Choosing to breastfeed or bottle feed is a personal, and often a very
emotional decision. It's one you and your partner both need to feel happy
Breast milk is the best possible food for your baby. It's contains
everything your baby will need, in all the right proportions. It
changes as your baby grows. It contains antibodies which help boost
your baby's immunities, and is easily digestible. Breastfeeding has
advantages for the nursing mom as well. Not only is it free, and
always 'ready to feed' it helps you lose weight quicker, helping you
lose some of your pregnancy weight gain.
If you decided to nurse, around your 30th week, you will want to start
looking for good nursing bras. You will also need to have breast pads
to help with any leaking that may occur in the first weeks of
Formula feeding is another good alternative. While formula isn't the
same as breastmilk, formula is a balance of the vitamins and minerals
you baby needs to grow. It does take longer for baby to digest, since
it's higher in protein. There are several brands and formulations to
chose from. Be sure to consult your baby's pediatrician for guidance
in making this choice.
If you chose to bottle feed, you will need to have at least 6 bottles
and nipples. You will need a way to sterilize them, a bottle brush for
cleaning, and a bottle warmer can also be very helpful. There are
many different types of bottles available, as well as nipple styles.
SYMPTOMS YOU MAY EXPERIENCE
- Breast Changes, tenderness, fullness, darkening of the areola
- Frequent Urination
- Indigestion or heartburn
- Occasional headaches
- Stretch Marks (cocoa butter can help with these)
- Round ligament pains
Baby is still continuing to develop her fat stores,
This will help her regulate her body temperature when
she is born. She weighs about 1.5 pounds now, and is
about 13.25 inches long.