Your body gives your baby all he wants – comfort, warmth, and food. When you avoid pacifiers and bottle nipples your body can do just what it’s designed to do. You’ll love knowing you are your baby’s whole world!
It’s simple. Just tell your nurse that you do not want your baby to have a pacifier or bottle nipples that can get in the way of learning to breastfeed.
During the early days, you and your baby are getting to know each other. You will learn your baby’s special signs he wants to suck or eat. Your baby finds that when he shows those signs you meet his needs. Your milk supply gets started, and baby learns the right way to suck to get your milk. The more practice you and your baby get without other nipples getting in the way, the faster and better it works.
It takes around 3 or 4 weeks for you and your baby to get in sync. Wait until then to offer a pacifier or bottle nipple.
If your baby needs extra milk before then, use a spoon, cup, dropper, or other means. Your doctor or nurse can help you decide which method is best for your baby.
Breastfeeding goes better when mom’s champion is there to support her.
Newborn babies often fuss for many reasons. They might not like how a dirty diaper feels against their tender skin. They might be too warm or too cold. They might be hungry. Or they might just need to be close to mom where they feel safe.
Your support is crucial during this early learning time! You can help explain to family members why baby is not using a pacifier or bottle. You can watch for baby’s special signs he wants to nurse so he does not get too upset. You can help mom calm the baby if he is fussy. You can also help her feed the baby with a dropper or spoon if he needs extra milk.
When you avoid other nipples in the early weeks, you will be better able to meet your breastfeeding goals.
Babies need to suck. A lot! Babies use their mouths to learn about their world. They suck to take in food, and this sucking signals your body to make lots of milk. Sucking also releases special hormones in the baby’s belly. These help make the baby feel sleepy and satisfied. Your breast gives your baby just what he needs to satisfy his strong need to suck and feed well AND to help you make lots of milk.
Pacifiers may calm the baby for a while, but there is no food in them. They block your baby from showing you feeding cues. This means baby has to wait much longer to get what he REALLY wants – to be held, fed, and comforted. Instead of using a pacifier, just watch for baby’s signs to eat and feed him quickly. This teaches baby he can trust you and makes him more content. Baby also gains weight faster and your body makes more milk.
Bottle nipples also get in the way. Your baby uses his tongue in a special way when he is at your breast. This makes feeding comfortable for you, too. When your baby gets a bottle nipple, he has to use his tongue in another way. It’s hard for babies to learn how to do two things at once! Because the milk flows faster from a bottle nipple, some babies prefer it. This can make them upset when they go back to the breast. They may also suck the wrong way and make you sore.
There’s no greater pride as a mom than seeing your baby grow healthy and strong because of you! Mother Nature gives you all you need to feed, comfort, and protect your baby without using formula. So you and your little miracle can enjoy being happy and close.
Here’s how to make plenty of milk and keep your baby calm without using formula.
The more milk that is removed from your breasts, the more milk your body makes. It really is that simple! It starts during the first hour after birth when special hormones tell your body to start making milk. After that magical first hour, feed your baby every time he shows signs he is ready. Keep your baby close, skin to skin. This gives him lots of chances to learn how to breastfeed well.
All new babies are fussy. This does not mean they need formula. In fact, babies cry for lots of reasons! Babies cry when they are too cold or hot. They fuss when their diaper is dirty. They fuss on the second night when they are tired of all the noise and people in the hospital. Home is in your arms. So instead of giving formula, calm baby the way he wants most – skin to skin with you.
In some cases the doctor may ask you to give your baby a little extra milk for a medical reason. If this happens, the best milk to give is your own milk. You can pump or hand express your milk to give to your baby in a spoon, cup, or dropper.
Your support will help mom breastfeed without using formula.
Most new moms do not want an audience while they breastfeed. You can help her nurse in private. Suggest visitors grab a bite to eat or go for a walk. Ask your nurse for a sign to place on the door. Request “quiet time” so you and mom can spend time alone with the baby.
Many moms blame their milk supply if baby is fussy. They may even feel they need to give formula to make baby happy. When mom feels upset, this is a great time to remind her how much her baby needs her milk. You can also help her calm the baby without formula. Hold the baby skin to skin. Rock the baby. Or sway baby gently until he calms. Tell mom she’s doing a great job.
It’s great to know you can feed and comfort your baby with your milk. When you avoid formula, you are able to protect breastfeeding with the best start possible.
Your milk is perfect! It has the right balance of vitamins and minerals to help baby grow. It’s also more than food. Every golden drop gives your baby cells that fight disease. There’s no formula that comes close to what only you can give your baby!
Even a little formula changes things. When formula is given, germs and bacteria get into the baby’s tummy more easily. This may increase baby’s risk of allergies or getting sick.
Giving formula also changes how your body makes milk. When you follow your baby’s cues and feed only your milk, your body makes enough milk to meet your baby’s needs. When you give formula or other foods and drinks, your baby takes less breast milk. This tells your body to slow down and not make so much milk.
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