Coming home with a new baby is a very exciting time, but it can also be extremely overwhelming. And especially for new moms, who are “new” to everything concerning baby care while dealing with their own body changes after long nine months of pregnancy. There’s no manual that is a perfect fit for every parent, though there are endless parenting books and blogs to choose from. When it comes to baby’s nutrition, what is a new mom to do? Stick to the basics to make sure your baby is getting the nutrients he/she needs.
1. Breast Really Is The Best
Breast milk is formulated by your body to be the baby’s perfect first food. That doesn’t mean breastfeeding always comes naturally. But it should inspire you to work on making breastfeeding a priority for as long as you can, minimum the first six months. Take the time to do some research before baby arrives and seek help from a doula or a lactation consultant right away if you are having trouble breastfeeding. Studies show that the sooner an issue with breastfeeding is resolved, the more successful a long-term nursing relationship will be. Check out these Ten Valuable Tips for Successful Breastfeeding.
While you are nursing, make eating a balanced diet with plenty of healthy fats your priority. Breastfeeding is dependent on mom’s health and stamina. If you are feeling constantly drained and not putting healthy nutrients back into your own body, you might quickly start to resent breastfeeding.
2. A Little Vitamin D Goes A Long Way
Grandma wasn’t wrong when she insisted that baby needed to get outside for a walk every day. Vitamin D (found in sunlight) is an essential natural supplements to your baby’s diet, and small daily exposure to sunlight is very beneficial. Although most baby formulas are supplemented with Vitamin D, the answer for breastfeeding moms is even easier. Get out for twenty to thirty minutes a day and enjoy a short walk or visit to the park. However, make sure that you expose your baby to the sun during off-peak hours, that is from about 8am till 11am and then after 4pm. Also, limit sun-time to about 30 minutes a day, unless your baby has a jaundice, and your pediatrician recommends two daily doses. Your pediatrician may also recommend Vitamin D drops as part of your baby’s well-care if you live in an environment with insufficient sun light.
3. It’s Ok To Question Everything
As a mom, it is your job to question the safety of everything your baby consumes. That sense is especially heightened in the first few weeks of her life. It’s normal to wonder why formula companies might be pushing their product on you even during the first few weeks while you are trying to establish breastfeeding. When it comes to baby formula and baby supplements, you may find ingredients you have not seen before, and naturally, question their safety. For example, magnesium stearate, which is a common ingredient in baby formula, and is perfectly safe. Questioning everything what is going into and on your baby’s body is perfectly normal, and finding reliable answers has become very easy these days.
Overall, there are tons of different things that you can do to help keep your baby healthy and strong. Just take the time to do your research and find the most helpful and beneficial nutrients for your child. It really is amazing how much what you put in your baby’s body can help her grow.