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My princess is 1 year old (update)

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Goodbye to all the worries and  problems that I had with my newborn. Now I have an active, pretty little toddler having fun all around.

It’s amazing when she kisses me and we cuddle to sleep together. I can’t imagine my life without her.

Time flies and I never thought that my girl will grow so fast. In this post, I will try to fit in everything that every mum expects to hear from other mum and whatever I think I have achieved so far.

Breastfeeding

We are still doing breastfeeding and to my surprise . That is the most favourite part of her day when she comes to me to feed. Now she demand by pulling my top. Her feeding has dropped to 2 feeds a day and one before bed. She still feed during night and now I have stopped counting how many times. Sometimes I get lucky she just wake  up 2 times. But as long its comforting her I don’t mind.

Food

We are still trying new food with variety. She is having 3 meals a day including 2 3 snacks a day. She drinks a lot of water during day. Sometime she eats what we eat and sometimes I cook her own food. Breakfast she have one egg Boiled,  porridge or weetabix and quarter fruit.  At lunch she sometimes have pasta sometimes rice. Dinner time I divide her meal in vegetable protein and grains. Like bread and chicken with vegetable.  When out and about I grab a pouch of puree, sandwich and some cucumber slices or cheese slices. Comment below if you like to know the ideas. It’s really exciting trying different thing. I feel like a pro now .😆

Her weight and size of her clothes and shoes

She has never been on the bigger side.  She was born on 25th centile and dropped to 9th centile in last few months. But she has really been active and doing a lot. Health visitor told me that she is perfectly doing well.

Her weight is 17lb and she is wearing 9 to 12 months now a days. She has got really long legs. Sometimes she fit in 6 to 9 months dresses. She still wear 3 to 6 months bodysuits and vests. As they pull and still fit her well.

Her shoe size changes every other month. But recently it’s been 3g in clarks shoes.  I bought a bigger size that’s 4 and she is comfortable in it. Where 3g is very tight. So I’m going to get her measured on my next visit.

Words she says

She talks a lot. She has  been saying mama dada baba after her six months but now she made her self clear by pointing out on objects.

  • Mama (mum)
  • AMMA (mum)
  • Baba (dad)
  • Dada (grandad)
  • Tata (bye)
  • I lo you (i love u)
  • Hello
  • Allah (God)
  • Daddy
  • Chacha (uncle)
  • Bhai ( brother)
  • Aaja (come)
  • No no
  • Wow
  • Mooooo (cow sound)
  • Aaaaahhhh (tiger sound)
  • Aapa (elder sister)
  • Daabu (older uncle)
  • This

Sometimes she just goes and say a word and doesn’t repeat it again.  So these were the words she said everyday.

Milestone achieved

  • Crawl; she has been crawling since the end of her 8 months .
  • Climbing; she has been climbing stairs since she was 10 months.
  • Stand with support; she stand for quite long with a support.  On sofa or chair.
  • Walking; she hasn’t been walking yet independently. But she walks holding a Walker.
  • Pointing objects; she always point on object when she needs to ask about it. When she want something to eat she points at it.
  • Feeding herself; she feeds herself with hands and sometime with spoon. She drinks her water by holding her bottle herself.
  • Teeths; not a single tooth yet. One of those babies. Late teething.
  • Recognise animals; she recognise animals by makimg the same sound as they make when asked about it.
  • Waving and clapping ; she has been waving and clapping since 7 months .
  • Moving with the rhythm of nursery rhymes.

Poo trained

As it has been really controversial on a babygroup. About my practices being judged in their own perspectives. I proudly say my girl is completely poo trained. She only goes poo in toilet. And she tells by making a face. She still wear nappy all day for wee because I’m waiting  for her to walk independently before I start potty training.

