New parents just home from the hospital have a tough road ahead. The baby can wake up at any hour of the day or night and demand to be fed, which means that sleep time for parents is certainly at a premium! This means that not only do new parents have to grab plenty of rest when they can, but they also need to find feeding methods that work for both them and their new baby.
When in the hospital, many new mothers are told that breastfeeding is the only way to go. This is certainly sage advice given how nutritious breast milk actually is, but not every new mother can breastfeed. Sometimes the baby simply won’t latch on to the nipple, sometimes there is a problem with the quality or quantity of milk, and sometimes the mother is not in a position to breastfeed due to certain conditions.
Going On the Baby Bottle
Despite the pressure around breastfeeding a new baby, once the baby is home, everyone develops a sleeping and feeding routine that works. For mothers who have trouble expressing enough milk, or who cannot provide breast milk of adequate quantity or quality, it is important to make sure that the baby gets enough nutrition from other sources. For those mothers who can breastfeed, it is helpful to develop a routine that includes regular expression of milk into bottles.
For babies who are bottle fed, it is important that the right nipple is used. Low-quality nipples tend to produce bloating and colic in the baby, and may even induce regurgitation of milk. It used to be that all bottle nipples were the same, but nowadays it is possible to go to the baby section in the local department store and find plenty of options.
The Philips Avent teat is one example of the huge range of teats available on the shelves. When considering a new teat for your baby, here is what you should ideally be looking for in the product:
- Material: All good modern teats are made from hospital grade silicon that is soft, pliable, and easy to use. Teats from the past were made of a lower grade rubber and tended to stick and deform. Modern silicon teats don’t have this problem.
- Valves: Some of the best teats on the market features a special valve system so that there is one-way airflow into the bottle so that a vacuum is not formed. This allows the baby to feed at a rate that is controllable and cuts down on the formation of wind and colic.
- Speed: The best new teats are rated for different feeding speeds. For example, teats for newborns only allow small amounts of milk through the teat, whereas variable-flow teats are designed for older babies who can control the rate of flow themselves through pressure on the nipple with their mouths.
Teat Tips for New Parents
Whether you choose to breastfeed, express into bottles, or feed your baby quality formula, it is vital to make sure that the experience is good for the baby. This is why a great-quality silicon teat is essential. Once a good feeding routine has been created, it might be time for everyone to get some sleep!