when do i feed my baby

When do I feed my baby: hunger cues

Babies should be fed when they indicate hunger. Crying is a late indicator of hunger – breastfeeding is much easier for both mom and baby if mom is able to pick up on baby’s earlier hunger cues.

Early Cues:

  • Smacking or licking lips
  • Opening and closing mouth
  • Sucking on the lips, tongue, hands, fingers, toes, toys, or clothing

Active Feeding Cues

  • Rooting around on the chest of whoever is carrying him
  • Trying to position for nursing, either by lying back or pulling on your clothes
  • Fidgeting or squirming around a lot
  • Hitting you on the arm or chest repeatedly
  • Fussing or breathing fast

Late Feeding Cues (calm baby before feeding)

  • Moving head frantically from side to side
  • Crying

Newborns should be nursed anytime they cue hunger

After the newborn period, hand sucking is not as reliable an indicator of hunger. Starting at around 6-8 weeks, baby will begin to gain more control over her hands and will soon begin to explore her hands and everything else using her mouth. It is also common for babies to suck on their hands when their gums become tender in preparation for tooth eruption. Symptoms of teething can sometimes occur weeks and even months before the first tooth erupts.


El bebé emocional de Enrique Blay

Hoy quiero compartir un encuentro que os puede ser de mucha ayuda si estáis embarazadas o tenéis un bebé, este sábado 10 de marzo por la mañana, con el psicoterapeuta Enrique Blay, con la charla « El bebé emocional » donde nos hablará de lo que sienten y perciben los bebés en las etapas de gestación, nacimiento y crianza hasta los 2 años. Enrique Play es psicólogo con amplia experiencia entorno a la maternidad respetada y respetuosa.
Esta charla está organizada por Amana Doula, dentro del ciclo « Charlas Abiertas alrededor de la Maternidad » a través de las cuáles se pretende llegar a familias.
Para reservar tu plaza debes escribir un email a info@amanadoula.com
Día: 10 de marzo
Lugar: LLUÏSOS DE GRÀCIA Plaça del Nord 7-10 Barcelona
Duración aproximada: 1 hora y 45 minutos
Aportación por persona: 12 € [Parejas: 16€]
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4 Tips for Smoothly Transitioning Back to Work after Maternity Leave

Motherhood is a blessing. It comes with its share of pleasures and aches. Being with your baby at home all day long makes you happy. Work life seems like a blurred memory. But, as soon as you realize that your maternity leave is about to end, you start to worry!

No matter how long and hard you’ve thought about your decision to return to work, and how sure you are that it’s the right choice, you need to be prepared for mixed emotions

A Working Mom’s Guide to Breastfeeding

If you’re planning to continue nursing, you’ll need to get the pumping routine down well before your return to work.

Start pumping and freezing the milk a month before you’re due back on the job.You’ll get in the habit of pumping and build up an emergency supply.

Let someone else bottle-feed your baby, use Calma bottles of Medela, they don’t interfere in breastfeeding! If you consider avoiding bottles, you have other options. Your milk could be offered to her in a sippy cup.

Find a private location. If your company doesn’t have a designated lactation room, perhaps there’s an empty office or conference room that you could use to pump. Some women get creative and hang a curtain around the outside of their cubicle when no privacy is available. Be informed about your rights! In general you have the right to return to the same job on the same terms and conditions after your maternity leave.


Start back on a Wednesday or Thursday if you can. The first few days are likely to be the toughest, as you figure out pumping, milk storage and managing daycare. Having a shorter week to start means you’ll soon have the weekend to evaluate how things are going and make adjustments as needed. For Tsarfati, the biggest challenge was realizing how much longer it took to get ready in the morning than in the days when it was just her and her husband.

Breastfeed “on demand” on weekends. If you’ve noticed your milk production flagging during the week at work this is your chance to rebuild it and enjoy the convenience of a more natural nursing relationship. If you are pumping, the milk you stored on Friday will keep just fine in the fridge for baby to have on Monday.

Don’t Be Hard on Yourself!

You never know for sure how you’ll feel during this motherhood transitional challenge. But don’t make any hasty decisions about your future the first week. It’s a very emotional time of transition.

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Imperfect maternity

Social media gives us all the opportunity to present our lives in whatever way we choose. You can almost fake your life, or at the very least filter it with a bubble of happy perfection. People generally go to Instagram for stunning photography, drool-worthy images of gourmet food and the occasional picture of their friends’ vacations, even their babies!

I am not a perfect mother. It surprises me when people tell me that this is their first impression of me. Because it is so obvious to me, so deep-seated, that I am not. Nowdays pressure on women is really high: we need to be perfect mothers, specially when Social media is full of « perfect mothers »… What can we do to be perfect? Basically NOTHING because you are already the perfect mother for your baby.