Activities I do with her

  • Playing with Building blocks and stacking cups.
  • Reading books every night before sleep. She love reading books. Specially the ones that have animal pictures in it.
  • Hide and seek under blanket and behind the table.
  • Flash cards (only few words with pictures 5 or 6 a week)
  • Role play ( I become an animal and make the sound and chase her and she runs off laughing )
  • Cleaning ( when I’m cleaning I give her clean cloth and she follows me everywhere and clean everything with her small hands)
  • Giving rides on my back ( I became a horse and hold her on my back)
  • Singing ( all the nursery rhymes and nasheed)
  • Massage
  • Pray ( when I’m praying she repeats the same )

Toys

She has a lot of toys but there are some that she really seem to enjoy playing. She loves her vtech walker. She plays long long time with it and she now walks holding it.  She has one musical smartphone that one is her favourite too. Other toys she occasionally play with are; building blocks, classical fisher price  pull along telephone, rattles, pull along dog, sorting shapes and doll etc.

Social skills

Alhumdulillah ! She is very active and can play with everyone. She have a huge circle of friends in family and acquaintances. She loves to play and share her toys with other kids. She gets very interested of what other kids is doing and join with them. She gives hugs and kissed to her cousins.

Sleep

I’m still working on it. As she is still breastfeeding, she wakes up couple of times just to feed. We had to leave our house for 2 months as we had a renovation. And that spoilt her habits . At my mums i used to Co sleep with her due to lack of space. Now when I’m back I bought a new cot for her. She still stands up in the middle of night and cry to come to me. I take her out give her cuddle and put her to sleep.  And when she is asleep I put her back. There are few days when I’m exhausted and don’t bother to put her back in cot.  But I’m determined to make her happy in her cot.

Last but not the least. Every baby and every person is different . So we should not be judging ourselves or others of what they are doing or if their practices are right or wrong. Different things works for different people.  So you should follow that works best for you. The purpose of this post is to update everyone and writing a memory for myself. If in the coming years I forget what I did with Z ..

Stay happy and enjoy life . Let me know if my post was helpful and if you want to ask anything comment below.

 

 

 

How I understand my baby’s cues for potty at 8 months

I can’t be more than happy today. I was ignoring the signs and cues my baby girl was giving me for so long. Today she nailed it. To my utter surprise I do not have to do anything other than putting her on her seat in the toilet. Then she just did something beyond her age.

Yes my nearly 8 months old baby pooped in the toilet.

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Let’s have short look in details now.  My girl doesn’t poo everyday.  So I’m always worried about her and really wait for her to go. Because when she’s constipated she gets very fussy. So I keep giving her food with fibres and fruits to keep her digestive system working good.

After she started her weaning the texture of her poop changed. It became harder. So everytime she strains and goes red I knew she was going to poo. Whenever I open her nappy to my surprise there was little or no poo in the nappy. And as soon as I open the nappy she start eliminating poo. Seriously,  she poops when I open her nappy.  I been doing this for a month now.  So I already had a potty that I brought for her where she peed earlier. I shared that experience as well in this post.

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Been ignoring those signs and cues thinking this might be really early for her to potty in the toilet. I was happy for her just doing pee once a day. But again and again I see her in pain in strain and she was not doing it made me pick her and rush to the toilet. And within seconds she relieved herself. She was smiling and I was just saying.  ‘Good girl my girl just done poo poo’.

I never thought about proper potty training. I’m still not going to push her towards potty training until she starts walking . I will just catch the signs and then take her very slowly.

No more pain as gravity works better than nappy. No more rashes as she will be cleaned immediately.  And no more smelly poop. All we get is happy baby and happy mummy.

I encourage those mums who believe in picking the signs of elimination communication to go for it. Why not try it. If your baby is happy with it then it’s something that will help him later. If not then you can try later when your baby is ready.

 

Posted in baby health and wellness, development and learning for baby, elimination communication, mummy baby love

My 7 month old baby wee in toilet today – I’m so happy

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I never knew that my girl will give such a quick response at this age. I was shopping in tesco and I saw a potty seat, the one that goes over the toilet. I just bought it like this will help in future.

So she was giving me signs that I was ignoring.  Like whenever I used to change her nappy at night she wees right after I take it off. Most of the times the wee goes right on my bed. Sorry I no longer use any changing mat now. I was like why didn’t you do it in nappy. And there I thought wait ! Let’s try potty. May be let’s try my luck.

