Monday, February 20, 2012

:GUEST ARTICLE: FROM AN EXPERT!

All About Bottlefeeding: Bottles


It is important to familiarize yourself and become an expert on bottles and bottlefeeding because they play a big role in weaning your child. There is plenty to learn about bottles, but the most important thing to keep in mind is that bottles need changing. The type of bottle you use and the type of teat you use should be changed as your child gets older.

You will need at least six bottles. Newborn babies feed about six times a day, so you need to have the same number of bottles for the same number of feedings. If you are expressing or pumping breast milk and storing it, you will need more bottles (twelve is a good number because it is double the number of feedings) In this case of storing breast milk, glass bottles are preferable.

Apart from the milk bottles, you may want to consider having two extra bottles, one for juice and one for water. It is just safer to separate the types of liquids you put in your bottles. It makes it easier to clean, and you're assured none of them will have a funny taste when it comes to feeding your baby. This will probably come later in infancy (around the 8th or 9th month) since it is advised that babies do not drink juice till they are older.

Standard baby bottles come in two sizes, 120mL and 225mL. It's a good idea to have three of each kind (assuming the six bottle minimum.) Be sure to measure your baby's liquid in a separate container, not in the bottle. 225mL is too much for a baby till they are about a year old so never fill a bottle to the top and be sure to measure it with a glass measuring cup. The Pyrex ones are the best kind.

Baby bottles also vary in terms of the width of the bottle. There are wide neck bottles, which are easier to clean and are less messy when putting formula in. They also help make sure babies don't suck in too much air. There are regular bottles, which are the easiest to find teats for and are the size that fit in standard coolers and sterilizers. There are narrow neck bottles, which are the easiest for a baby to learn to feed themselves because these bottles are the easiest for a baby to hold. Finally, there are anti-colic bottles, which work under the premise that colic is caused by babies taking in too much air while feeding. Anti-colic bottles are designed to reduce air intake of the baby. If your baby seems unsettled after feedings or is gassy, you can try using an anti-colic bottle to see if it helps.

Just as important as your baby bottles are you teats. There are slow flowing teats designed for newborns, and there are quicker flowing teats which older babies are more comfortable with. You can tell that milk flow is too fast if your baby chokes or leaks milk out of the side of their mouth.As your baby becomes used to sucking and learn show to control their own milk flow, you can change their teat so that they get more milk. However, the best type of teat will depend on the type of milk you're serving (some are thicket than others) and your baby's teat preference. Keep in mind that teats deteriorate so always on your teats.
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Thursday, February 16, 2012

ONE & DONE..OR 1 1/2 OR 2?

 Breast feeding is a great gift from God, How sweet it is to have your own custom maded drink, just for you? That's better than any leading brand of milk, because of all the benefits that come with it, the nutrients, the bonding, its priceless.

Now that we are clear on where I stand on the gift of milk and that I'm on team breastfeeding however, My love is now 1yrs old, has 6 teeth, learning to walk, trying to talk, she has her own personality and interest and knows what she wants. I think its time for strictly Sippy cups!

In a few weeks she'll be 1 yrs old & 3 months, and Nevaeh is still very, Team Breastfeeding, and I'm over it. Yes, of course I will miss my little baby needing her mommy but! she's about half my size and just as smart (thanx to breastmilk) but, I had enough!

Sometimes I feel bad for rejectibg her and I end up nursing her, because she doesn't understand why I'm not allowing her to have what she knows as rightfully hers. I must find away to get this weaning process started as soon as possible, something both of us can live with.

I'm so glad this book by Wendi Blaire came to me its called "Hello Milk, Bye Bye Milk: An Expert Mom's Ultimate Guide to Breastfeeding and Weaning.



So let the reading and weaning begin!




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Friday, February 10, 2012

1 AND COUNTING

Yes! leave it to me to post anything about Nevaeh's birthday almost a month later. You know how caught up us, Mommies get. Nevertheless, the party was great and I do have some pictures to share. Nevaeh and I arrived late, and I didn't have time to do my hair, so it looked a little like, well you will see lol. It was a lot of fun planning this party. The theme was The Care Bears, and that isn't something you know you will just find when you go to the store, like Disney stuff or Spounge Bob or something , so the online searching was fun. Spending and saving was fun. Getting her pictures and finding the perfect dress was fun. I had a blast baking cupcakes and cookies, I made bout 5 dozen, fun time fun time. Here are a few pictures, but! You can view more At Pacifiers & Lip Gloss Tumblr jmeekz.tumblr.com also check out the twitter page @PacisNLipgloss for fun, daily parenting tips, laughs, pictures and more!






     

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