The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends “exclusive breastfeeding for about six months, followed by continued breastfeeding as complementary foods are introduced, with continuation of breastfeeding for one year or longer as mutually desired by mother and infant.” There are times when mothers are not able to directly breastfeed their infants. This can be by choice, separation of mom and infant or medical needs of either mom or infant. Some mothers will then choose to pump their milk to provide to their baby. It is the next best way for babies to get their nutrition.
Here are some tips for pumping for your baby:
Ah…sleep. It seems so precious and limited when babies are young. New parents quickly learn not to take a good nights’ sleep for granted. When should breastfed babies be expected to sleep throughout the night?
Sleep is a work in progress during the first year of a baby’s life. There is no easy answer.
The First Month
In the first few weeks after birth, babies almost always fall asleep at the end of nursing. Their tummies are full, they just worked for their meal by actively nursing, and they are warm and cozy in mom’s arms. Who wouldn’t take a snooze after this?
First, a big congrats to all moms and families who have breastfed or provided breastmilk to their infants during the first 6 months after birth! We all know it’s not easy!
So, what’s next on the infant menu? What are the best first solids? Should parents expect the baby to nurse less often after starting solids?