The next day I put the potty right at the same time before bed and I sat her on it.  I made the sound sssssssss. Nothing happened. Then I put little water over her wee wee spot.. After 5 minutes she did and she was like .

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I was very very happy. I praised her so much after that. And she was giggling and babbling. I’m so proud of her now.  I’m not going to push her to do poo at this stage now and going to put her on potty just once at night for few weeks. So she just get used to it.

So that is our first step towards growing up. Let me know if anyone of you have any nice tips for later. I will keep it updated with potty training.

 

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Chicken pulao is a hit today..

I mentioned in my earlier post that we are on a weaning journey.  My baby is just about 6.5 months and exploring new thing everyday. She is not a very chubby baby but she is not fussy either.

Our theory is.. If mummy can eat it, baby will eat it too. .so I always make her food by tasting it.

So what we did  .. I took I small piece of chicken washed it and put it to boil with rice and potato. Later I added some peas. When it came to a boil and tender I blended it adding little butter. It came out quite nice and creamy.

She really loved it.

Share your hit recipes and leave a comment below. If you want more hits to be shared. I will surely take a photo next time.

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Growth spurt and sleep regression

 

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I am a first time mum of a baby girl, who’s 6 months. Those early days of newborn are gone and we started getting hang over everything. Things went so smooth that I decided to write a blog about my motherhood and my baby. My baby weaned well, have a routine of morning and daytime naps, sleeping 7 hours straight at night. Felt like I achieved what I wanted and going up one more level. And now boom.  Sudden change in sleep pattern and naps. Now I feel like a mombie.

When to expect growth spurt

Well motherhood is unpredictable and the joys of accomplishment didn’t last long. You must heard about ‘ growth spurt ‘. 6 weeks, 3 months, 6 months, 9 months and so on. I think she is having one.

All babies are different and their growth spurts are different as well. These are just estimate age where people observed their babies growing.  In fact, babies grow over night. Their growth spurt last for 3 days or a week.

She decided to teach me a lesson now. So on this stage this madam doesn’t like to sleep during day at all. Before I was just put her and she usually sleep for an hour two times a day on her own. Now she need feeding and rocking and patting and even after all that she wakes up after 15 minutes. On top of that she wants me to hold her all the time. All

Night time is the worst. After giving me those wonderful sleeps she started waking up every other hour . And now she doesn’t want to go back in her cot after feed. Yes. We are breastfeeding but we are not Co sleeping.

Other mums at baby group was having discussion about baby routines.  When I told them about my girl they were just amazed of how I done it. I became so confident. But now I am thinking what I’m doing wrong. Where I went wrong. Am I being overconfident.

My health visitor explained about growth spurt. What to look for? What to do? What are her needs right now? How to cope when baby is having a growth spurt.

Signs that your baby going through growth spurt

1. Feeding or eating more than usual

2. Sleeping regression  or hibernation.

3. When their clothes go smaller.

4. When they are fussier and need more comfort and cuddles.

5. There will be sudden increase in their weight and height.

Do’s and don’t

1. Do feed your baby whenever she wants. But don’t overfeed them when they start leaving or pushing out then stop.

2. Don’t link everything to growth spurt. It doesn’t accompany fever or rashes or any other illness. Always consult your pediatrician when you observe anything of concern.

3. Babies don’t understand their emotions and body changes and they get fussier. Feed them change them and check if their tummies are ok. Give them lots of cuddles and make them feel secure.

4. Do not wake your child up to feed. Unless your breasts are full and you have no option. Let them sleep. The more they sleep they grow.

5. Be there for your baby. Housework can be done once they are sleeping.

6. If they don’t let you sleep at night and keep waking up for feed, just feed them and keep patience. These days will pass soon.

