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The First time mom’s guide in taking a big leap towards motherhood

Congratulations on the arrival of your little one! Now you think to yourself...what’s next? What’s the first thing I have to do? Here are some basic tips that will help you breeze through this wonderful journey with your newfound pride and joy!

From Being Just Me to Having a Little One

The transition from non-parent to being a parent is a huge one. After all the pushing and panting and worrying – now, you begin to realize there’s someone beside you who is so fragile and beautiful, who needs you to be there 24/7. It is important to acknowledge that you are new to this thing and that you can get support from your husband, mother, sister, friends and the ever reliable house help. It is important to recognize that you can never be a perfect mother, it will take some time for you to grow into your new role and to tell yourself that you can learn to become one as soon as you start to be familiar with your new baby and his/her needs. In a few days or even weeks, you will be able to establish your routine in giving tender loving care to your precious baby.




Real Mom Tips

It is okay to pick up your baby when they cry

Babies cry for so many reasons. They maybe hungry, or they may feel some discomfort due to wetness or they simply need to be held. Babies oftentimes need to feel their mother and/or their father’s presence to feel secure. A touch or even the sound of your voice can already be reassuring to your new family member.

Establish bedtime with your little one

This is good especially during the early months so that you and your baby can get used to the routine and avoid late night stay ups. If you enjoy music – play the lullaby or you may even sing your owntune as your baby starts to fall asleep (hum softly my dear). It is suggested by experts that you put them down while they are half asleep so they can learn how to drift to sleep. It is okay to accustom them to the regular noise around the room so they can sleep with normal background noise.

My Baby and Others

Your baby might be at the centre of your attention right now, but be mindful that the Dad and the other big kids have needs too. Spend time to laugh, listen and have quality conversations with otherfamily members even for just a few minutes. Encourage other visitors to also pay attention to the big kids (Ate and Kuya) whenever they come. They must never feel neglected because of the new added member in the family. Lastly, have some time for yourself too by asking other family members to give you some “time out” moments each day. In this way, you can also reconnect with yourself, may it be by taking a long, warm bath, stretching or praying.

Cherish your love affair

Enjoy and seize every moment. Take photos, do a memorabilia of your baby and family. Make sure you update your digital album each month. Another thing you can do is start a blog that will allow you to share your parenting challenges and triumphs or just to share your raves about your new bundle of joy.

Right Start

Start it right by trusting your baby’s health to your paediatrician. Regular checkups, scheduled vaccines and milestone development grading are the important tools to see if your baby is growing up healthy. Moms like to give utmost care for their babies when it comes to their nutrition, hygiene and growth.

The Breastfeeding Experience

New moms always want to give the best nutrition that they can provide to their newborns. Breast milk is the golden standard in providing the essential nutrients that they need for in their rapid development. It also promotes mother and infant bonding because when the mother starts to hold the child, the warmth and connection are beginning to establish. New babies nurse every two hours, make sure to offer both breasts at each feeding. Try to get professional advice such as a lactation expert to guide you on the technique or you may visit various breastfeeding websites for breastfeeding tips and tricks for further information.



CYCLES Disclaimer: Content provided on this site is for educational purposes only. We do not claim to be experts; this should not be taken as a medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Content on this site is not a substitute for professional medical or health care advice. Always seek the advice of your health care provider with any concerns regarding your health needs or conditions. Reliance on information is presented at your own risk.



Mommy Tips

Breastfeeding Tips for Working Moms

We know breastfeeding is best for babies. Breast milk provides babies with the essential nutrients not available in any other food, not even in infant formula. But in this busy modern day era, how can working moms keep up?

Tip # 1: You can keep up your milk supply by using a high-quality breast pump to express milk during the workday.

Pumping stimulates your milk production, so you’ll have plenty of milk available when you nurse your baby.

Tip # 2: Store breast milk in a refrigerator or a small cooler to keep the milk cold until you get home.

If your fridge stays at less than 4ºC the milk is safe for up to five days. If you’re not sure of the temperature or it is higher, it is best to use it within 3 days. Otherwise it should be stored in the freezer.

Frozen breast milk should be thawed slowly in the fridge or at room temperature and should not be refrozen. It is best to have a fridge or freezer solely for stored breast milk, to avoid opening of the cooler so many times.

Tip # 3: Prepare and practice!

It’s a good idea to get used to pumping a week or two before returning to work so you’ll know what to expect and how it feels.

Drink plenty of water/liquids to keep hydrated. This also helps, for faster milk production.

Tip # 4: Be consistent.

To maximize milk supply, have a fixed extraction schedule, ideally with consistent time intervals.

Tip # 5: Relax! Stress can certainly slow the flow.

Some studies show that physical and mental stress can slow the release of oxytocin, a hormone released into your bloodstream when you nurse. If you’re producing less milk because oxytocin is in short supply, relaxation is key.

If only little milk comes out, try applying warm compress around your breast to help release milk.

Tip # 6: You are what you eat. In this case, your baby absorbs the nutrients you ingest. So be conscious of your diet.

Eat a balanced diet low in animal fats and high-fat dairy products.

Avoid fish that may have high mercury levels, such as swordfish, shark, and mackerel.

Eat organically grown food, if available.

Tip # 7: Personal hygiene is very important. Before you start extraction, make sure you thoroughly cleanse breast and areola areas.

This will help prevent the transmittal of unwanted bacteria in your baby’s milk. Moreover, this can also help prolong the shelf life of breast milk. When breast milk is contaminated, faster spoilage / shorter shelf life is a possibility.

Tip #8: Avoid feeding your babies with toxic chemicals. When you wash baby bottles, breast pumps and other feeding accessories with regular dishwashing liquids, a high amount of toxic residue can also remain in your baby’s stuff. Hence, it is better to clean baby bottles, breast pump parts, and other baby accessories that may come in contact with your baby’s mouth with a non-toxic and natural cleanser.

Try using Cradle baby bottle and nipple cleanser. It’s made from natural and edible ingredients so you’re sure your baby is safe from ingesting harsh chemicals.

References

  • - Baby Center, www.babycenter.com
  • - Healthy Milk, Healthy Baby.” National Resources Defense Council, www.nrdc.org/breastmilk
  • - National Childbirth Trust, www.nct.org.u k