Deep cleaning the house prior to the coming of a new baby is a terrific way to guarantee everything is clean and well ready.

A recent analysis by scientists has demonstrated that the nesting instinct is a consequence of substances forcing expectant mothers to safeguard and prepare for their new infant by being in charge of the environment . Pregnancy is an exciting moment for growing families, and since the countdown starts, get your distance prepared by checking these straightforward and significant cleaning hints.

10 top tips for preparing your home for a newborn

10 top tips for preparing your home for a newborn
Leave your shoes at the front Doorway.

With guests seeing, dirt frequently gets trodden to the home. In addition to earning a great deal of germs and germs, it also does not help with maintaining the house clean. Asking people to leave their shoes at the door will guarantee your floors are safeguarded and germs are left outdoors.

10 top tips for preparing your home for a newborn
Open the windows.

Maintaining your space well ventilated can help improve the air quality that is particularly significant with a new baby about. While your home may appear clean, the atmosphere might not feel refreshing until atmosphere from exterior has been circulating throughout it. Opening bedroom windows in the daytime can help ventilate and refreshen the distance.

10 top tips for preparing your home for a newborn
Employing a steam cleaner.

Using a thorough deep clean is a excellent way to eliminate bad germs that can not be eliminated with conventional supermarket and sprays. They also use dangerous chemicals that may damage sensitive skin, while also being harmful to breathe. Unlike routine cleansers, a steam cleaner provides profound results that you won't attain.

10 top tips for preparing your home for a newborn
Make Certain You wear gloves.

Wearing gloves when cleaning can help to shield your hands from irritation and compounds found in products. Pregnancy may cause or worsen skin that is sensitive, therefore it is important that you take more attention, especially with a baby on the way.

10 top tips for preparing your home for a newborn
Do Not move furniture.

Pregnancy hormones may soften tendons and ligaments, which makes you more vulnerable to accidents. Stay away from moving large pieces of furniture and rather ask somebody for assistance.

10 top tips for preparing your home for a newborn
Eliminate dust from the Home.

Keeping along with this dust in your house is a fantastic habit to get into. Dust and allergies proceed awry, therefore it is necessary to maintain the house as clean as you can throughout your pregnancy. A lengthier duster is going to aid you to get into these hard-to-reach corners, even though a little cloth is ideal for keeping surfaces.

10 top tips for preparing your home for a newborn
Ditch the litter tray.

Cat faeces can be harmful in a pregnancy so try to avoid doing the litter duty. Passing this task on to someone else will ensure you also don't need to crouch down, which could be uncomfortable especially in the latter stages of your pregnancy.

10 top tips for preparing your home for a newborn
Try not to Achieve high up.

Backache is not uncommon during pregnancy, therefore try to prevent anything which could place you in a position of causing further pain. Extension sticks for cleaning clogs or windows are excellent to get your hands clean and on those corners.

10 top tips for preparing your home for a newborn
Take a Look at your furniture.

Gaps in couches and chairs frequently accumulate unwanted dirt and germs. It is very good to get into a habit of cleaning from the openings to minimise dirt in the house. Utilizing a more compact vacuum cleaner can help suction out dust and grime hiding in the cracks of this couch. Best top: assess before to make certain you don't vacuum up some bigger things that could get trapped inside the pipe.

10 top tips for preparing your home for a newborn
Don't Forget to Assign.

Get family and friends that will assist you tidy up the house prepared for the birth of your baby. Delegating to other people will provide you the chance to rest, while also making sure that the tasks in your home do it.

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Get the fundamentals set up.

In fact you do not have to do a lot of around the house to ensure it is safe for the newborn infant. After all it is likely to be a long time before they are crawling around! And be certain that the baby's space is organized. Your freezer is going to be a life-saver when your baby comes. Make sure it's well stocked with yummy, home-cooked food at the same time you've got the opportunity. Prepare some casseroles or any other healthy, filling foods which it is simple to defrost, heat and consume. You will thank yourself for this following a hectic day searching after your infant!

Do not forget the car seat!

Most physicians will not release your infant if you don't have an automobile seat. So be sure that you purchase one beforehand -- which you and your spouse understand how to match it. Recall to unwind! If your mum arrives to stay, let's make a fuss of you. And abandon the sanity for her along with your spouse. An infinite stream of excited people could be overwhelming to you and your toddler, so perhaps indicate a few folks wait a week or so prior to popping around. Meanwhile, catch as much rest as possible and love getting to know your infant!