Finally, I want to give support to all of you and tell you this is just a phase. I know it feels rrally frustrating sometimes and feels like you are stuck in this endless cycle but trust me when you look at your baby growing, you will forget about everything. One more thing that I was doing wrong.  I got too stuck up on making routine and staying on it. It’s not bad to follow your routine but if baby slips off then just allow it and stop blaming yourself.  Enjoy every stage.

Have a nice growth spurt.

Posted in baby health and wellness, weaning

How I started weaning my girl

Our weaning journey started 2 months ago. When I started it was just one meal a day and now my girl is 6 months and having 3 meals a day.

My little girl on her weight chart started with 50th centile and then dropped to 25th centile.  She was exclusively breastfeeding First few months.  On the advice of health visitor I start topping her up with formula twice a day. But still dropping on weight chart. She is very active, plays well and doing everything  perfectly fine.

As she was dropping her centile lines I followed my mummy instinct and considered weaning earlier than guidelines. My baby taught me a lot. What she likes, what can she take, what can she digest.  After coming on solids three times a day she is picking up again.

I started her food with baby rice. Well usually everyone says to start with rice. My girl wasn’t really into it. I tried few times but she didn’t like it. Then I bought Aptamil banana porridge and to my amazement. She loved it.

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It’s very easy to make. Just add one table spoon to a bowl and 3 tablespoon of warm water or formula milk or breastmilk.

In the same porridge i started adding purees( apple and pear) . I was not experimenting at the beginning because it was still early for her digestive system to adjust.

Her poo changed and the consistency as well. One thing that worried me was she was not pooping daily. Her poo turned hard and she became constipated.  My mistake and I didn’t realize. I have to give her lots of water with solids. Now I give her water whenever I can and things started coming back to normal. Still she poo every 2 days  but better than before.

Till one month porridge and purees are the only one meal I was making for her. By her 5th month, I started giving her hint of everything.  For e.g. If I’m eating boiled egg I mash it’s yolk and gave. She asked for more. Likewise, I had avocado and I offered her with it as well.

Similarly, I gave her lots of easy digestible foods. Some she liked a lot and some of them she didn’t.  Those she didn’t like she push it away from mouth or puked.  So the list of first food I started from 4 months are as follows:

  • Baby banana porridge (loved it)
  • Apple puree (loved it)
  • Pear puree (loved it)
  • Potato mash (50,50)
  • Avocado (loved it)
  • Sweet potato puree (liked it)
  • Banana puree (she puked straight away)
  • Carrot puree (liked it)

At 6 months,

  • Cauliflower and potato mash
  • Carrot, peas and sweet potato mash
  • Semolina porridge
  • Chicken,Rice and lentil soup
  • Full fat yoghurt with puree
  • Butternut squash puree
  • Peach puree
  • Oaty porridge
  • Scrambled egg
  • Boiled egg yolk
  • Cauliflower cheese
  • Diluted fresh orange juice
  • Fresh apple juice

And I’m still on my way trying different things. She loved all of these things. I make all my baby food at home. If anybody interested in baby food recipes leave a comment below.

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Sleep training success

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Babies are not meant to act like clock work. Neither, they can follow a book. Every baby is different and the way they develop day by day also tend to be different. Some babies are good sleeper naturally but few of them give hard time to their parents. The only thing a parent can do is to establish a routine as soon  as they can.

At the beginning, when baby is born we can’t follow any routine. That time the only important thing is to be there for her and give her what she needs. They sleep a lot in their early days. But they don’t have any pattern of sleep. They sleep any time and they get up anytime.

When can you start establishing routine

When baby reaches their 6 weeks they will go through growth spurt as well. At that time a mother should try to look for the cues and start putting them to sleep on particular times. If they don’t sleep don’t get frustrated. Just try to follow similar routine everyday before their night sleep and daytime naps. Put them to sleep during daytime naps and night time on the similar times. Babies will eventually learn to follow the timing by watching their surroundings. Keep the lights as dim as you can and keep it quiet at night so they know it’s night and they should sleep quietly. When putting them to sleep during day do not try to keep it as quiet. You don’t have to tip toe as you won’t be able to do anything if you worry about them to sleep long. They need to learn the difference during day and night. When they grow older their daytime naps will go shorter.

