New Baby Tips: Counting Diapers

Perhaps you’ve been told to count your baby’s diapers to make certain he is getting enough milk. The general rule in the first week is 1 diaper per day of life. How is a new mom supposed to remember that?

Here is a way to label your diapers for the first week to help you keep track. As you go through your stack, the number and letter combo will let you know if your baby is on target or ahead on soiling.

Here are diapers labeled for the first 5 days. If you are on day 3 and diaper 3A or further in the stack, your baby is taking in adequate milk. If your baby is not on target, call your LC for help.

Here are diapers labeled for the first 5 days. If you are on day 3 and diaper 3A or further in the stack, your baby is taking in adequate milk. If your baby is not on target, call your LC for help.

Diapers 1A-3C should accompany you to the hospital or birth center to help you keep track.

Diapers 1A-3C should accompany you to the hospital or birth center to help you keep track.

Diapers 4A-5E are the hardest to remember because mom and baby are so busy feeding and changing frequently.

Diapers 4A-5E are the hardest to remember because mom and baby are so busy feeding and changing frequently.

Advertisements

Syringe and Cup Feeding

Bottles may be the most common way we see babies fed, but aren’t the only way to feed a baby off the breast. Some mothers want to avoid bottle preference or choose an alternate feeding method to help the baby get back to the breast. Please visit this article on proper techniques for bottle feeding human milk.

Syringe feeding is often employed by families whose babies need short term supplementation while they develop breastfeeding skills. Syringe feeding is sometimes done in tandem with oral exercises under the supervision of an LC, SLP, pediatrician, or other specialist. Oasis Lactation Services prefers curved tipped periodontal syringes for this feeding method. Theses syringes are generally sold in 10-12 cc volume, which is about 1/3 ounce.  It is important to know if the syringes you are using are precision measured or an estimate.

syringe

General Guidelines for Syringe Feeding Your Baby

  1. Fill syringe with expressed breast milk (or formula if supplementation is required).
  2. Sit baby upright on your lap with baby’s head supported, at a 45 degree angle or taller. Baby should not be flat on back.
  3. Stroke baby’s face to stimulate gape response. Gently drag finger down from tip of baby’s nose to the chin. When baby opens wide, offer finger to suck, pad side up.
  4. Once baby begins to suck, introduce syringe to the corner of the mouth. Point the tip of the syringe into the cheek. The tip is rigid. Do not allow the tip of the syringe to touch the gums.
  5. Responsively depress plunger as baby is sucking on finger. The baby is only able to swallow small amounts. The baby needs time between pulses of milk to coordinate breathing. One pulse of milk should be followed by a swallow and two or three sucks.

Cup feeding for supplementation off the breast may be a good choice for several reasons. Cups are easy to sterilize unlike rubber nipples. Cup technology is available around the world in all cultures. Cup feeding teaches baby oral skills that he will use for a lifetime. Babies who are cup feeding learn tongue extension, which is a useful skill for drawing the breast deep into the mouth to nurse.

General Guidelines for Cup Feeding Your Baby

  1. Sit baby upright on your lap with baby’s head supported, at a 45 degree angle or taller. Baby should not be flat on back.
  2. Use a small medicine cup or shot glass.
  3. Place the edge of the cup gently on baby’s lower lip.
  4. Bring the liquid to baby’s lower lip so baby will lap it up like a cat drinking milk from a bowl. Do not pour the liquid in baby’s mouth
  5. It is important to maintain the level of the liquid as best as possible so baby can continually lap it up.
  6. Go slowly as the two of you learn how to do this. Eventually, this can become a very fast and efficient way of feeding until baby learns to take the breast, and this is a good method to use to avoid artificial nipples and teats. This method also encourages tongue extension which is helpful training for babies who have had tongue tie revision or therapy for shallow latching.

See Us in Pregnancy and Newborn Magazine!

The August 2013 issue of Pregnancy and Newborn Magazine features an article about common breastfeeding myths and was written by OLS owner Danielle Downs Spradlin. Some of the myths the article explores include myths about maternal diet, medications for nursing mothers, and alcohol consumption while nursing.

Check out the full article by clicking here!

 

Our favorite excerpt is on beer and milk supply:

Myth: Drinking a beer daily improves milk supply.

Where it comes from: Fermented nutrition beers for pregnant and lactating women are described throughout historic documents from ancient Egypt to more recent times. Drinks called “small beers” were regularly recommended for women and children as well and had low alcohol content. These fermented drinks were low in foodborne illness (because of alcohol fermentation) and high in nutrients because of the grains they were made from. Brewing wines and beers has been of great cultural significance for all of written history.

What science says: Alcohol inhibits milk production. Alcohol may impact the flavor of human milk and cause babies to nurse less, leaving mom with fuller breasts and thus believing she is making more milk. Alcohol also slows the milk ejection reflex. However, animal studies have shown that some of the compounds in certain grains may improve the blood level of prolactin, the hormone responsible for milk production. If these compounds have the same effect on human milk production, eating nutritiously prepared whole grains is probably more ideal.

%d bloggers like this: