Does your child make mealtimes a real challenge? Don't worry it's probably just a phase and there are ways to get your toddler to eat well. Our mums and experts give advice and ideas on dealing with a child that turns their nose up at mealtimes. Sick of lovingly preparing food for your toddler only to have it thrown on the floor? Our expert's got the answers to your 10 most common feeding problems...Many a battle of wills has taken place over the tea table. Toddlers eat when they feel like it and are as fickle with their favourite foods as they are with their mood swings. Not even bribery or brute force will get junior to eat that extra spoonful if he doesn't want to. So how do you know if he's eating enough to sustain his high energy levels? There's no one easy answer, but our expert nutritionist has come up with some reassuring advice.Mealtime battles may be fun for toddlers, but it can be distressing and frustrating for you, especially when you think he's not getting the right nutrients...Many parents are so anxious to ensure their children are getting a decent diet that they resort to all sorts of tricks and tactics to make them eat. The best way to deal with a toddler on virtual hunger strike is to stop fighting about food. All the things we're tempted to do, like wheedle, cajole or lose our tempers, probably only make him more determined not to touch his food.Studies show family mealtimes are becoming a thing of the past, with more of us eating on the run or staggering meals to suit everyone's busy schedules. But toddlers need structured mealtimes so they get used the idea that, at certain times of day, they should sit in a certain place and eat a meal.See the original video and more at:http://www.askamum.co.uk/Listen-and-watch/Search-Results/Video-tips/MB-TV-video-How-to-cope-with-fussy-eater/
Thinking about moving on from breast feeding or just cutting back a little? We've got some great tips form mums like you and experts on how to move your baby onto bottles. But no matter how much you love it, eventually the time comes to cut back on breastfeeding or stop completely, whether it's because you're going back to work, your baby is losing interest, or you simply want the freedom to leave him with someone else for a few hours, knowing he won't go hungry. But if your little one is used to mummy's milk and nothing else, making the switch from breast to bottle can be a difficult time for both of you -- physically and emotionally.So, to help you along the way, we've rounded up everything you need to know about moving your baby onto bottles, either part-time or completely. And, to remind you of just what a good job you've done so far, we've searched out all the breastfeeding trivia you never knew. So give yourself a big pat on the back, take a deep breath and prepare yourself for the next step on your parenting journey. Good luck!See the original video and more at:http://www.askamum.co.uk/Listen-and-watch/Search-Results/Video-tips/MB-TV-video-Moving-on-from-breast-to-bottle/
When preparing meals for your baby for the first time it is important to make sure you have a good nutritional balance and a variety of foods. Get ideas and inspiration on what to feed your baby and baby recipes from experts and mums like you. Not exactly a whizz in the kitchen? Don't panic! Get inspired by these simple weaning recipes Whether your little one has just started on solids, is getting to grips with lumps or has progressed to having a field day with finger foods, it can be tricky to think up new and exciting child-friendly recipes every day.Follow these great recipes to keep your little one's diet as healthy, varied and fun as possible.Find more great recipes at http://www.askamum.co.uk/Baby/Search-Results/Weaning-and-feedingBaby's First Vegetables(Makes 2-3 servings for a 4-month-old; 1 serving for a 6-month-old)Ingredients1 tsp olive oil1 large carrot, peeled and chopped1 potato, peeled and chopped1 tbsp peas, fresh or frozen,2 tbsp sweetcorn kernels, frozen or tinned (unsalted)4tbsp waterMethodHeat the olive oil in a small pan over medium heat. Add the carrot and fry until soft, about 5 minutes.Add the potato, peas, sweetcorn and water and stir to mix. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat, cover and simmer for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking.Puree by pushing through a sieve or by using a liquidizer. Add a little more water if a thinner consistency preferred.Apple and Apricot Puree (Makes: 2-3 servings for a 4-month-old; 1 serving for a 6-month-old)Ingredients2 small eating apples, peeled, cored and finely chopped2 peeled fresh apricots or 6 dried apricots, finely choppedMethodPlace the apples and apricots in a pan and just cover with water.Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat, cover and simmer for above 5 minutes. Strain the water and keep to one side.
