’ll need to learn what his cries mean. He may benefit from being worn a lot in a sling. Perhaps (once breastfeeding is well established and your milk supply is ample) judicious use of a pacifier might make this little one happy when he wants to suck but not get more milk. This newborn may need more frequent burping in order to make him comfortable.

Not all babies fit neatly into these categories, some may exhibit one or all of these characteristics at various times. Enjoy your baby’s unique personality!