Mom of Six | Breastfeeding…the baby knows how, right?

A friend of mine who is a new mother called me and asked why breastfeeding was so hard.  She was ready to stop and it had only been a few weeks.  Her biggest complaint was that she felt totally unprepared.  But lets be honest, she was.  She did no research before having her baby.  She knew babies were born knowing how to suck and felt that was all she needed.  Take it from me you need more.  When I got pregnant with my first I was determined to breastfeed and give my child the healthiest food option.  Plus, let’s be honest.  Breastfeeding is FREE!!  I knew the prices of formula and cheepo me I didn’t want to pay it. I took classes and read books.  I thought I knew every position and every trick to keep the baby eating.  I was ready….or so I thought.  It never dawned on me that every baby and every situation is different.  I felt like I knew what I was doing but what was up with my baby!  Why wasn’t she getting it?  Silly me!  Sure babies can suck but they don’t know anything else like how to latch on or not to fall asleep while eating. I had to just stay relaxed and work with this sweet little baby who was in my mind starving!  It’s frustrating as hell and yes…it takes time (like weeks) for the baby to really “get it” but breastfeeding is one of the most rewarding gifts you can give your child…and yourself!

~Sheri

 

How long until your baby sleeps through the night?

One of the most frequent questions that my clients ask is, how long will it take before their baby will sleep through the night? Usually we give them an estimate on what to expect, somewhere between 12-16 weeks for a healthy baby when working with one of our highly trained night nannies. But really, so much depends on what the family does during the day in conjunction with what the night nanny is doing at night. If you truly want your baby to sleep at night, you have to make sure to feed your baby every three hours during the day and ensure they are gettting sufficient and regular naps. The more that your baby is able to eat in the day, the less that they will need to eat at night. The same goes for sleep, sleep begets sleep, so an overtired baby will not sleep well at night. A little work on the families part goes a long way to getting your baby sleeping through the night!

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Welcome to our new website and newborn/infant related blog.  We will be posting all kinds of helpful information here that will help you with your newborn, especially when you find yourself unsure of what to do next.  Please check back often as we will be constantly adding new content and information.  Also, please be sure to follow us on twitter at NNfN_Denver.

 

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