By the age of about six months our babies are physically capable of feeding themselves. Baby led weaning is a term which simply put means letting your baby feed themselves from the very start of weaning. Your baby's first meal is a real milestone and moving your baby onto solids means that you can begin to make choices about what to feed your baby. For more information on weaning babies including getting your baby to eat from a spoon, what's safe to feed your baby, how to make your own baby food recipes and how to deal with baby feeding problems, go to askamum.co.uk's Weaning & Feeding section here http://www.askamum.co.uk/Baby/Left-hand-nav/Weaning--feeding/Before you start whining over weaning, remember, eating has to be learnt. Yes, hard to believe now the grown up you can devour a donut without it touching the sides of your mouth we know, but feasting on anything thicker than milk doesn't come naturally when you're only a few months old. While sucking on a breast is instinctive, solids are, quite literally, harder to swallow. But don't panic. Our quick and easy guide on when to start weaning, as well as what and how to feed your baby, will stop you making a meal out of meal times. When is the best time to start weaning? So when's the best time to start giving your baby something more solid than milk? According to the bods at the Department of Health and the World Health Organisation, the ideal is exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months. Apart from a ferocious appetite, day or night, there are other ready-to-wean signs worth watching for -- swiping at your snacks for starters, or watching your mouth when you eat. Judy More, paediatric dietician and registered nutritionist says: 'Baby's tend to show interest in food or start exploring things with their mouths,' says Judy. 'Whatever the signs, your baby needs steady head control before you wean to avoid choking.'
Massaging your baby is an excellent way of communicating with baby and deepening that close bond between you. It's a wonderful way to spend time relaxing and can help establish a routine. Above all your baby will love you for it. Your guide to how to give your newborn baby a relaxing massage: 1. You can start massaging your baby from birth. Touch can help her to develop and bond with you, as well as be calming. It's most effective if done every day for the first six months when she's in a quiet, alert mood. 2. Lay her on a flat, soft surface like a carpet or towel in a warm room. Make sure your hands are clean and warm. 3. Unperfumed, natural oils like almond or apricot are best to use, as babies have such sensitive senses. Smelling each other's natural scents also helps you to bond. Do a patch test first as babies' skin is very sensitive. 4. With her lying on her back, use a firm but gentle touch to trace from her ribs to her hips on the right side in an 'I' shape. 5. Then stroke from left to right across her tummy and sweep down with a short stroke, like a sideways 'L'. 6. Finally trace an upside down 'U' from her left to right hip, arching up over her tummy. To remember the motions, think of it as the 'I love you' massage because of the 'I', 'L' and 'U' shapes you make. 7. Keep eye contact, smile, and talk or sing to your baby as you massage her to keep her relaxed and help with bonding. 8. If she's enjoying it turn her over and repeat the motions on her back, but stop any time she doesn't appear to like it. 9. Gentle clockwise circular movements on her tummy can also help colicky pains and wind. 10. Add some extra oil to your hands if they get dry at any point.See original video and more at http://www.askamum.co.uk/Listen-and-watch/Search-Results/Video-tips/MB-TV-video-How-to-massage-your-baby/
Get advice on bathing your your baby and keeping her clean, especially in those first few weeks.Even though your baby doesn't need a bath everyday, she does need a quick wash. A 'top and tail' is the quickest and simplest way to do this. By that we mean giving your little one's face, ears, neck, hands and nappy area a wash with cooled boiled water and cotton wool. To avoid the spread infections, make sure you use a clean piece of cotton wool for each stroke when washing her ears and eyes. Giving your baby a proper bath Her hair only needs to be washed once a week to begin with. Our top tip is to do this first, just before you put your baby in the bath. That way she won't get too chilly! What you'll needBaby bath or bath support suitable from birthClean towelChanging matTissues or cotton woolClean nappy and sleepsuit for afterwards Step-by-step guide to how to give your baby a bath 1. Make sure the room is warm, then fill the bath to around 8cm deep with warm water -- 36.8°C (98°F) is about right. You can test the temperature using the traditional method of dipping your elbow in, or use a bath thermometer. If you stand the bath on something around waist height, you won't strain your back and you'll find it easier to support your baby. 2. Before putting your baby in the bath, lie her down on her changing mat and undress her. Clean her bottom with cotton wool and cool water. 3. First, wash your baby's hair. To do this with the minimum fuss, wrap her in a towel to stop any wriggling and, holding her securely in one arm, lower her head over the side of the baby bath. Scoop the water over her head, avoiding her eyes. 4. Take your baby out of the towel and hold her securely in one arm, keeping your hand under her bottom. Now, slowly and gently lower her into the water.
