Feeding your Baby

 

Breast Feeding
As mentioned in the Holy Quran, the normal nursing period should last two years of the baby’s life.

Mother's milk is the only complete source of nutrition for the baby an there is no equivalent or complete substitute. During the first few days after delivery, the mother's milk will generally be yellowish in color and will contain a high concentration of proteins, sugars and vitamins, in addition to chemicals that increase the newborn’s immunity.

Research shows that breast-fed babies do grow faster and healthier than formula-fed babies, and that breast-feeding has a positive psychological and emotional effect on both the mother and child and the bond between them. If you are able to breast-feed, it is highly recommended that you do not deprive your newborn such benefits. Throughout the period in which you nurse your child, you will notice that milk will occasionally leak from your nipples and soil your clothes. To protect your clothes we recommend that you use KiKO absorbing pads for the breast that highly contain any leaking droplets of milk.

We advise you to maintain a balanced diet and a moderate intake of fluids during the nursing period and that you avoid certain food groups such as onions and spices which may cause irritability to your child as they are passed on through the milk. We also suggest adequate physical, emotional and psychological rest for the nursing mother knowing that the quality of her milk may adversely affect her child if any of these factors are neglected.

Bottle Feeding
There may be circumstances when a mother can no longer breast-feed her baby and consequently has to resort to bottle feeding an infant milk formula that is recommended to her by a doctor. It is then that the feeding turns into an automated mechanical process, where there is no room for emotions, and babies will suckle the milk out of the container to their satisfaction using the growing jaw muscles. We advise you to avoid such a bond free scenario by holding on to your baby tightly, looking into the eyes, while hugging and talking throughout the process, every time.

During the first few days of your baby's life you will discover that the crying is usually a sign that the baby is hungry and you may notice a steady increase in the number of feeds. Keep in mind, however, that your baby has no understanding of meal times should be fed whenever hungry. Early on, babies will follow a pattern of milk consumption at fairly regular intervals, a pattern that varies from one child to another.

As a general rule, we recommend that you allow your baby to eat and sleep as much as required, and change baby’s nappy/clothes as soon as they are wet.

Read the instructions on feeding bottles and baby formula containers carefully if you are feeding your infant using a glass or a plastic bottle. It is very important that you follow recommended portions indicated on the labels as otherwise may make your baby sick. Always make sure that the bottle you give to your baby is clean and properly sterilized.

After your baby finishes feeding, carry them against your shoulder, giving a gentle shake and pat on the back until they burps; however, do not be concerned if baby does not burp. Lay your baby on the side after feedings.

Nursing Bottles
Your baby treasures the nursing bottle in a way that an adult can never understand; what we consider to be not more than a glass/plastic container is in fact a dear reminder and a substitute of a mother’s breast. We are fully aware of the moments of intimacy that the mother shares with her baby at feeding times, and the KiKO nursing bottles are designed to ensure that the process is made easy and smooth for both mother and child, bringing it closest to natural breast-feeding.

The improvement of the nursing bottle undergoes constant research and development, and KiKO is proud to bring the best nursing bottles and nipples that the latest studies have come up with. All KiKO bottles have a very smooth inner surface aiming to prevent the formation of milk deposits which in turn may cause the growth of bacteria. A new KiKO bottle was also introduced with a narrower cross-section at the top so that all the milk flows smoothly towards the nipple; the cup-like lid prevents the contamination of the nipple when in contact with air.

All KiKO nursing bottles can be sterilized. All KiKO plastic bottles are BPA free – (Bisphenol A)

Bottles are designed to prevent stomach upset and gripes. Moreover, the nipple design controls free milk flow and disallows your baby to swallow air bubbles along with the milk, therefore preventing hiccups and teaching the baby to suckle appropriately.

The KiKO team hopes you find this pregnancy handbook useful during your months of pregnancy and beyond. Always remember to pay extra attention to yourself; you have the gift of life.. We wish you a smooth sailing pregnancy, a safe delivery and a healthy baby!

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