Your Breastfeeding Journey: Months 1 - 3

Congratulations on making it through the first month with your new baby! As you move into months 1 - 3 of your breastfeeding journey, you may find renewed concerns or questions about milk supply, feeding with a bottle, or returning to work or school.

This post is the second in our breastfeeding series and in it, we address common questions the consultants at Breastfeeding Hawaii are asked about what to expect during months 1 - 3.

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Congratulations on making it through the first month with your new baby! As you move into months 1 - 3 of your breastfeeding journey, you may find renewed concerns or questions about milk supply, feeding with a bottle, or returning to work or school.

This post is the second in our breastfeeding series and in it, we address common questions the consultants at Breastfeeding Hawaii are asked about what to expect during months 1 - 3.

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Congratulations on making it through the first month with your new baby! As you move into months 1 - 3 of your breastfeeding journey, you may find renewed concerns or questions about milk supply, feeding with a bottle, or returning to work or school.

This post is the second in our breastfeeding series and in it, we address common questions the consultants at Breastfeeding Hawaii are asked about what to expect during months 1 - 3.

For some moms, breastfeeding becomes well established by one month of age, with mom and baby nursing well, perhaps sometimes pumping and giving a bottle of breast milk. Some moms may be working with breastfeeding support persons to get baby latched well, back to the breast and/or to establish or regulate their milk supply. Some moms may be exclusively pumping, while some moms may be supplementing breastfeeding with formula. Some moms may be headed back to work and/or school soon and wondering how to build up a milk stash.

Whatever stage you're in, we got you covered below! 

How much milk is “enough” milk?

On average babies eat between 2.5-3 times their birth weight in breast milk, every day, through 6 months of life. That means an 8 pound baby eats on average 20-24 total ounces of breast milk a day, or between 2-3 oz per meal depending on how often they feed. Babies eating formula eat on average 50% more formula than breast milk.

When is the best time to introduce a bottle?

Introduce a bottle when your baby is 4-6 weeks old if you plan on needing to use it at a time when you will be away from the baby.  It is best to have another person e.g., your partner,  give the bottle.

When do you recommend introducing a pacifier? What kind should I buy? 

It is best to wait until the baby is easily breastfeeding, gaining weight and about 3-6 weeks old before introducing a pacifier. Pacifier use prior breastfeeding being well established can affect latch, as well as reduce milk supply if the infant is being given a pacifier in place of a feeding. Pacifier use may increase risk of yeast infection for mom and baby, and may affect palate development in infants. There is some evidence to suggest that pacifier use between one and six months can help reduce the risk of SIDS when offered at naps and bedtime.  For further information, check out “What should I know about giving my breastfed baby a pacifier?" By Kelly Bonyata, BS, IBCLC.

I’m headed back to work/school. How much milk do I need stored up before I go back?

We recommend having at least one to two days worth of breast milk stored up in the refrigerator/freezer prior to going back to work or school. You can achieve this by pumping once a day from both breasts for 15 minutes for about 2 weeks before going back to work/ school. You can freeze this milk. If you will return to work/school within a few days, you can put your milk in the refrigerator as it is safe to store for 4-5 days in the fridge. Whomever is caring for your infant while you are gone can feed your baby your breast milk. When you are at work/school, you can pump for every missed feed in order to maintain an adequate milk supply and provide breast milk for your baby to eat each day you’re at work/ school.

Most mothers who return to work/school choose to breastfeed before they are separated (either leaving the house or leaving day care) and again when they are reunited (return home or pick up at day care). Ask your child’s day care if they have an area for you to nurse your baby before and after work/school, or during work/school if your day care is on site. Ask whomever is watching your baby not to feed your baby right before you return at the end of your day; this way your baby will be ready to nurse. It can be helpful to keep some 1-2oz bags of milk on hand in case baby needs a little milk until you return. Whomever is watching your baby while you are separated can call or text you when your baby is hungry so that you are pumping for every missed feed as it aligns with your baby’s feeding pattern. Ideally they can bring your baby to your work/school for you to nurse your baby. Nursing and/or pumping breast milk is protected by Hawaii Revised Statutes.

Some great online resources for heading back to work/school are http://www.workandpump.com/ and https://kellymom.com/category/bf/pumpingmoms/

What are my rights for pumping or nursing while at work?