If your baby is going to be travelling in a car she must have an appropriate car seat for her age and one that is fitted properly. We show you how to fit a baby car seat. If your baby is going to travel in a car, by law she must have an appropriate car seat. For a newborn you'll need a group 0+ infant carrier (suitable from birth to when your baby weighs 13kg -- around 12-15 months) or a combination group 0/1 seat, which lasts from birth to 18kg (around age four). Baby car seats have evolved in recent years, with bolder designs and new features adding to their versatility. Many can now be attached to a compatible pushchair to create a travel system. Other seats lie flat so they double as carrycots.The priority with all car seats is safety, so check the seat will be secure in your car. 'Some manufacturers list compatible vehicles on their website; otherwise the shop assistant should be able to check,' says Caroline Cosgrove of nursery advisory service Baby Concierge. It's also crucial that you know how to install the seat, so ask for a demonstration. While standard car seats attach using the adult seat belt, ISOFIX models clip onto a base that plugs into the car's chassis, simplifying installation. Designed to eliminate incorrect (and hence dangerous) fitting, ISOFIX has been standard in all cars manufactured since 2006 but some older vehicles have it, too. Check in the manual if you're unsure.See the original video and more at:http://www.askamum.co.uk/Listen-and-watch/Search-Results/Video-tips/MB-TV-video-How-to-fit-a-baby-car-seat/
Mums and experts offer tips on what to eat, how to ensure you're getting a good variety of nutrients and that you're eating well throughout your pregnancy. Plus what not to eat lots of and which foods to avoid during pregnancy.Eating in pregnancy can be a minefield. We're constantly bombarded with info about all the things we can't eat. Or getting dodgy looks from the 'pregnancy police' if we dare to treat ourselves to that last jammy doughnut. You can't be perfect all the time, who'd want to be? But it is worth knowing about the foods that can actually benefit you and your baby. Oily fish (sardines, herring, pilchards, mackerel and fresh salmon) is a vital pregnancy superfood.Good old-fashioned water. Drinking plenty of water in pregnancy helps you produce amniotic fluid and the extra blood your body needs, and reduces the risk of urinary tract infections, water retention and constipation. According to Asthma UK, an apple a day in pregnancy halves the risk of your child developing asthma. Bananas are particularly power-packed, containing tryptophan, which promotes sleep, and potassium, which can help with fluid retention, restless legs and cramps. Milk is great to drink during pregnancy as calcium is essential for your baby's bone development.If you thought that nuts were off the menu in pregnancy, think again -- peanuts should be avoided, but nuts in general are fine unless you have a family history of asthma or allergies.A bowl of cereal is the perfect easy breakfast or snack, and is packed with nutrients that benefit your baby.Many pregnant women develop anaemia (iron deficiency), which can make you feel tired and unwell. Red meat is a great way of getting protein in your system.
