5 best friends for new moms:-
Manual Breast pumps:
At times mothers may need an alternate solution to breast feeding. This may happen in cases like premature deliveries, working mothers, medical issues such as sore nipples mastitis, Breast engorgement.
But when buying breast pumps, do make sure that these pumps are BISPHENAL A(BPA)free so that they are safe. Also, if possible, choose Silicon Diaphragm for pain free expression of breast milk.
Anti-colic feeding bottles:-
No one knows for sure why colic occurs. Common theories suggest it may be caused by spasms as the digestive system learns to process food, excess wind from air swallowed whilst feeding, or lack of good bacteria in the gut or allergies to cow’s milk. Although we can’t be sure of the cause, fortunately colic is not a serious medical condition. Some feeding bottles are clinically proven to reduce colic. Research thoroughly and opt for those.
Electric Steam &Microwave Sterilizer are simple sterilizing units that can be safely used at home .
They are automatically controlled, free from chemical contamination and render feeding equipment micro-biologically safe for baby. If unopened, the sterilizers keep contents sterile for a minimum of 6 hours. Using sterile equipment to express and store, breast milk can be kept in the refrigerator (not in the door) for up to 24 hours or in the freezer for up to 3 months.
Steamer cum blender:-
Invest in a steamer cum blender to make life simpler. First steam fruit, vegetables, fish or meat and then simply lift and flip the jar over to blend it, with no transfer of food required.
The biggest advantage of this tool, other than convenience, is that it retains cooking liquids which keeps all the nutrients intact. Some steamer-blenders come with special recipe booklets developed by child nutrition specialists. You can choose to get one of those or simply experiment!
Electric bottle and baby food warmers:-
These provide you with a safe way to prepare your baby’s feed and warm it up when needed. However, you must ensure that there are no hot spots – milk must be heated uniformly so that it retains the nutritional qualities.
In addition to these wonder-tools, there are also problem solvers. For example, a lot of nursing mothers suffer from inverted or flat nipples, making it difficult to nurse their babies. If you are facing the same issue, you have the answer in a gentle suction based system called Niplette. Through gentle suction the Niplette pulls the nipple out into small plastic thimble like cup, and in a matter of weeks of continued wear, the nipple will stay permanently erect
Similarly if you are faced with the issue of breast engorgement, you can use breast shells that are now easily available. These shells help put gentle pressure on the breast to help overcome engorged breasts. And if you are suffering from sore or cracked nipples, you can try nipple protectors that allow the baby more contact with the breast, the baby can still feel and smell the mother’s skin and continue to stimulate milk supply whilst suckling, and will return easily to the breast once nipples are healed.
A more basic and common issue is that of leaking breasts for most lactating mothers. Some find it embarrassing while others find it plain uncomfortable. Thankfully, there is a simple solution to this problem – breast pads. They absorb excess milk from leaking breasts and keep you comfortable.
Technology is making it simpler for mothers to look after their babies. But what technology cannot replace is the warmth of a mother. So sit back and savor every moment of motherhood.
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