Whether you have chosen to breastfeed, opted to exclusively bottle feed or decided on a combination of both
you may feel like you're nursing around the clock, which is completely normal but soon enough you and your little one
will have a regular routine.
A newborn baby should be feeding around every two – three
hours. That may sound like a lot, but feeds are very short for
the first three or four days.
Once your milk supply is established, your baby will go up to
three - four hours between feeds.
Over time your little one will be able to hold more milk in their
tummy, and will go four hours between day feeds, with one
Breastfeeding is one of the best things you can do for your baby. The milk you naturally produce is like a
magical elixir, packed with antibodies that help protect your little one from infections and diseases, with the
positive effects lasting beyond the early years.
Relax in a supportive chair with a pillow under your baby to bring them to the height of your breast.
Position your baby’s top lip to your nipple – this can automatically make your baby latch on. If your baby can’t open their mouth wide enough to latch on, squeeze your breast as if you were squishing a letter into a letter box – this makes the shape easier to latch onto.
Your baby’s small quick sucks should turn deeper, and more rhythmic which shows they are feeding well.
When your baby slows down, use your finger on their lip to break them off. Wind your baby then move them onto the other breast. When they won’t suck anymore you know they’ve had enough.
One benefit of bottle feeding is that other family members can help with feeds. Some mums worry about bonding with baby if they’re not breastfeeding, but the interaction, closeness and sound of your voice encourages bonding rather than the feeding method.
Breastfed babies get their milk at the perfect temperature, always ready to go. To test the temperature of bottle milk, sprinkle a few drops on your wrist - it should be warm, not hot or cold.
Get comfortable, and hold your little one at a 45 degree angle in the crook of your arm. Make sure the bottle isn’t held too flat, instead tilt the bottle so the teat is full of milk.
Trapped air makes your baby feel full before they’ve eaten enough. Burping helps bring up those bubbles. You can minimize air intake by using an angled bottle or one with disposable liners.
Every baby grows at different rate, but we recommend
using a highchair from 6 months – 3 years old. Reclining
chairs support little bodies, plus safety straps are a must
to keep your child from slipping under the seat tray and
falling out of the chair.
Booster seats are the next stage for active little ones! The
transition to an adult chair, booster seats help your child
find new ways to sit, eat, and play.