When my girl reached her six weeks, I started following routine before her night sleep of bathing, massaging, changing of pyjamas, low lights and feed. She was and still breastfeeding and she usually dozed off after her feed.  Initially it was a struggle because the time I wanted her to sleep was not the time for her feed. So she didn’t know how to put herself to sleep at that stage. Then after a week, she started waking up just after 20 minutes of her sleep. Like I used to start her routine at 9pm and by the time I feed her she used to go to sleep by 10. And then she wake up a lot at 12 then 2 then 5. Because she was exclusively breastfeeding. So you have to be lenient but consistent at that stage. 

By the time she reached her 3 months everything went out of the window. I was searching and reading a lot about what I was doing wrong. But couldn’t find anything.

When she was 4 months, I found out about sleep training.  There were two methods.

  1. Cry it out
  2. No tears (pick up put down)

I read and read and read. There was not a single thing I liked about cry it out. The first method ‘cry it out’ is that you leave your kid in her cot or moses basket after nappy change and feed. And leave the room. The baby will cry but you can’t come until 5 minutes. After 5 minutes you come in room and check if they are ok. If they still cry you let them cry. And next time you come after 10 minutes. Baby will cry and then learn to sleep . Which  doesn’t make any sense to me.  May be it work for few people but I just can’t see my baby crying and coughing. So I just ignored the idea of cry it out.

Then I read about no tears. I completely swear by it.

Pick up put down

Well this worked for me wonders. I’m going to tell you about it in detail. But just keep that in mind. You have to be consistent and do not compromise at the beginning. No matter you have a night out with your husband or anything in the world. It’s better to have good night tine with hubby everyday rather than once a week. If you want you baby to learn the skill for the rest of their life and some peace for your sleeps, be there for them and start.

What you got to do is after their night time routine. Do not let them sleep after their feed. Well I’m not saying always but just when you are starting your sleep training. If they sleep just try to rub their ear or cheeks or open one leg of the babygrow . Consider that you don’t need to fully wake them up. You need to put them down in their basket when they are sleepy not asleep.

After few seconds they are going to start crying. Don’t let them cry . Pick them up and calm them down. When they stop crying you need to put them down. They will start crying again. Pick them up again and continue doing it till they go to sleep.

First attempts could be failure but for me she learned to sleep on third day. It was so amazing. I stopped all that rocking and moving. And my daughter was sleeping on her own. On the fourth day, I didn’t even need to pick her up. I just patted her on her chest.

She is 6 months now and most of the time she sleep straight after breastfeed. I don’t wake her up if she is in deep sleep. But if she don’t sleep during feed, I use the same method. Now she sleep through the night 10pm to 8am and have 3 regular daytime naps.

The good thing about this method is that you can use the same technique during daytime naps.  But I must say determination, patience and consistency is the key.

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Baby has wind, gas or colic… I didn’t know that….

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All my pregnancy and after a week of giving birth. Nobody mentioned to me that babies have wind or gas. After two weeks postpartum I fed my girl and put her in her moses basket. She slept straight away. In the middle of night she woke up screaming. I thought she was hungry.  I fed her. After feed she started crying again.  I thought she had a dirty nappy. But no, it wasn’t.  She didn’t stop crying.  And poor me….. I started crying as well. After 2 minutes she puked ( projectile vomit). Her clothes, bedding, blanket and my clothes … everything was of vomit. I was at my mums place those days. She woke up and came to see what’s going on. There she told me that I might not burped her properly. And she might be gassy.

For me, it was a very new thing. Oh! Baby have gases. So what can we really do about gases? In the middle of night where can I get something to relieve her gas? Wait… she is just two weeks. I can’t give her gripe water can I ?? Its too late to go buy infacol. Searched again . . Searched….. Dr. Google saved the day. . Actually it was YouTube.. well both.

I read on baby centre website that almost all babies whether they are bottle fed or breast fed have gas to some degree and there is a massage to relieve baby’s wind or colic. Those bicycle movements.  And leg press to the stomach actually worked.

