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Empathising with the experience of a newborn baby can give great insight into ways to help them. Interestingly most of the methods that are advocated in the fourth trimester are ones that parents will often do instinctively. In many cases however parents have been warned to not ‘spoil’ their baby or ‘make a rod for their own back’ by holding them too much. The simple fact is that it is impossible to spoil a baby or hold them too much! If your baby settles in your arms and you are happy to have them then hold them as long as you want!

via The Fourth Trimester – Why Newborns Hate Being Put Down | Sarah Ockwell-Smith

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“There are many small things that can add up to have a major impact on your postpartum experience. Thinking these things through ahead of time, talking them over with your partner, and sharing your wishes with family and friends can help create a network of support that allows you the time you need to bond with your new baby, feel confident in breastfeeding, recover from the birth, and settle into life as a new mother.”

via The First 72 Hours Postpartum – The Little Things Make All the Difference – Homegrown Babies: Childbirth Education, Birth Doulas, Postpartum Doulas

Excellent article on breastfeeding for new parents.

The Dangerous Game of the Feeding Interval Obsession

“infant deaths could be reduced by stepping up measures to support breastfeeding, including doing away with aggressive marketing of infant formula, especially in hospitals and by healthcare organizations. With hundreds of deaths per year attributable to infant formula, especially due to SIDS, we must eliminate conflicts of interest between formula companies and organizations dedicated to the health of children.”

Speaking Out on Safe Sleep: Evidence-Based Infant Sleep Recommendations.

 

There are so many ways that dads and other caregivers can bond with baby without giving a bottle!  These are a great start.

 50 Ways Dads Can Bond with Babies (Without Giving Them a Bottle) 

“infants born after implementation of delayed bathing had odds of exclusive breastfeeding 39% greater than infants born prior to the intervention.” 

Delaying the Bath and In-Hospital Breas – PubMed Mobile.

 

Amazing breastmilk!!

via AFP: Breast milk protein may reverse antibiotic resistance.

The science of breast milk: Latest research on nursing and milk vs. formula..

 

This is a great explanation of the differences between foremilk and hindmilk and how it changes.

via The funny-shaped woman: Foremilk and Hindmilk: In Quest of an Elusive Arbitrary Switch..

Make an educated decision!  Baby Formula – What Baby Formula Makers Wont Tell You About Formula.

 

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