Baby feeding tips from our health visitor

Our health visitor discusses breast milk, teething and weaning, to arm you with all the info you need

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Ways to help your little one get enough breast milk

  • Check attachment to the breast. Get advice from a breastfeeding supporter or visit www.breastfeeding.nhs.uk if you’re not sure what to look for.
  • Feed on her terms. In the early days this may be 12 times a day, possibly more.
  • Stop when she’s finished. Often babies ‘comfort suck’ at the end of the feed, when fat-rich milk is taken.
  • Change pace. During growth spurts, babies feed more frequently.
  • Go au naturel. Skin-to-skin contact helps calm babies and promotes milk production.
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Ways to get through teething time

  • Top up fluids. Teething’s often accompanied by excessive dribbling, so make sure your baby gets the fluids she’s lost again.
  • Read the label. There are some gels that can help – remember to check which are right for her age group.
  • Deliver extra hugs. Skin-to-skin contact and keeping your baby close when she’s uncomfortable can help soothe discomfort.
  • Cool teething rings in the fridge. The cold helps combat gum swelling.
  • Take her temperature. If it’s high it could mean something else is wrong, not just teething, and you need to see the GP.

Steps to smooth weaning

  • Get creative with recipes so he tries lots of new flavours, and notice what he likes the most.
  • Always stir food before serving to eliminate any dangerous hot spots.
  • Use two spoons (one for you, one for your baby) to stop him grabbing the one with the food on.
  • Add props – he’ll love holding and sucking on a steamed carrot baton.
  • Wipe mucky hands and face just once at the end of a meal so you don’t put him off eating halfway through.
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Tips for healthy weaning

  • Always wash your hands before preparing food and feeding your little one.
  • Clean your baby’s hands and teach her about hand hygiene from the start.
  • Cover cooked and raw meats and keep them separate in the fridge.
  • Always use different chopping boards when preparing mean and veggies to avoid cross contamination.
  • Reheat food until it is piping hot, before letting it cool down to the right temperature.

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