Feeding Sense

Feeding Sense 2017-08-28T21:40:22+00:00

Weaning Sense – My Journey

With my first baby, feeding was the most challenging part of my early parenting journey. I battled to breastfeed and persisted against the odds until 6 months, but not without many hours of tears and anxiety. Once solids were introduced, I shifted that anxiety to how much James would eat. It was only when our wonderful nanny took over mealtimes that James’ eating settled into a more pleasant experience. I realise looking back that the emotional energy I put into each meal was not good for our relationship or his [...]

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Returning to work

Whether it happens at 6 weeks, 6 months or 18 months, it is one of the hardest parts of being a new mom – the realisation you have to return to work in a few weeks.  Here are a few tips that may just help ease the pain: #1 Your baby’s emotions – When you return to work, your little one is likely to become a little clingier and may not sleep as well at night. Play peek-a-boo and hide and seek to help her learn that you still exist when [...]

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Is my baby getting enough milk?

One of the hardest parts of breastfeeding is not knowing if you are producing enough milk for your baby’s needs. It challenges your need for order and when your baby cries, will leave you wondering if she is hungry. Your breasts are amazing at producing enough milk for your baby as long as they get enough stimulation. Your baby will need to feed between 2 and 4 hourly, depending on her age, weight and whether she is drinking breast milk or formula milk. In the early days, it is necessary [...]

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Three feeding challenges and how to manage them

Feeding is one of the most emotive of all parenting tasks. Any mom of a fussy eater will tell you that this is a horrid challenge, at any age. In addition, research has shown that between sleep issues, colic and fussy feeding – the problem that has the most long-term consequences is fussy eating. Here are three of the more common feeding challenges: Breastfeeding While breast milk is the natural food for babies under 6 months of age, many a mom will tell you that breastfeeding itself does not necessarily [...]

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Teething

Teething involves the eruption of teeth from the gums – the actual appearance of a tooth. Your baby’s first tooth will most likely appear at around 7 months of age, although babies have been known to teeth as early as three months of age or as late as 14 months. Many babies start to suck furiously on their hands at around three months of age, leading parents to believe that a tooth is on the way. In fact, in most cases this is the not the reason for the furious [...]

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Meg Faure’s Monday Minute with Nuk: Parenting hacks

I am a mom to three very busy children! But I am also a busy person in general. Writing 5 books, starting a baby company and running parenting events on top of the demands of a busy family mean that at every point I appreciate shortcuts in parenting. Here are 5 things I could not have done without: Microwave sterilizer – The idea of boiling bottles and dummies or making up tubs of steriliser mixtures that need to be changed every few days got abandoned with my first [...]

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Meg Faure’s Monday Minute with Nuk: Preparing first foods

When you start to introduce first foods to your baby, you may find yourself overwhelmed with the process of producing small amounts of mushed food for each meal. The fact is that food you prepare at home is likely to be more nutritious than any jarred food and you know exactly what goes into it. So for all the mission to create those gourmet mushes, it really is the best you can do in terms of prepared baby food. Having said that, we are all busy moms and [...]

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Meg Faure’s Monday Minute with Nuk: Importance of non-nutritive sucking

Sucking is vital to meet nutritional needs. It allows your baby to feed but it also has another role – to calm a baby and provide pleasure. Babies are born with more touch receptors in their mouth, around their face and on their neck than anywhere else on their bodies. The sense of touch is the most developed at birth and even utero, we see foetuses sucking on their thumbs. Through pregnancy your baby learns to use her mouth to derive pleasure. We call this non-nutritive sucking. Non-nutritive [...]

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Feeding: Three feeding challenges and how to 
manage them

Feeding is one of the most emotive of all parenting tasks. Any mom of a fussy eater will tell you that this is a horrid challenge, at any age. In addition, research has shown that between sleep issues, colic and fussy feeding – the problem that has the most long-term consequences is fussy eating. Here are three of the more common feeding challenges: Breastfeeding While breast milk is the natural food for babies under 6 months of age, many a mom will tell you that breastfeeding itself does not necessarily [...]

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Pre -Winter immunity boost

In the first few months, your baby’s immune system is too immature to activate its own immunity. Luckily your baby was born with a natural immunity she inherited from you during pregnancy. In addition, colostrum – the milk your baby gets from the breast in the first three days of life - gives a high dose of antibodies. These antibodies create a passive immunity – in other words a gift from you to your baby. But it doesn’t last long – just a few weeks or months and then your [...]

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