Employees in Hawaii are covered by both Federal and State laws.

Hawaii state law requires all employers to provide mothers with breastfeeding/pumping break times during work. The location cannot be in a bathroom and must be shielded from view and intrusion from the public and employees while a mother is breastfeeding/pumping. These breaks can be unpaid, which you may choose to discuss prior to returning to work. Employers should have a Breastfeeding in the Workplace sign posted.

Federal law requires employers of 50 or more employees to provide breastfeeding/pumping breaks for hourly employees (salaried employees are exempt). Hawaii state law supercedes our federal law as it is more inclusive.

A recent federal law, Fairness for Breastfeeding Mothers Act (H.R.866) was enacted requiring all federal buildings open to the public to have a lactation room available to employees and the public.

What are some tips for pumping while at work?

Start planning where you will pump before you go on maternity leave or shortly after. Make sure your employer is aware that you will be pumping.  Discuss the locations available to you and how you plan to organize your day to fit pumping into your schedule.  Be prepared to offer suggestions as to how pumping can be worked into your day. You may need to alter breaks and/or stagger lunchtime in order to pump about every 3 hours. 

We generally recommend trying out your pump around 1 month postpartum, unless there’s a medical reason to use it sooner. Ensure that you have the correct flange sizes for your nipples, as this is key to maintaining good milk supply and avoiding nipple damage. You can check recommended flange sizes for Ameda, Medela, and Spectra.  Consider making or altering a bra that allows you to have your hands free while you pump.  This can allow you to do “hands on pumping” which can maximize the amount of milk you can pump at a session. Plan how you will transport your pump, supplies and expressed milk back and forth from work.

Factor your commute into your schedule.  If it is going to be a couple of hours from the time you pump or feed at home until you arrive at work,  you may need to pump before you start work and do the same before you leave at the end of the day.

Put pumping time on your schedule.  Block out time for pumping as you would for any other task and let others know to allow for this time every day you are at work. Nothing precludes you from doing some work while you pump if YOU want to, like making phone calls or working on the computer. Taking time to consciously relax, having a snack and some fluids while you pump are also great options. Some women find having some soothing music, a picture or video of their baby around while they pump helps them let down their milk.

Have a plan for how you will keep your pumping supplies easily available to make it convenient to pump and move on to the rest of your day. Some women carry extra pump parts so they can avoid stopping to clean parts between feedings. Some pump directly into milk storage bags rather than into bottles. Sterilizing bags can go into the microwave at work. Some pump and put the pump parts and milk into a gallon storage bag, refrigerate the whole bag and then reuse the pump parts so they only need one set per day.  Chill the newly pumped milk before adding it to the other refrigerated pumped milk saved from earlier in the day.

Help! My baby is refusing the bottle! How is my baby going to eat when I go back to work/school?

If you are offering the bottle in the first 1-3 months of the baby’s life, they will be more likely to accept the bottle. Ideally start offering the bottle a couple of times a week, 1-2 weeks before you return to work or school. Have another person offer your baby a bottle while you are away from the room (can’t be seen or heard).  Have them introduce the bottle when the baby is calm and not too hungry.  If baby is not taking the bottle, try different bottle nipples to see if that will help baby accept the bottle.  Some may do well with a nipple that is similar to their mothers shape and size. Some babies may be overwhelmed with a fast flowing nipple and need a slower flow that requires more effort, like breastfeeding, to get the milk flowing. The caregiver can offer the bottle in the same positions you usually nurse, or while walking baby in or out of a carrier. If baby still refuses a bottle, other options include feeding milk from a cup, spoon or finger. Some babies still refuse to eat while their mother is away and feed more frequently to compensate while their mother is at home.

Breastfeeding was going fine and now my baby won’t latch well. What can I do?

Ask yourself some questions -

1) Is my baby ill?  Do they have a temperature? Are they tugging on their ear? Talk to your Lactation Consultant or provider for more ideas on what to do.

Try different feeding positions.  If your baby is not latching well or is not feeding, it’s important to ensure baby is still being fed and you are maintaining your milk supply.  You can temporarily give the baby some of your milk in a soft cup or bottle, you can try some of these tips and see your Lactation Consultant or provider for an evaluation of the situation.

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Click here to read the first installment of our breastfeeding series, which is all about the first two weeks. 

Check back next week for the next installment of our breastfeeding series!

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