Feeding Tips: For Breast and Bottle

Surprisingly, there are two newborn feeding tips that haven’t quite settled themselves into the “general newborn care knowledge” typically passed along to new parents. Whether you’re breastfeeding or bottle-feeding your newborn, consider the following:

Alternate arms you bottle-feed feed  baby with. Highly emphasized in Jill Stamm and Paula Spencer’s book Bright From the Start, they discuss the importance of switching sides each time you bottle-feed, as it allows both sides of baby’s brain and fine motor skills to develop during feedings.

Keep baby feeding on one side of the breast for longer. If you have a large milk supply, it’s important to keep your baby on one side of the breast for longer rather than switching to the second breast prematurely. This is because you want him to receive a good balance of hind milk and foremilk. During the first part of a feed, your breast milk contains high water and lactose levels, and has low fat content. As the feeding continues, the high-in-fat hind milk is released, which helps baby to digest the lactose of the foremilk. Without this nutritional balance, babies can get gassy, fussy and have frothy stools.

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