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.
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.
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.