Your Pregnancy After 35 : After Baby’s Birth (part 7) - Introducing Baby to Brothers and Sisters, Get Dad Involved, Feeding Your Baby

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Introducing Baby to Brothers and Sisters

When your older children come to the hospital to see you and meet the new baby, greet them with open arms (that means not holding the baby). If a younger child sees you holding the baby right away, he or she may feel displaced. Give your children, especially toddlers, lots of attention. It’s hard on kids to be displaced by a new baby, so your extra attention is welcome.

When you go home, let your children help with the new baby. Even a young child can get you a diaper or baby wipes.

Remind those who come to visit to recognize your older children before the baby. This helps the older child feel secure and provides him or her the opportunity to “show off” the new baby. If you have to let some household chores go for a while to provide your children with the attention they need, that’s OK.

Get Dad Involved

To help ease the transition, get your partner involved with older children. Try making these changes before the baby is born so they become part of your family routine. A few things dad can do to make older children feel special include the following.

Take over some chores, such as getting older children ready for bed or reading to them.

Create some special time together with the kids. Go to the library together on Saturday mornings, or cook dinner together one night a week.

Spend time together at home. Make one evening a “family” evening when you play games, listen to music or read together. No TV on these special nights!

Dad can help children learn to do chores. Even young children can help empty the trash or clear the table. When everyone works together, more work gets done faster. And it’s more fun, too!

Feeding Your Baby

You must decide if you want to breastfeed or bottlefeed. Even after you choose a method, you may have to make adjustments after your baby is born.

Early in life, most babies eat every 3 to 4 hours, although some babies feed as often as every 2 hours. It may help your baby get on a regular schedule if you time the feedings. Or let baby set the schedule; some babies need to feed more often than others.

Sometimes a baby needs to feed more often than she normally does. See how often your baby wants to feed and whether she is growing properly. A baby usually waits longer between feedings and feeds longer at each feeding as she grows older.

A baby is usually the best judge of how much to take at each feeding. Usually she will turn away from the nipple when she’s full.

At her 37-week visit, Lily wanted to talk about breastfeeding and bottlefeeding. With her first child, she had tried breastfeeding and had a miserable experience, giving up after 2 weeks. This time she planned to bottlefeed from the start and wanted to know if this was OK. Friends and family had been giving her a hard time about it. I reassured her bottlefeeding was fine and not to feel guilty. I told her breastfeeding wasn’t for everyone; it’s an individual decision. Lily left my office feeling better. Giving birth to, caring for and raising a baby requires making a lot of decisions. Some aren’t easy to make.

Breast milk contains all the nutrients a baby needs, and it’s easy for baby to digest. Breastfed babies have lower rates of infection because of the immunological content of breast milk. Breastfeeding can also give baby a sense of security and the mother a sense of self-esteem. However, if there are reasons you cannot or choose not to breastfeed, baby will do well if you bottlefeed her formula.

 
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