Colic is a condition in which an otherwise healthy baby cries for prolonged periods for no apparent reason. We show you how to comfort a crying baby, especially if they are suffering from colic. Colic is a condition in which an otherwise healthy baby cries for prolonged periods for no apparent reason. Our mums and experts discuss how they comfort a crying baby, especially if they are suffering from colic.If your newborn is crying inconsolably, she may have colic. Here's how to soothe a colicky baby - and lower your stress levelsBefore you gave birth you probably prepared yourself for some grizzling. But more than one in five parents find themselves with a screaming, inconsolable baby: a child that no amount of feeding, playing with or nappy changes can soothe. Welcome to colic o'clock. Mothers who have survived a colicky baby describe it as everything from 'a living nightmare' to 'the biggest shock of my life'. So if you think you've entered this baby house of horrors, be reassured. 'No matter how wearing it gets -- and it does -- there are plenty of parents up and down the country feeling exactly the same as you,' says midwife Maureen Royds-Jones. 'But this phase won't last forever -- colic rarely carries on for longer than four months.' Just crying -- or is it colic? 'A baby with colic tends to cry or scream intensely, clench her fists and arch her back,' says Maureen. 'A good test is to gently straighten her back; if the crying subsides, she probably does have colic.' Colic is not an illness as such and a medical diagnosis doesn't exist. No one really knows for sure what causes it. 'Over the decades many different factors have been blamed,' says Siobhan Mulholland, author of Coping With Crying And Colic (£6.99, Vermilion).
Expressing your breast milk is a great way to give yourself a little freedom while making sure baby is getting the best nutrition. Our mums show you various methods and discuss which ones worked best for them. Many mums choose to express they breast milk as it can make life easier and you can be confident your baby can still have the benefits of breast milk even if you are away from her. Whether you're just out for a few hours, or have gone back to work, your baby can carry on enjoying your milk while someone else is caring for her. If you to be away from your baby for a long period of time, you will need to express your breast milk while you and your baby are apart. This is important as it will stop your breasts becoming too full and uncomfortable. Expressing breast milk can also be a great way to increase your overall milk supply. Expressing breast milk by hand is the cheapest way as you don't need to buy equipment. The trick of expressing breast milk by hand is to put pressure on the milk ducts behind your nipple, rather than squeezing the nipple itself. It's a useful knack to have and can help you to relieve your breasts if they're too full. Many breastfeeding mums find it easier to use a manual or electric pump. To use an electric pump, you put a suction cup over your breast, turn the machine on, and let it do the work. The electric breast pump will extract your milk, depositing it in an attached container. Manual pumps also use a suction cup, but you'll have to repeatedly squeeze a handle to extract your milk. It takes anywhere between 15 minutes and 45 minutes to pump both your breasts. You need to continually pump for as long as your milk is flowing well. Change breasts when the flow slows down, and pump each breast twice. See the original video and more at:http://www.askamum.co.uk/Listen-and-watch/Search-Results/Video-tips/MB-TV-video-Expressing-your-breast-milk/
Mother and Baby magazine's shopping editor Sarah Lafarge discusses the range of options for breastfeeding wear on the market and mums share which products they find most comfortable. Breastfeeding in public can be a cause for concern for many mums whether you are a seasoned breastfeeder or just starting out with your first baby. A way to help this process become more natural, it is worth looking into clothes specifically designed for breastfeeding. They have the added advantage of being designed to make breastfeeding more discreet and easy to do when you are out and about.Breastfeeding tops Clothes designed for breastfeeding are designed in a way to look like any other clothes you might have in your wardrobe. What they offer that your regular clothes do not are cleverly designed hidden panels, bias cuts and layering that allow quick access to your boobs and enable you to feed on the go discreetly and with ease. Breastfeeding clothes are easy to find today in many high street stores and the choices are wide allowing just about any mum to find a top they like. As with all clothes, always worth hunting around online as the choice is wider and you can even get some bargains! Points to consider Comfort - we all want to look stylish but if the clothes aren't comfy, forget it! Breastfeeding clothes should be soft and fitted, yet provide room for manoeuvre in all the right places. Most tops specifically designed for feeding are made from gentle fabrics and there are numerous organic options that are entirely chemical-free and therefore ideal for both you and your baby. Value for money - feeding clothes can be pricier than your average t-shirt or dress but they are usually thoughtfully designed and make a good investment - especially if it's your first baby. See the original video and more at:http://www.askamum.co.uk/Listen-and-watch/Search-Results/Video-tips/MB-TV-video-What-to-wear-when-breastfeeding/
Making up a bottle feed correctly is important for your baby's health. Our easy step-by-step guide should answer all your questions and give you that extra reassurance. As far as bonding goes, bottle-feeding mothers can revel in the same close contact as their breastfeeding friends. In many ways, you're actually better placed to give your baby 100% of your relaxed attention without any stresses over sore nipples, latching on or whether your newborn is taking on enough milk.So here's our no-nonsense guide to getting bottle feeding right for your baby. You will need:At least six bottles and 10 teats (teats have a habit of getting lost, and should be replaced regularly anyway).Formula powder. It can be an idea to practise making up a feed in advance, before your baby's screaming with hunger and you're all fingers and thumbs. - A clean, descaled kettle. 9 methods of safe bottle feedingBy midwife Janet Fyle1. The water must be actually boiling when it is mixed with the powder. Never mix cooled boiled water with the powdered formula as the powder itself is not sterile, so neither will the feed be. If you're away from home, take a flask of hot boiled water with you and mix while still hot. Ready-mix cartons are another option.2. If you're making up several feeds in advance, mix the milk with boiling water then cool down the mixed feed as fast as possible. Store in the fridge for no more than 24 hours. Never leave a feed standing around at room temperature.3. Always follow the manufacturer's instructions when mixing formula and use the scoop provided. Don't be tempted to add in extra powder -- it will alter the sodium balance of the feed and can dangerously overload your baby with salt. 4. Level off the top of each scoop of formula powder with a knife to make sure you're not overloading the feed. And never guess the amount.5. Never keep half-drunk feeds for re-heating later. Milk is likely to go off and give your baby an upset tummy.
Advice from mums and Mother & Baby magazine editor Kathryn Blundell on nappies and how to change your baby's nappy. Nappy changing is easier than it looks and the fact that your baby goes through around 12 nappies every day means you'll be an expert in no time. You never know, you might even start to enjoy it.ChecklistA changing mat -- to lie your baby on.A towel -- to cover the mat if it's cold.Warm water and cotton wool -- to clean his bottom.A flannel -- to dry his bottom.Barrier cream -- to stop him from developing nappy rash.A clean babygrow -- in case his dirty nappy has leaked.A bin with a lid or nappy sacks -- to dispose of his dirty nappy.Step 1Don't undress your baby completely to change his nappy -- just slip off the bottom of his babygrow and lift the rest of his clothes out of the way to stop them from getting wet or dirty.Step 2Open up your baby's dirty nappy, place a finger between his legs to stop them from rubbing together and lift them up by his ankles. Then remove his dirty nappy and fold it away out of his reach. Step 3Use damp cotton wool to clean up the poo in downward strokes away from his body. Make sure you clean under his testicles and penis and inside the creases of his legs. Step 4Use the flannel to gently pat his bottom dry and rub on a little barrier cream before putting his new nappy on.Step 5Unfold a clean nappy, lift up your baby's legs and slide it underneath his bottom, aligning the top with his waist. Then bring the front of the nappy up between his legs. Make sure you pull out the leg cuffs at the back to prevent leaking. Step 6Line up the tab and marker on each side of the nappy and press down gently. While your baby's nappy should be tightly fastened it should still be loose enough to let air in. A few things to remember• Make sure you've got everything you need before you get started -- never leave your baby alone when you're changing him.
