Breastfeeding and bottle feeding your baby
Get tips on how to breastfeed and bottle feed and learn how good hand hygiene can help you in keeping you and your baby healthy
While breastfeeding, good hygiene should be your top priority. Irrespective of how impatient your little one is for a feed, good hygiene is the key to safeguarding them for various illnesses. Read the below mentioned QnA and know tips and advice on healthy breast and bottle feeding.
Is breast feeding the best option?
Breastfeeding – or lactation – provides your baby with the most natural food. Breast milk is rich in nutrients and antibodies that your baby needs to grow, fight diseases and infection in their early stages of life as their immune system is still developing. Practicing proper hygiene before every feed, will ensure that only the goodness of breast milk is being passed on and no harmful germs.
What can I eat when breastfeeding?
You need to remember that you are eating for two people while breastfeeding. If you eat less, you won’t be able to produce enough milk, which will result in your baby being hungry. As a general rule, you don’t have to eat anything out of the ordinary during breastfeeding, just ensure that whatever you eat offers a healthy balanced diet. This includes:
- Foods rich in starch (e.g bread and rice). Choose wholegrain varieties.
- Vegetables and fruits
- Eat little protein, like lean meat, pulses or eggs. Consume at least two portions of fish a week, which includes oily fish like salmon.
- Consume little low-fat dairy food, such as yogurt or a glass of milk
Make sure that your diet contains enough calcium iron and calcium. If you can, consume primarily unsaturated fats and foods that has vitamin B9 (folic acid).
What should I avoid?
To make sure that your baby has a healthy start in life, beware of the following substances:
- Alcohol passes through milk within one hour of consumption. So, if you fancy that glass of wine, its advised that you wait till you are done feeding
- Nicotine passes through breast milk. It is highly advised that you stop smoking during breast feeding but if that cannot be done, maintain an hour’s gap between smoking and your next feed
- Avoid products that contain iodine like antibiotics and chemical laxatives. If you are skeptical, check with your family doctor.
How do I improve hygiene during breastfeeding?
Maintaining good hygiene during feeding is really important to avoid soreness and infection to your nipples. It is also important for your baby as it safeguards them from sickness and diarrhea.
Follow these below mentioned tips:
- Wash your hands using Dettol Hand Wash before breastfeeding
- Keep your nipples clean in the regular way whenever you take bath or shower
- In case you are using nipple shields, replace them as soon as they become soiled or damp
- Let air get to your nipples as much as possible
- If expressing milk, make sure that the breast pump and bottles are clean and sterilized before and after use
Tips for bottle feeding and baby bottle hygiene
Irrespective if you’re expressing milk or making up formula milk, there are certain things you need to remember in order to protect your baby from sickness and diarrhea.
- Wash your hands using Dettol Hand Wash before bottle feeding or preparing feed.
- Baby bottle and teats can breed harmful bacteria. Make sure they’re washed using hot soapy water and a bottlebrush before sterilizing.
- Boil fresh tap water and let it cool for not more than 30 minutes before you add the formula
- Expressed breast milk and prepared formula milk can be kept in sterilized bottles in the fridge for up to 24 hours, after which it has to be discarded.
- Your baby will need feeding day and night to start with, so be ready to breastfeed and bottle feed round the clock.