Emma Howard discusses the topic of breastfeeding and provides a simple guide to help you nurture and nourish your baby.
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Emma Howard: I am Emma Howard and we are talking about breast feeding here on the Baby Channel. With me is Heather Welford, the NCT Breastfeeding Counsellor or A NCT Breastfeeding Counsellor, there are many -- and much -- Deborah and seven-and-a-half-month old Anna who is just lovely and very well fed. Now your little girl is taking solid, you have weaned her, very happily, very easily. Deborah Power: Yeah. Emma Howard: And she is on what, four feeds a day? Deborah Power: Four breastfeeds and three solid meals. Emma Power: So, you are in that great position now. You are looking to go back to work part time, but there is a big transition to be made here. I know, you are feeling quite confident about it. You said, she has made it easy for you? Deborah Power: Yeah, she has, just the whole way through she is just sailing through things really. Emma Howard: And not rejecting the food. Deborah Power: She rejected the bottle, that's about three months, and I was trying to do mixed. Some mixed breast milk, and she took it fine for a couple of months. And then one day, she just decided that she wasn't going to have that anymore. Emma Howard: That could be problematic, couldn't it Heather? If you are going back to work and your baby isn't taking the bottle. Why would they want the bottle when they have had the breast. It is often a conflict women have. Are there options open to you, if they don't take a bottle? Heather Welford: Yes, you are absolutely right. It's quite a common question. Even when babies have been keeping up the two skills all the way through, they can certainly decide and communicate very forcefully what they like best. The good thing is that as a baby gets a bit older though, the mother has an option of giving fluid or express breast milk or whatever in a cup and I think you told us before Deborah that Anna can't take a cup, and she is getting a little bit more skilled at that. Deborah Power: Yeah, and when we first started giving her water with her solid meals, she was quite dribbly and she would spit out quite a lot. But I have noticed in the last couple of weeks it's got much more -- Emma Howard: Might just get really more adapt each week, don't they? And when you think of an infant in the first year of life, you can pressure the progress so easily. One from one week to the next they can do things that they couldn't do the week before. So, you shouldn't think, they are not going to take that, you should keep going. Heather Welford: Yeah, we often say, to mothers that it's not worth making the fight with the bottle, if you are talking a about a baby of five or six months, because they can take a cup, with help, I mean, they are not going to lean over the table and glug it down by themselves. You might need to hold the cup, I am sure you did it. Emma Howard: And when you say, cup, you are not talking about an open cup, you are talking about with a beak and lid, with that different spout. Heather Welford; Oh! Yeah with help babies can manage a proper grown up cup as well. Sometimes we suggest that parents try with a little egg cup. If the baby isn't even managing the sort of cup that you are taking about with a spout, they can try with a little egg cup or they can try, if you are very gentle with an ordinary cup. Obviously, you don't fill it to the brim. Emma Howard: But we are terrified of the mess, aren't we? And our babies will be wet. Heather Welford: Well, you don't want the poor babies face to be soaked out. Emma Howard: We don't. So, we are always trying to protect that spillage, aren't we. So, we should be more confident. They can with our help, drink with an open cup. Heather Welford: Yeah and if in desperate cases, you can get a bit of fluid down with a spoon and a cup. You can tip the fluid or even let the baby sip off a cup if you want to. Most babies don't need to do that, but you don't need to panic, if you are going back to work and your baby really doesn't want a bottle. If they know, what they like b