So, let’s make it fun and… What can we do to be imperfect?


1. Question ourselves whether we are doing the right thing.

Ce’s OK to apologise to our children for making a wrong decision. To show them how to try again. To illustrate how to make choices, to assess right and wrong, to be flexible and change.

To demonstrate how we can make ourselves a better person by exploring and rethinking and starting over… again, and again, and again.

2. Mothers do cry and they are angry (sometimes!)

Because each tear teaches our children how to allow their emotions space to breathe – and how to name their feelings.

Crying isn’t a weakness, it’s an expression of emotion. It clears a path. It brings people together.

3. A messy house is a MUST

It won’t win you any followers on Pinterest or Instagram, but it doesn’t make you a failure.

A messy house might be an illustration of where your priorities lie: a reminder to your children to value family adventures and being outside in nature over time spent ironing, dusting and cleaning.

Mess demonstrates the value of comfort and play over presentation. It creates a home where we accept that being healthy and happy is enough.

4. It is OK to take time for yourself

It can sometimes feel impossible to step away from your family. Because they are everything to you.

They need you, they can’t cope without you, and it’s your duty to be there for them every moment they might need you. The guilt can be overwhelming.

And then there’s the ‘to do’ list that never ends. The worry about what other people will think if you take time out for you. If you let go of all the ‘shoulds’ and rest instead.

Yet deep down, we know that at some point, our children will need to survive without us. There’s a way we can ease them into this: taking time out for ourselves gives them a gentle space to practice.

Even more importantly, when we rest, our children learn that it is OK for them to rest, to replenish, to take time to look after themselves. A vital lesson for a well-lived life. And what more do we want for them than that?

The lessons your imperfections teach your children may be different to the seven I share above. But your lessons will be just as valuable.

We are all imperfect mothers. Imperfection is inevitable. And it is also an opportunity.

We can’t stop being imperfect. But we can control how we react to our imperfections. And how we teach our children to respond to theirs.


¡Emprende con tu bebé con #yoEMPRENDOconmiBEBÉ y Cobaby!

Hay iniciativas que son muy buena idea, como por ejemplo esta que nos llega del espacio amigo Cobaby, en el que las mamás y papás de bebés de entre 6 meses a 3 años podrán optar a un espacio en su coworking para poder llevar a cabo de emprendimiento.


El programa #yoEMPRENDOconmiBEBÉ facilitará plazas a PRECIO REDUCIDO en Cobaby, un coworking combinado con un espacio de crianza especialmente pensado para mamás y papás emprendedores, para que puedas avanzar en tu proyecto sin renunciar a ver crecer a tu bebé.
#yoEMPRENDOconmiBEBÉ es un programa propuesto por Cobaby Barcelona y el Ayuntamiento de Barcelona: Cobaby pone a disposición las infraestructuras y el personal capacitado, y el Ayuntamiento de Barcelona colabora en el programa al financiar parte de esas plazas.


Tienes hasta el 8 de diciembre de 2017 para presentar tu solicitud aquí. ¡Bravo por una idea tan maravillosa!

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Early Skin-To-Skin after birth: benefits

Skin on skin contact is when mother and babies are put together with their skin touching, without clothes or blankets between them. This physical touch it is specially important after birth: contact between the mother and baby since the first second after birth. This early « skin on skin »contact should encourage, even after a c- section, unless medical recommendation.

And it is not only for your baby: feeling for the first time your daughter or son can be one of the most amazing experiences in your life. You may feel overwhelming feelings of love and protectiveness flooding your whole body.

Of course, not all mums feel this straight away. You may be exhausted from a long labour. If that’s the case, holding your baby skin-to-skin will help to nourish loving feelings. Touching and stroking your baby stimulates the release of your body’s natural feel-good chemical, oxytocin.

Skin-to-skin contact takes your baby through a natural pattern of behaviour that midwives and doctors look for in the first hour of life. It starts with that well-known sound of a baby’s first cry. When placed skin-to-skin on her mum’s chest, a newborn baby will then typically follow these stages:

  • relaxing and going still while listening to your heartbeat
  • opening her eyes and looking at you for the first time
  • moving her hands and mouth
  • crawling towards your breast
  • exploring your breast
  • suckling for the first time

Keep cuddling skin-to-skin after you leave the hospital. Your baby will stay warm and comfortable on your chest, and the benefits for bonding, soothing, and breastfeeding will likely continue. If your baby is sleepy, skin-to-skin can help keep your baby interested in nursing. Babies are comforted by skin to skin during procedures. Skin-to-skin may enhance brain development. Fathers and mothers who hold babies skin to skin are thought to have increased confidence and are more relaxed.


What about skin to skin and dads?