Teaching your baby to sign can be a really lovely way to help them to communicate their needs to you before they are able to speak. It can also help them overcome the frustration that can accompany not being understood. Baby signing has become a popular way to help babies learn to communicate with you before they can talk.Baby signing teaches Baby sign language which is a form of pre-verbal communication. From as early as 6 to 9 months old, babies can begin to tell you what they want, what they are thinking about and how they feel. Learning baby sign can help you avoid having to 'guess' the cry! (Tired? Hungry? Hot? Cold? Damp nappy?) Signing babies can also tell you more advanced needs. For example, they can tell you that they have seen a 'duck' in the park or that they are excited that it is 'bath' time! Babies' control of their hands develops long before their control of their vocal chords and co-ordination of the movement of lips, tongue and teeth to make understood speech sounds as recognised words (often as late as 18 months). See the original video and more at:http://www.askamum.co.uk/Listen-and-watch/Search-Results/Video-tips/MB-TV-video-Teach-your-baby-to-sign/
Mothers of premature babies, midwives and experts discuss the experience of having a premature baby, the emotional impact, care and development. With this video you will discover that it is normal to feel overwhelmed and even depressed after the birth of a premature baby. Some mothers feel that they've had their pregnancy snatched away from them too early, which can cause resentment at the birth. However, there is no reason a premature baby cannot develop any differently from a full term baby and you can still provide them with a normal, healthy upbringing. Post birth hospital care will mean that you have all the support -- and information -- to make everything run just as smoothly as with a non-premature baby. You can feel reassured that however early or late you have your baby it isn't the most important thing - rather your focus needs to be about the end result where you get to take home a healthy, happy baby. You can see this video and more at askamum.co.uk: http://bit.ly/fSYbmj
Get advice from experts and mums like you on establishing a bed time routine , say goodbye to sleep deprivation and get your baby to sleep through the night. If you need to be in control then settle your baby into a routine and put a stop to the sleepless nightsSticking to a routine However you want to create your bedtime routine, make sure you do it in the same order each night and stick to it every night. You could start by having a short play before giving her a bath. After her bath, get her into her sleepsuit or pyjamas and read a story or sing a song (see Winding down time' below). Give her a last feed before or after her bath, but remember to brush her teeth. Lie her down in her cot in a darkened room just before she starts to fall asleep, so she learns to fall asleep by herself and doesn't drop off in your arms and awakes alone in a dark room. Don't feel you need to keep the whole house quiet - she'll find comfort from familiar sounds such as you moving around or the distant drone of the TV. An earlier bedtime If your baby is still wide awake when you're ready to settle down to dinner for two, then you can gradually start to bring her bedtime forward. The first night, put her to bed 15 minutes earlier. A few days later, bring it forward by another 15 minutes and so on until she's used to going to bed at a time which suits you. To make sure she's tired enough to sleep, don't let her nap after 3.30pm. Winding down time Older babies tend to need about half an hour to wind down and let off steam before bed. Spend time before bed quietly and avoid rough-and-tumble games, TV or videos which will get their minds racing or fun activities that will end in tears if they don't finish before the appointed time for bed. Instead, sing nursery rhymes, look at picture books, play soft music or read a story to calm her down.
The weaning stage is a very special developmental milestone for you and your baby. Get great advice and information on what to feed your baby at which stage, get to understand which texture is right for which stage and what not to feed your baby. MUM'S TOP WEANING TIPS'Because we were on such a tight budget I couldn't spend money on a baby chair as well as a high chair, so Jude spent his first couple of months having meals in his car seat. It was familiar and propped him up nicely until he was ready to sit up in his high chair.' Sally Denning, 26, from Sunderland, mum to Jude, 10 months.'Before I even tried giving Sasha her first spoonful of puree, I dabbed some food onto her high chair tray to play with. Just squishing and licking it meant the tastes were familiar when they came loaded on a spoon.' Victoria Banyard, 32, from Leeds, mum to Sasha, three.'Spending my spare time steaming, pureeing and freezing perfect baby-sized portions for George sent me mad. I quickly started giving him the same food as us, just putting aside his portion before seasoning ours.' Kirsty Atkins, 29, from Brighton, mum to George, four and Ella, 16 months.'My friend weaned her daughter on fruit purees then had a nightmare getting her to eat anything that wasn't sweet. I started Callum on veg so he was keener to take stronger, savoury flavours and didn't develop a sweet tooth.' Caroline Marlow, 42, from London, mum to Callum, three.YOUR ESSENTIAL WEANING KITThe weaning spoon: Small-bowled spoons limit spillages and soft, plastic coatings are kind to teeny tiny sore gums.The high chair: Choose one with a tray, so your baby can see and touch the food in front of her, or push her chair right up to the table for family meals.The hand blender: An electric hand-blender saves time and effort when pureeing.
