Every new parent soon learns that babies have different time clocks when compared to adults. A typical newborn awakens about every three hours and needs to be fed, changed, and comforted. Especially if this is their first baby, parents, particularly the mother can become overwhelmed by exhaustion. Although a solid eight hours of sleep for you may not happen again for several months, the following suggestions may be helpful in finding ways to get more rest now. In the first few weeks, a mother needs to be relieved of all responsibilities other than feeding the baby and taking care of herself. Sleep when the baby sleeps! This may be only a few minutes of rest, several times a day, but these minutes can add up. Save steps and time. Have your baby's bed near yours for feedings at night. Many new parents enjoy visits from friends and family, but new mothers should not feel obligated to entertain. Feel free to excuse yourself for a nap or to feed your baby. Get outside for a few minutes each day. You can begin walking and doing postpartum exercises, as advised by your health care provider.
A mother's body has undergone many changes during pregnancy, as well as with the birth of her baby. She needs to heal and recover from pregnancy and childbirth. In addition to rest, all mothers need to maintain a healthy diet to promote healing and recovery. The weight gained in pregnancy helps build stores for your recovery and for breastfeeding. After delivery, all mothers need to eat well so that they can be healthy and active and able to care for their baby.
Whether they breastfeed or formula feed, all mothers need to eat a healthy and balanced diet. Most lactation experts recommend that breastfeeding mothers should eat when they are hungry. But many mothers may be so tired or busy that food gets forgotten.
Even manufacturers of baby food acknowledge that breast milk is the most appropriate nourishment for newborns. And despite all efforts, manufacturers have never been able to duplicate breast milk, though their products contain all essential nutrients Breast milk provides all the nutrition that is needed for the baby as it contains the right amount of protein, sugar, fats etc.
Most mothers prefer to feed the baby in lying down position. The child can also be fed while sitting in a comfortable position in a chair, bed or on the floor. Hold the baby on your lap. Make sure your baby’s head is well supported by resting his head on your elbow. It is important that both you and your baby are comfortable.
Foods that are made from wheat, rice, oats, cornmeal, barley, or another cereal grain are grain products. Examples include whole wheat, brown rice, and oatmeal.
Vary your vegetables. Choose a variety of vegetables, including dark green, red, and orange vegetables, legumes peas and beans and starchy vegetables.
Breast Feed is best Nature has not designed cow’s milk for human babies.
Any fruit or 100 percent fruit juice counts as part of the fruit group. Fruits may be fresh, canned, frozen, or dried, and may be whole, cut-up, or pureed.
Milk products and many foods made from milk are considered part of this food group. Focus on fat-free or low-fat products, as well as those that are high in calcium.
Caring for a newborn, especially your first is one of the life’s biggest challenges. You and your partner will probably feel overwhelmed at the beginning, after all, there’s so much to learn! But don’t worry; you will soon know your baby’s needs and how to appease them.