Newborn and toddler feeding

Tiny newborns have different nutritional needs than older infants. And growing toddlers have different requirements, too. Read on for helpful feeding guidelines from the first day through the first few years. Newborn Feeding Baby nutrition should come from breast milk and/or formula only. Feed on demand, according to your baby’s hunger cues; the amounts shown are a guide. Don’t try to force your baby to finish a bottle when he is full. Newborn Feeding: Birth – 3 Months Breast Milk Every 2-3 hours (8-12 feedings per day), on demand. Formula Every 3-4 hours (6-8 feedings per day), on demand, about … Continue reading Newborn and toddler feeding

Kangaroo care

9 Benefits of Skin-to-Skin Contact While every mother has an unbreakable bond with her child, some parent-child relationships are stronger than others. And, as it turns out, 2 in 5 children grow up lacking secure attachment to their parents, according to a recent review of more than 100 studies and 14,000 children. These children are more likely to do poorly in school and suffer from depression than children who are securely attached to their parents. The easiest way to form a secure attachment from the get-go? Hold your newborn skin-to-skin, advises Susan M. Ludington, R.N., Ph.D., executive director of the United … Continue reading Kangaroo care

When to have sex if you want to get pregnant

When is the best time to have sex if we’re trying to conceive? Timing is everything. Sperm can live for three to five days, but the egg is around for only 12 to 24 hours. To increase the likelihood of conception, it’s important to have daily intercourse in the days leading to ovulation and on the day you ovulate. A good approach is to have sex one to two days before ovulation and again on the day you ovulate. That way, there’s more likely to be a healthy supply of sperm waiting in the fallopian tube when an egg is … Continue reading When to have sex if you want to get pregnant