I was very lucky with my son. He knew how to feed, was extremely alert at birth and never had any problems with latching.
This April, we welcomed our daughter into our family. She was an entirely different story. She didn’t latch well, and didn’t seem too interested in the breast. She then developed jaundice which made her sleepy and disinterested in feeding. It would take 5-10 minutes to get her latched on and then she would often slip off or fall asleep within seconds.
Jaundice is extremely common in newborns and not usually a cause for concern unless it is severe. However, the symptoms of sleepiness and lethargy can cause problems for breastfeeding. There is also a risk it will get worse if they are not feeding enough.
What things are helpful for this situation? We didn’t resort to using formula and breastfeeding is improving. Here’s some tips if you encounter problems establishing breastfeeding with your newborn.
Having a baby is both wonderful and traumatizing. It can be easy to get caught up in the blur of sleepless nights, feedings, and comforting a fussy baby. Among all that, don’t forget to make good memories and spend quality time. Otherwise, you’ll find yourself having regrets…
There’s a lot of things that can sabotage your breastfeeding efforts early on. I highly recommend that you educate yourself during pregnancy or take a refresher course even if it’s your 2nd+ child.
There’s so many important things that other bloggers miss in their articles too. I’ve seen plenty of articles about pumping schedules, diets and supplements, the claim that it’s all supply and demand. They miss they fact that a healthy bond with your baby is an essential component for breastfeeding…
Here’s an easy, safe and natural method for treating cradle cap.
Cradle cap is the dandruff or flaky skin babies get usually on the top of their head. It’s generally agreed that it’s quite normal, harmless and caused by hormonal changes. People say it will generally go away on it’s own.
However, with a safe and easy method to remove it there’s no reason you need to wait it out.
Washing cloth diapers doesn’t have to be a pain in the butt. Once you get into a routine and find the most convenient methods for your living space, it’s really not too difficult. It’s definitely worth the money saved and not having to run to the store for new diapers.
Previously, I talked about all the great benefits of cloth diapers, particularly using cotton terry squares. Now, I want to share with you how to keep them hygienic and stain-free.
Is your baby crying a lot? Do you wonder what the secret is for having a chilled out, happy baby?
People often comment to me how relaxed and happy my son is. He has a bad day now and again, but generally he is a very easy, relaxed baby. That’s not to say he just sits around, he’s quite active. However, he rarely cries, is often capable of entertaining himself, and happy.
These are my tips on surviving the newborn period with minimal crying.
When I was pregnant with my son, I didn’t want to keep a traditional baby book. I knew I’d have a hard time taking the right photos. Some pages would end up empty (for example, we didn’t have a baby shower and they’re not a common event here). Then, there would be getting the photos printed into the awkward and varied sizes many baby books demand… I wanted to make something that wouldn’t feel incomplete…
You may be surprised just how different it is to be pregnant a second time. My first pregnancy was relatively pleasant after a somewhat awful first trimester (fatigue and morning sickness). However, with my second now I’m certainly feeling more fatigue, more stress, and generally less excited about another baby.
You will find here everything you need to know about the pros and cons of pacifier use for your baby.
This was something I really thought long and hard about while I was pregnant with my first. For many it is a controversial topic. Should you let your baby use a pacifier or just let them suck their thumb or fingers? Does it really matter in the long run?
These are all the arguments for and against pacifier use…
If you’ve been reading the birth stories around you probably heard a lot of horror stories about being induced. Things like, the pain is a million times worse, you will absolutely NEED an epidural, etc. Well, I want to add my story in and reassure you, if you’ve been told you may have or need an induction, for whatever reason, that it won’t necessarily be that bad. I was induced a few days before my son’s due date because of gestational diabetes. They had allowed to go to my due date because it had been well managed through pregnancy, however going over was not on the cards for me, especially because I was noticing decreased movements as well. You can read how I managed my gestational diabetes without insulin here.
This is what you can expect from an induction and how mine went. ..