A new mother is someone just about to embark on a delightful and rewarding journey with her newborn baby. It is a time of discovering the wonders of motherhood and the joy of nurturing another life. But at this point of her life, there is much for her to learn about taking care of a newborn.
Importance of breast milk for the baby’s nutrition
Breast milk is very important as it has nutritional, developmental and immunological benefits for the baby. So a new mother should ensure that she can provide her baby with sufficient breast milk needed for full development. It is also an expression of deep love and care for the baby and a special moment of bonding for the mother and the infant.
Using a breast pump if necessary
There are instances where a mother may not always be able to directly breastfeed their babies due to reasons such as having to return to work, having trouble maintaining or increasing the milk supply, infant being born premature or sick and babies with special needs like cleft palates. In such instances, it is advisable to use a breast pump with which you can pump and store breast milk for later use. Hospital grade breast pump can help increase the supply of your breast milk. When using a breast pump it is necessary to clean the pieces thoroughly after each pumping to make sure that any harmful bacteria does not affect your milk.
Ensuring the baby’s safety and comfort
As a new parent, you need to keep an eye on the baby at all moment to ensure that the baby is protected. But since you have other tasks to take care of around the house, it is advisable to purchase a safe crib or bassinet for your baby to sleep in. It is more advisable to hire a hospital grade baby bassinet, which has clear Perspex sides and can be wheeled around the house. It will keep your baby safe and sound till you become used to motherhood. It is advisable to make sure that the baby is sleeping in the correct position to avoid disastrous results such as SIDs.
It is important for your baby’s health to bath him or her regularly for hygienic reasons. Baby’s clothes are to be washed and dried clean as well. This will keep away any skin infection and keep the baby happy and comfortable. When bathing the baby you should also be careful to support the baby’s head in the proper manner. And one should use reliable and safety ensured baby shampoo and other baby products.
It is suitable to ask for a midwife’s advice or a pediatrician’s advice when unknown situations present themselves. Babies are prone to illnesses so it is good to keep an eye out for any changes in the temperature of the baby.
Many things have to be considered by new mothers to ensure their babies are protected and healthy. So it is good to get the support of other family members to get through this challenging time.