She gave me what I wanted. .  . A big fart! In my life that was the first time I got so happy on fart.

Yes….  Farts and poos and wees. .. they are my best friends now.  I wait for them.  Later, next morning I went to pharmacy and bought infacol for her. When I gave her infacol she puked again. I tried again after next feed and she vomited again.  Then my mum told the water I use to boil for her formula top up, boil it with 2 3 seeds of fenugreek (saunf). I did and that was life saver. I was not topping up with formula that time but to just relieve her pain I did. And it worked.

That was my first experience with baby wind. And I’m not saying that it will work for every baby.  But worth trying.

When she turned to one month I started giving her gripe water. And before that I used to massage her belly every other day.

Just remember, always burp your baby. If she’s asleep or not burping. Just keep her upright on the shoulder for good 10 minutes.

Signs of baby’s wind

  1. They become irritable and stretch their back.
  2. They become very fussy while feeding.
  3. They will not settle after feed.
  4. Projectile vomiting.
  5. They won’t sleep.
  6. When baby doesnt burp, do hiccup, spit out milk a lot more than usual or belch. This indicates too much air been swallowed while feeding.
  7. Bloating of the abdomen.  When wind traps in intestines causing built up pressure, pain and discomfort. The stomach will feel hard to touch.

So what we can try;

To relieve

My baby was just two weeks. So the only thing I tried was tummy massage and formula milk made in saunf water. The other things mums can try are;

  1. Infacol: you can give infacol from birth onwards.
  2. Gripe water: after 1 month
  3. Tummy massage : there are so many videos on YouTube for colicky babies.  Or massage to help relive gas.
  4. Tummy time
  5. Bicycling legs.
  6. Swaddling.

I  will suggest if anything else that concern you as a mum. Mention to your doctor or health visitor. As I always tell my doctor whatever makes me worry about my girl. I take my girl to health visitor every two weeks and they are really helpful and informative.

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Things you need to know about breastfeeding as a first time mum

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1. First time breastfeeding

First 3 days. Oh my goodness! Before birth I thought I’m going to exclusively breastfeed my baby. Well I did but I was thinking I’m not going to give even single drop of formula milk. Baby’s stomach increases in days. I thought I will be having enough milk. On my second day postpartum, I was feeding my girl for 1 hour and then 2 hours but she was crying and crying and crying. I was at my wits end  and at the end of day I started crying as well. Thoughts like I’m not a good mum or I’m not providing enough for my baby keep bombarding my mind. I gave her one ounce formula and there you go. She got settled. Looking around. And then she slept for 3 hours.

I kept breastfeeding her during all day. On the third day, she slept for 4 hours and my supply was at its peak. I remember I was trying to wake her up so I feed her. Because it was leaking.

2. Managing milk supply

As a first time mum, you have to feed with both breast for a constant time. Well it’s a common sense but I was myself use to forget which side I fed her. Ending up one side heavier than other.

Newborn babies take long to feed but as they grow older, feeding time tends to get shorter. I downloaded an app for breastfeeding. It was so good . It indicated each side and how long and how many times baby has been fed.

If your baby sleep longer after one breast. Try using pump for the other side only when you feel it’s too full and your baby is not waking up. To my own experience I don’t like using pump. But there are times you don’t have any option . You have to take it out.

Now I don’t use any app or pump.  My baby has started weaning and she feeds for shorter time and not very frequently.  And now I learnt and knew how to manage.

3. Blocked ducts or hardened milk

This is a killer. I had it 3 times now. So painful and frustrating.  It happens when you don’t feed or express milk for long period. And you have full milk. Hard lumps formed in your breast that won’t go even after you feed your baby.

I still remember one night when it happened to me first time . I literally woke up from my sleep. I saw there was a milk blister on my nipple and 3 lumps in my breast.  I went into hot shower to bring it down, I expressed, I fed nothing helped.

I searched and searched and found milk blisters can be treated by sterilised needle if you just burst the blister and feed. Well I know so many of you will disagree . But it worked for me. But I am going to get checked from my gp as well.

