For first-time parents, what to feed and how to feed your baby can be a minefield of products and advice. The most important aspect is that your baby is fed and thrives. You will find the right path for you and your baby and we're here to support you with specially selected, eco-friendly, useful products along the way.
When you first hold your newborn baby you will notice they begin rooting and giving a hunger cue and it is important to give the baby that first breastfeed. Breast milk contains many antibodies to fend off germs, and hormones to help with growth and development in those early weeks and months. Breastfed babies are less likely to get ear infections and tummy bugs, though if they do catch something, a mothers' milk will alter its makeup to include the antibodies required to fight the infection. Benefits of breastfeeding for mums include positive effects on women's health, lowering the risk of diabetes and certain types of ovarian and breast cancer.
Breastfeeding your baby is one of the most natural things we - as mothers - can do. It is cost-effective, easy, means you have less equipment to take out and about with you and most of all helps cement a firm bond between mother and baby. However, the road to breastfeeding success isn't always easy. Mums can encounter many breastfeeding problems including sore nipples, difficulty breastfeeding in public, worries about milk production and problems getting a secure latch. If you are encountering breastfeeding problems don't hesitate to talk to health professionals or lactation consultants.
Although we fully support breastfeeding, we understand that sometimes you will have to be away from your baby. For these times you can express breast milk and store it for another parent or caregiver to give to your baby in a bottle. To express, you can use a pump, or hand expressing is also an option. A lactation consultant or health visitor can give you advice on hand expressing technique. If you decide to use a pump we stock two fantastic breast pumps from the Lansinoh brand. The first is a manual pump that you have to place around the nipple then repeatedly squeeze the handle, drawing the milk out and into the storage container attached. The electric breast pump works in the same way though you don't have to pump a handle. Whether you choose a manual or electric pump, storing breast milk couldn't be easier than with our breast milk storage bags by Lansinoh, check the NCT website for safe milk storage guidelines.
There are many pieces of equipment you will need to use throughout your baby's feeding journey. With our products, you can rest assured they are safe, BPA free and have been designed with kids in mind.
If you require a bottle to feed your baby expressed breastmilk, take a look at our developmental drink set. From a breastfeeding supportive silicone teat, this cup then transforms to a sippy cup or straw cup. Moving on from your baby just having milk you will require a set of dishes and plates and utensils or a tableware set.
Our stainless steel baby bowl available in green or blue is great for babies taking that first step on the road to solids. Begin with you holding it and feeding baby, perhaps give baby utensils to hold as you do so they can copy you putting spoons in their mouth. The handy, kid-friendly handle is perfect for a toddler to hold the bowl steady so they can use their own utensils to scoop and feed themselves. These dishes are completely BPA free, reusable, dishwasher safe and recyclable when you're finished using it.
Polycarbonate Plastic products such as food containers, plastic water bottles, food packaging and dental sealants often contain the chemical Bisphenol A. This chemical is used to make epoxy resins that then go on to make the plastic used in the above products. Current research suggests that BPA and a similar chemical BPS could contain endocrine disruptors that could have a negative effect on the human body if exposure is great enough such as:
• Women's health as the hormone balance is affected during the menopause.• Brain development and hormone balance in children.• Cardio-vascular health.• Endocrine disruptors have also been found to have cancer-causing properties.• Both BPA and BPS are thought to be able to cross the placental barrier.
It is important to limit your family's exposure to BPA and other harmful chemicals by avoiding the use of polycarbonate plastic products. By cutting down your use of plastics you won’t only be protecting your family but also the planet.
• Instead of buying bottled water in plastic bottles, take a look at our reusable water bottle range, or buy reusable glass bottles. Using a jug and water filters in your fridge, in conjunction with reusable water bottles, you can have that bottled water quality taste without the plastic bottle. • Food and beverage storage doesn't have to be in plastic storage containers, take a look at our wraps and other solutions.• When shopping, try to avoid plastic packaging on food and beverage products.• BPA is also found in the thermal paper used to print receipts on, unless you need one for VAT purposes, try and refuse these as much as possible. It has been suggested that when you come into contact with thermal paper the chemicals can linger in the human body for up to a week.• Instead of using plastic containers for toys look at sacks or bags, or material tubs.• Use our stainless steel baby bowl instead of the plastic alternative.• When buying baby products such as sippy cups, bottles and even toys, look out for the BPA free label.
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