This practice is highly recommended for dads. “Paternal skin-to-skin contact has been shown to be safe and effective for temperature regulation and for cardiorespiratory stabilization.” Babies can also benefit from skin-to-skin with adoptive parents, grandparents, siblings and even doctors when necessary.

Skin-to-skin may help if you and your baby are having trouble with breastfeeding, and make it easier for you both. Your baby will instinctively seek out your breasts, and it’s all the easier if she has ready access. She may need to practise as much as you do to get used to breastfeeding.

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Baby sleep: what is normal?

All the parenting books say the first year with a baby is spent in a haze of sleep deprivation caused by night feedings, teething, ear infections, etc. All the moms you know look also exhausted or not tired at all and sometimes you feel you are doing something wrong… But, what is normal for baby sleep?

It is important to say that every baby is TOTALLY DIFFERENT! Don’t be scare if your baby sleeps more that that or even less…

Some important rules for baby sleep.

IT IS SUPER OK TO CHECK YOUR BABY WHEN HE / SHE IS CRYING. It is not only ok but healthy for your baby (and possibly for you). As you will see in this post an adult sleeping cycle is completely different of a baby sleeping cycle. They will learn how to sleep, but letting a baby cry could be dangerous for the future self-esteem, mental health and even to have a good sleep.

New Born – 2 months: sleeping?

  • Newborns have a totally different sleep cycle than adults. Basically they don’t know how to soothe themselves to sleep, they need help, that’s why you can use breastfeeding, rocking, swaddling, cuddling or using a pacifier to help them.
  • They sleep in 2- to 4-hour intervals during day and night, waking up to eat.
  • Babies this age tend to stir and look restless during sleep. Because of reflexes they can’t control, it’s common to see them twitch their arms and legs, smile and make sucking noises.

2-6 Month Sleep Tips: stretches at night? Not yet!

  • Babies at this age they begin to feel different between day and night, and to help them to have a good sleep routine make sure during the day they are expose to sunlight and change the mood at night with much less light and soft games and avoiding over-stimulatin.
  • Babies this age may sleep for six-hour stretches at night, and settle into more of a set nap schedule now
  • It is a good moment to start a sleep routine, but don’t feel frustrated if you baby doesn’t seem to understand it!

4-6 Month Sleep Tips: not yet!

  • The sleep cycle is still really different than an adult sleep cycle. They can start sleeping through the night, but it doesn’t mean 12 hours, but anywhere from 6 to 12 hours stretches.
  • Usually all babies wake up during the night, some of them have learn to sleep again getting closer to an adult sleep.
  • Some babies stop sleeping through the night now because of separation anxiety. Your baby knows you’re around even when she/she can’t see you, that’s why co-sleeping can be a good idea.
  • Ce’s OK to go in and check on your crying baby, but keep visits short and try (as hard as it is) not to pick her up or feed her. Try rubbing her back, singing a soothing lullaby and ducking out after a few minutes.

1-2 Year Sleep Tips

  • Active toddlers can have trouble relaxing and winding down at night — causing bedtime battles. Try to keep things as calm as possible in the evenings, sticking to soothing activities like bath and story time.
  • Probably you won’t have stretches nights everyday, but it will start soon!


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Apaiser un bébé / Comment calmer un bébé qui pleure pleurer

Comment calmer un bébé qui pleure. Nous cherchons souvent des réponses. Voici quelques idées de ce qu'il faut faire. Le plus important: INTERVENIR QUE POSSIBLE. Le cri de bébé est un moyen de communiquer et servir conserver l'insécurité est aussi probablement beaucoup plus difficile alors apaiser.

Si le bébé est pas malade (avoir des douleurs ou de la congestion, etc.), les principales raisons pour lesquelles un bébé pleure sont: Contactez nécessité, besoin de téter, il est mal à l'aise (Froid, chaud, humide ...) tiene sueño ou il est ennuyeux.

Il est autorisé à tout essayer rapidement (bébé vertige), vous allez mieux de point à point, les jeter.

Si vous donnez la poitrine à essayer en premier est de donner le sein. Avec ce simple geste, tandis que divers besoins (faim, le contact, l'aspiration est calme, Sommeil). Si ne pas allaiter, vous pensez, peut-être plus faim, si je tente de lui donner la succion du doigt? Calme si mezzo dans mes bras?

Mais l'un des plus important et le plus difficile pour l'aspect de la mère est d'accepter le fait de Je pleurais. Parfois, ils ont besoin d'évacuer les tensions ou à exprimer leur mécontentement à propos de quelque chose. Si l'accompagnait dans ses bras, probablement calmer tôt que nous l'imaginons.

No quiero acabar este post sin mostraros el vídeo del Dr Robert Hamilton de la clinique pédiatrique "Océan Pacifique Pediatrics" Santa Monica, en Californie (États-Unis) quien tiene una técnica con la cual es capaz de hacer que la mayoría de los bebés dejen de llorar al instante (Ayant vérifié avant pas faim ou humide).

