Breastfeeding your child is one of the most important gifts you can give as a mother, even if you face troubles along the way and can't continue feeding, or decided to move on to formulas the benefits your baby will receive from the colostum you express in the first few days of her life will have effects which last throughout her life time. Whether you have questions about breast feeding, preparing your body to feed, bottle feeding, infant allergies, paternal feeding, expressing milk or weaning, here at Perfect Start we have the qualified staff in house ready to help you through your journey.
In our opinion if of course you choose to go down the spoon feeding route there is a huge difference between the quality of home cooked and jar bought baby food: Home cooked foods will help develop your child's taste preferences early, helping your baby to adjust to life within your family home. Home cooked baby foods are really fantastic –they are generally much less sweet and salty than shop-bought foods and will never contain anything you don't want them to. From simple mashed up sweet potato through to a blended shepherd's pie, your baby will love your healthy cooking from a young age.
Many mums worry when cooking their own foods that baby wont be getting the right balance of nutrients however this is something that need not be worried about at this stage . First off during very early weaning the lion share of your babies nutrition will still come from milk, during the first few weeks, weaning is much more about discovering tastes, textures and improve hand eye co-ordination. Secondly and quite important to remember is that Infants and young children under the age of five need a slightly different balance of nutrients from you or your partner. Your child is most likely to be fully satiated in all her needs by your balanced, home cooked meals. If you are worried you can consider taking a class with our nutritionist who will explain infant nutrition and the do's and don'ts of feeding your growing baby.
There are so many wonderful ingredients in breast milk which simply can't be reproduced in a laboratory. These ingredients can help to develop the immune system of your baby and stimulate her brain development as well as her digestive system. The effects of breast feeding are not restricted to the first few months of your child's life; they can extend into her life as an adult too: breast-fed babies are known to have a reduced risk of asthma, allergies, obesity and a lower incidence of childhood cancers. Feeding your baby releases hormones that can help reduce the amount of bleeding after birth and is also known to reduce your risk of premenopausal breast cancer.
Thinking about breastfeeding your child early is always the best strategy. Stick to one source of advice, be it from an experienced friend or a lactation consultant – this will help you avoid getting a muddled message. Breastfeeding is personal thing and everyone will have an opinion. Most problems that lead to the cessation of infant feeding are related to improper latching where the baby has not enough nipple in her mouth. Learning about latching your child and experimenting with different positions before they arrive can help reduce nerves when you're first starting out, and will help you to avoid latching issues which can result in painful problems such as engorgement. avoiding bottle feeding your baby certainly in the first 6 weeks is another way new mums can help prevent problems for themselves and for their babies.
There is a standard checklist of things to look for to help identify when a child is ready for their first solid food. Government guidelines dictate that this should be no earlier than 6 months but not more than a few weeks over as by the time children reach 6 months breast milk alone is unable to supply sufficient nutrients such as iron. Some children can be ready as early as 4 months to begin the process of weaning. There are two types of weaning the traditional spoon method and the baby led method which in recent resarch has been shown to help reduce risk of eating disorders and metabolic syndorme in the childs later life.