I observed it happens more after I started weaning my girl.  Always tell your gp about anything that need to be concerned.

Sometimes even if your baby bump his head on your chest or by mistake it got hit by anything that can cause lumps and pain in breast as well. So be careful.

4. Increasing supply

I’m a pakistani, so my mum always bombard me with so many baby hacks and tips. Supply always depends on the demand. Usually, your body will produce the amount your baby needs. But there are ways to increasing supply as well.

My mum told me to drink water boiled with fennel seeds. It helps increasing the milk supply and will also be good on baby stomach.

The other thing she told me was eating fish increase milk supply as well. And it truly does.

In first few months,baby wakes a lot during night for feed. My mum used to give milk before bed. Now I always have a glass of milk before sleeping. It helps with milk supply during night time.

5. Quality of milk

It all depend on your diet. I really really want to tell most the new mums to please look after your diet. Your baby is what you eat. Babies tummies are so sensitive in early days. So as your body.  So eat clean diet at the beginning. Avoid spices or heavy junk food. Drink plenty of water. Do not drink cold juice or drinks. Limit your caffeine. Eat lots of nuts. Our asian mummies always make ‘panjeeri ‘ for new mummy. This is the whole blend of nuts, seeds, dry fruits roasted in clarified butter. It is so good for milk and it gives so much energy to mum. It helps soothe and recover the postpartum body as well.

 6. Proper latch

It’s very important. Milk doesn’t flow properly causing hardening and making lumps in breast if baby is not properly latched. The nipple should by fully in mouth and make sure the baby is breathing fine.

7. Breastfeeding positions

Always make yourself comfortable while feeding. Invest in good nursing pillows. I swear by the one I have. It’s c shaped. Do not lean on your baby while feeding. It gives you so much back pain. If baby is fussy try changing the positions.

 

 

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Breastfeeding to sleep and soothe baby

Screenshot_2016-03-17-12-44-23-1Babies are born with the instinct of sucking the breast . After birth the minute you put baby skin to skin, she starts feeding. It’s normal and it’s natural. If comfort nursing works for you and your family than nothing else matters at all.  When your baby grows few months older, people will start telling you to stop using feed as an association to sleep. Your kid needs to learn how to put himself to sleep on his own.

According to a research, sucking on breast releases a hormone called cholecystokinin (CCK) which makes both baby and mummy feeling relaxed and brings baby in sleep mode (Uvnas-Muberg et. Al 1993).

It’s important to teach your children good habits but it’s perfectly normal and healthy if your baby drift off on breast. It’s one of the developmental stage.

Babies usually wake up 2 to 3 times at night during their first year.  Some babies are just different they sleep through the night. There are no right or wrong rules or any successful methods.  Few things works for few babies and those same things won’t work on other babies. As time passes you will learn yourself what is more comforting for your baby.

My baby girl is about 6 months now and I trained her for sleeping as well. But she still drops off to sleep while feeding. I will write a post about how I trained her to sleep on her own. But for now I just want all the mothers to know to give your baby comfort. They feel close to you and they relax . Just think about it this way. Time flies when you have a baby and they wont be able to get the comfort and nourishment through breastfeed in their later life. So make the most of it and dont feel guilty . Even we as adults have associations to sleep like watching TV, reading book , scrolling through our smartphones and tablets.

Trust your baby and yourself.  There will be a time when your baby will go to sleep on his own. And then you will miss the closeness you had before. Just make the most of it.

I used to google a lot and i read a lot of articles about how to put baby to sleep , how to get them sleep through night, is comfort nursing good or bad. And all the mothers have these concerns. I can truly relate with that. But I learnt if that time someone came to me and reassure that this time is very little. My baby sleep through by God’s blessing .  She still wakes up once at night. But after a feed she goes back to sleep. It’s a natural developmental progression that she learnt when she was ready. And your baby will learn it too. Do not get frustrated and trust yor instinct. You are the mother and you are the whole world for your baby right now.  So be there for her .