Hamilton a montré l'efficacité de sa méthode dans la vidéo qui suit, où l'on voit assez nerveux essayer avec deux bébés après avoir été vaccinés. La chose étonnante est non seulement le travail technique, mais aussi pour prendre effet en quelques secondes.

Les bébés pleurent. Sur les avions, dans les lieux publics, autour des étrangers, souvent lorsque leurs parents souhaitent vraiment qu'ils ne le feraient pas. Ils se lamentent comme il n'y a pas de demain. Ce’s comment ils communiquent la faim, la douleur, la peur, le besoin de sommeil, et plus encore. Il peut être difficile d'interpréter les cris de votre enfant, surtout au début. La chose la plus importante est d'agir vite, sinon, probablement plus tard sera plus difficile pour lui / elle calmer vers le bas et peuvent se sentir l'insécurité.

Voici les raisons les plus communes bébés pleurent:

HUNGER: Ceci est probablement la première chose que vous pensez quand votre bébé pleure. Apprendre à reconnaître les signes de la faim va vous aider à démarrer votre bébé’s tétées avant l'étape de pleurer. Quelques signes à surveiller pour les nouveau-nés: fussing, claquant des lèvres, l'enracinement (un réflexe nouveau-né qui provoque les bébés à tourner la tête vers votre main lorsque vous leur caresser la joue), et de mettre leurs mains à leur bouche.

DISCONFORT: Couche sale, trop chaud ou froid ... Certains bébés que vous sachiez tout de suite quand ils ont besoin d'être changé. D'autres peuvent tolérer une couche sale pendant un bon moment.

NEEDS SLEEP.Unless adults think that babies cansimply go to sleep à tout moment, n'importe où, il’s plus difficile pour eux que vous pourriez penser. Au lieu de cogner des clous, les bébés peuvent pleurnicher et pleurer, surtout si elles’re trop fatigué.

WANTS TO BE HELD: Les bébés ont besoin de beaucoup de câlins. Ils aiment voir leurs parents’ visages, entendre leurs voix, et l'écoute de leurs battements de cœur, et peuvent même détecter leur odeur unique. Pleurer peut être leur façon de demander à être maintenu à proximité.

Pédiatre Robert Hamilton a une technique inhabituelle pour calmer les bébés vers le bas, ce qui, selon la vidéo ci-dessus, fonctionne étonnamment rapide.

Consejos de los abuelos a los padres de hijos adolescentes…

Savez-vous cette vidéo? Ce fut un succès viral sur Facebook. Favorise HIRUKIDE Familias numerosas de EuskadiEt bien que mes enfants ont pas encore atteint l'adolescence, nous avons eu nos crises ... et ont beaucoup de raison !!

Il n'y a pas si longtemps qu'il a quitté une carrière, un emploi stable, la sécurité de la charge d'un bon salaire chaque mois à consacrer à ce qui me fait passionné, être doula. Et avoir le soutien de mon partenaire et puis, mes parents m'a donné la force de se battre et continuer à se battre dur chaque jour pour cela. MERCI !!



CAMPUS pour les mamans, savez-vous de lui?

Les Octobre 13 classes de démarrage "de Campus pour les mamans", vous savez?

Qui est-il? Ils cherchent des entrepreneurs qui mettent en place les entreprises liées aux technologies: Web, Internet, applications et autres et qui veulent se former pour sauter sur elle.

Quel est leur contenu? Campus pour les mamans est divisé en huit séances, une par semaine, couvrant toutes les questions que les entrepreneurs sont confrontés: la conception du produit, de la finance, juridique, image, marketing, etc. Chaque tour est divisé en blocs avec des pauses pour faciliter les soins des bébés.

Qui peut participer? Campus pour les mamans vise en premier lieu mères avec leurs bébés (et parents). Les femmes sans enfant-et hommes peuvent participer, mais l'inscription est soumise à la disponibilité des places, qui sont limitées.

Tous les enfants de tous âges? Les classes sont conçues pour s'engager avec les bébés entre 0 et 1 an.

Combien ça coûte? Campus pour les mamans est sans frais pour les participants. Tout ce qui est requis est un engagement à assister à toutes les séances.

Caractéristiques: Les chambres où le cours est enseigné sont conçus pour aider les bébés entre 0 et 1 an: il a des nattes, changeur, tapis, etc. Et les haut-parleurs sont conscients que les mères doivent prendre soin de leurs bébés.

Où est-il fait? À Madrid. Incidence HUB à Madrid, un espace dédié à l'innovation au cœur de Barrio de las Letras.

Espérons que les initiatives de prolifération comme ça!

Félicitations à tous les entrepreneurs qui Iniciais cours mardi prochain !!