The Best Guide to Bottle Feeding Your Baby Safely

This post will cover how parents, who have made an informed decision to bottle feed their baby, should safely prepare, store and feed formula. The information is extracted from a new Ontario resource, developed by Best Start. They refer to formula as "breast milk substitutes", but for convenience and understanding, I will continue to use the word formula to describe the substance we use to feed babies when they are not breastfed.

Bottle Feeding and Doing it Right! Breastfeeding is the ideal way to feed babies. It’s the way nature designed humans to feed our young. That being said, there are many reasons why babies may need to be fed differently. The reasons are endless, including medical, separation between mother and baby, mother’s choice and more. Instead of alienating mothers that have decided to bottle feed their babies for one reason or another, nurses and other healthcare providers should be inclusive of their teaching. That’s not usually the case in this day and age. Even though breastfeeding is not yet the...

How to Have The Happiest Postpartum Period

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Here are a few tips and tricks to have the happiest postpartum period! Many parents try to bite off more than they can chew in the beginning, and this can make the postpartum period hectic and unenjoyable. The key is to simplify! Postpartum: At the Hospital Try to have as few visitors as possible. People tend to hang around for too long and you will be in no mood to entertain them! You will be exhausted and sore and tired and sleepy and bleeding and just plain out of it! Plus, your baby and you need lots of skin-to-skin...

Question & Answer Session with a Labour and Delivery Nurse: Part 2

This post contains questions I get when working as a labour and delivery nurse. Do you have any that I haven’t covered? Feel free to contact me and I’ll include it in the next question and answer period. Does the Epidural Hurt? Well it’s hard to say, because pain is subjective. Depending on where you are in the labour process and how you usually respond to pain, it can be different for every woman. When you get the epidural, you get two needles. The first poke is for local anaesthesia, so that you’re numb before you get the actual...

Question & Answer Session with a Labour and Delivery Nurse

Becoming parents for the first time can be daunting. With so many unknowns, people are bound to have a lot of questions.  The number one aspect of my job as a labour and delivery nurse is to inform and educate new parents. In my work I have seen some similar themes in the questions they have, so I thought it would be helpful to go over them in the blog to spread the knowledge. What Does the Labour and Delivery Nurse Do Anyways? Most patients are surprised by how much nurses do. Women in labour are usually in hospital...

More About Breastfeeding in The Beginning

This post is a continuation of my last post about breastfeeding. We now know that breastfeeding is a natural process that most women are able to do with the right information. It is still helpful to know whether it is going well or not. First, make sure you are holding your baby skin-to-skin as much as you can. This will trigger your body to release hormones that help with milk let-down (the reflex that lets the milk flow) and milk production. While you are holding your baby skin to skin, it is easier to follow your baby’s hunger cues...