Boston Newborn Care – No Dairy for Your Baby

Boston Newborn Care – No Dairy for your Baby, Another Newborn Care secret in the new mommy who is breastfeeding world is the no dairy thing. Definitely not in the book of things to prepare for.

All moms eating habits change when they are pregnant. They need to add to their meal plan, or clean up a less than healthy one.

Boston Newborn Care – No Dairy for Your Baby

Some of the “go to” items are yogurt, and bowls of cereal. It’s comfort food; sweet, yummy and totally allowed. It’s not doughnuts and candy but it’s a far cry from kale shakes and egg whites. Many moms loosen up on their strict regime and may go totally rogue and add ice cream and chocolate milk to the grocery list.

This is a fun little habit to cultivate. And, after 9 months of it, it does become a habit. So It’s usually stays in place once the baby is born. So, week 4 postpartum, the baby starts to get a little fussy. First line of defense, eliminate dairy. OK coffee is the first of many problems for most. But, the non dairy options are pretty plentiful. Thank god.

For some, it’s a non-issue. They are not big milk and cheese ladies. But for some dairy lovers it’s a disaster.

So moms have just grown a baby in their body, delivered it through their body and are feeding it with their body. Seems like a fairly substantial sacrifice. But as all moms know, the sacrifice for your children is a lifetime sentence.

Moms have limited time for themselves, maybe a shower and a new pair of yoga pants. There is no more room in their bandwidth for any fun. Perhaps the occasional rented movie that takes a day to watch or the best friend that comes over for a cup of coffee you heat up 5 times.

But the happy little afternoon chocolate chip cookie and milk treat is gone.
Seriously?

Moms are not looking for much. It’s ok they cannot enjoy a glass of wine, sleep like a human, go to the bathroom with the door closed, but now the little cheese and crackers with your non alcoholic wine pick me up in the early evening is gonzo.

Boston Newborn Care – No Dairy for your Baby

Its not really about the absence of the milk product, it’s the lack of time to figure out what the substitution is. They try almond milk because that’s fairly easy. They attempt to read every label to see if there is butter or –ase or -ose anything in it, and interrogate every waitress or coffee barista. Ugh! It’s exhausting.

Soy isn’t always an option either. That little food group attaches it self to a lot of diet eliminating menus. (I’m celiac, so in addition to any gluten containing foods, I have to watch out for soy anything, which, by the way, is in jelly beans and Swedish fish!)

Although it is not forever, I will say that eliminating dairy doesn’t mean eating only fruits and vegetables. You may stumble upon an entire world of new tastes, textures and foods that might not otherwise be part of your diet.

It takes 21 days to form a habit. Maybe you’ll just get used to it? Or maybe you’ll dream of the imported milk chocolate that in the cupboard your friend from Germany sent you.

Rock your baby to sleep

Rock your baby to sleep have her sleep on your chest, feed her until she’s snoring; that’s fine. Go ahead; but just know you are signing up for this task for at least a year.

Babies like what they like. Who wouldn’t want to snuggle in someone’s cozy arms or be lulled to sleep whilst rocking back and forth to your dads humming?

I remember when I watched my first baby, around 28 years ago. A friend was going to her mother in-laws funeral. She left me with these instructions.

Rock your baby to sleep

  1. Sally will wake up at X time.
  2. Enter her room wearing my scarf, hanging on the outside doorknob.
  3. Do not turn on the lights.
  4. Be sure the bathroom door is open about 5 inches and the shower light is on. (That is enough light for you to see)
  5. Sit in the rocking chair to feed her but don’t move the position it is in.
  6. Be sure to turn on the mobile before you sit down.
  7. When she is done hold her upright for 17 minutes.
  8. Change her while singing somewhere over the rainbow.
  9. Stand on your head and spit jellybeans.

Ok, so the last direction was just me being sarcastic.

Of course I tried to follow all of these steps. And of course she cried the whole time because I probably opened the refrigerator or forgot to turn off the television.

I felt like what a new mom must feel like. I totally turned off my common sense. I didn’t do what seems natural because I had to follow the directions.

My friend came home to a screaming infant. This regime came about because it worked one time. The chair, the light, the noise and the smells suddenly settled her fussy daughter.

I totally get it. Rock your baby to sleep

PARENTS WILL DO ANYTHING TO MAKE IT STOP.

How else did the midnight car rides come about? Desperate parents will do what works. Outsiders will view these intricate steps as ridiculous, but new parents see it as perfectly normal behavior.

When my son was born my husband and I walked around OUR HOUSE with one shoe on. We had to scoot our foot under his bottom in the light-blue bucket chair and bounce it up and down. It became a mindless ritual; Tap-Tap-Tap, rocking him until he fell asleep.

It became the routine; it was our new normal because he stopped crying. It worked!

We did go through a few of those chairs, but it didn’t matter. That chair went everywhere with us. It became more important than my make-up

(whose kidding who here, make -up went out the door when I left work to go on maternity leave)

Eventually there is a break in the insanity. Common sense seeps in a little bit and the routines get much more manageable.

What’s your crazy story? We all have one.

Boston Newborn Care Bottle Tip “Mixie Bottle”

Boston Newborn Care Bottle Tip “Mixie Bottle”. Have you ever heard of it? It’s a brilliant way to be on the go with a bottle at the ready. Getting out of the house with a newborn is a feat among itself. Gone are the days where you have to just tuck your phone into your pocket and dash.

Now there’s the checklist.

Diapers, toys, change of clothes for baby, change of shirt for mom (annoying headlight spots on your shirt from leaking breast milk isn’t especially attractive) The diaper bag with favorite toys, loveys, blankets. Etc. etc. etc.

Now the chore of the bottle: Although your breastfeeding days are still in full swing, perhaps you are supplementing with some formula in anticipation of going back to work, or just because you want to introduce formula to your babe.

Boston Newborn Care Bottle Tip "Mixie Bottle"

Boston Newborn Care Bottle Tip “Mixie Bottle”

Now the questions:

Do I make it ahead of time and then search for a coffee shop where I can get a hot cup of water to warm it in? Do I bring the water separately and the powder in a different container to mix it on the go.

Holding an infant, trying not to touch any surface outside of your house and mix it without being one of those new moms who fumbles and spills?

Boston Newborn Care Bottle Tip “Mixie Bottle

The chamber has the perfect amount of formula, the water is the perfect temp. Push the bottom of the chamber; the powder is released into the water. And you have the perfect bottle with no struggle.

You can load up your stroller or your diaper bag with ready to go bottles so you are never stuck struggling in the ladies room in a full sweat with a hungry baby.

Here is one tip. The bottle can leak a little bit from the top if it is screwed on too tight. The pressure from the release of the formula somehow causes the nipple to be a little off where it attaches to the bottle collar.

Just don’t tighten it too much and you’ll have no issues. The wide Dr. brown nipples fit on this bottle as well.

Mixie Bottle Fill, Pop, Mix for the freshest bottle on the go.

Boston Newborn Care Bottle Tip “Mixie Bottle”