Not all babies suffer from excessive wind in their tummies during a feed, but it is helpful to wind your baby and encourage them to burp. Guide to help you understand how and why you need to wind your baby1. Wind often occurs when your baby swallows air when feeding or gulps in air when crying. It can make her feel too full or uncomfortable.2. Signs of wind are your baby squirming or crying during a feed or looking pained when you put her down afterwards. 3. Breastfed babies are less prone to wind as they have more control over milk flow, unless she feeds quickly or your milk is fast flowing.4. To minimise wind, when bottle feeding keep your baby upright and tilt the bottle so that the milk completely covers the hole.5. If she's feeding well, don't stop to wind her because she might get upset and gulp in air as she cries. Wait for a natural break to try winding.6. Patting and rubbing your baby's back will help her bring up wind. Have a muslin square on hand in case she brings up milk, too.7. Some good positions to try when winding your baby are holding her over your shoulder, sitting her upright or laying her face down on your lap.8. If your baby doesn't burp within a few minutes she may not have wind. Some babies struggle to bring air up so persevere if she looks pained.9. If your baby is suffering with severe wind, your health visitor may suggest medication that will help ease your baby's discomfort.10. As your baby gets older she will get better at feeding and will settle into her most comfortable positions so wind is less of a problem.See original video and more at:http://www.askamum.co.uk/Listen-and-watch/Search-Results/Video-tips/MB-TV-video-How-to-wind-your-baby/
Problems getting started? Baby not latching on? Sore nipples. This 3 minute video guide from Mother & Baby TV offers advice from mums like you and experts on all aspects of breastfeeding. Real mums talk openly about getting started with breasfeeding, how to get your baby to latch on and the benefits for you and baby when breastfeeding.When you are breastfeeding you're passing on antibodies from your own immune system, giving your baby the maximum protection against respiratory infections, ear infections and tummy upsets. Containing around 400 nutrients, breastmilk provides the perfect balance of carbohydrates, fats and protein for your newborn.Tips to know your baby is latched on and breastfeeding correctly:Your baby's mouth is wide open. His lower lip is rolled back towards his chin. If you move it carefully aside, you can see his tongue visibly cupping your breast. His head is tipped slightly back. His chin is firmly on your breast but his nose is not touching (or only lightly touching) your breast. He makes short chopping sucks to start, which then change to deep regular sucks. There's an audible 'unk' sound as he swallows, usually every one to three jaw strokes.See the original video and more at http://www.askamum.co.uk/Listen-and-watch/Search-Results/Video-tips/MB-TV-video-How-to-breastfeed/
Having trouble getting baby to latch on to your breast? Get advice from mums like you and experts on the best ways to breastfeed your baby. Although many women find breastfeeding straightforward, there are some who have problems. But don't give up because there are ways of relieving them Sore, cracked nipples Your baby's frequent attempts at latching on, especially if she doesn't manage it properly first time at each feed, can make your nipples very sore and sometimes cracked and bleeding. But, uncomfortable as it may be, the best cure is actually to keep on feeding, but making sure your baby is correctly positioned at the breast. Engorgement When your milk first comes in, your breasts become very full and engorged. Engorgement can also occur later if you don't alternate breasts when feeding. Feeding your baby relieves the condition. Engorged breasts can flatten out your nipples, making it more difficult for your baby to latch on. If this is the case, express a little milk by hand before you feed her. Blocked ducts A blocked milk duct can sometimes cause a hard, tender red patch to appear on your breast. Make sure your bra is not too tight and feed your baby from the affected breast first, leaning forward slightly as this will help to empty the breast. Putting cold Savoy cabbage leaves from the fridge into your bra to the soothe your breast often helps. Standing in a warm shower and gently stroking a comb down the affected part of your breast may help to ease the blockage. Talk to your midwife, health visitor, GP or breastfeeding counsellor if there is no improvement within a couple of days. Mastitis This is usually caused by breastmilk collecting behind a blocked milk duct, although it can also be caused by an infection. Your breast will become hot and tender and you'll develop a high temperature and flu-like symptoms. If you have these symptoms, see your health visitor or midwife as soon as possible so you can start a course of antibiotics.