Welcome to the Nestlé Baby Website

Welcome to our Baby Website where you’ll find lots of information on the wonderful journey of parenthood, from pregnancy, to birth and your child’s early development. Every child’s development is different, so be sure to consult with your health care professional if you have any concerns.

You’ll also find plenty of information about what you can feed your child.

Know your baby’s nutritional needs and download our 'Breastfeeding' brochure here

When it comes to babies, Breastfeeding is best, and provides the ideal balanced diet and protection against illness. During pregnancy and after delivery, a mother’s diet should contain sufficient key nutrients. Professional guidance can be sought on diet and the preparation for and maintenance of breastfeeding. Infant formula is intended to replace breast-milk when mothers do not breastfeed. A decision not to breast-feed, or to introduce partial bottle-feeding, could reduce the supply of breast-milk. Once reduced, it is difficult to re-establish. Infant formula should be prepared and used as directed. Unnecessary or improper use, such as the use of unboiled water, unboiled bottles or incorrect dilution may present a health hazard. Social and financial implications, such as the preparation requirements and the cost of providing formula until 12 months of age, should be considered when choosing how to feed infants.

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Breastfeeding Problems

Almost all mum’s want to breastfeed. While at least eight out of ten mothers start breastfeeding in hospital, this figure drops down to just under two thirds by 3 months, yet over ninety five percent of women could breastfeed. The most important advice is to seek help as soon as you are aware of a problem and find a good support network early on – even before you give birth if you can.
  • Sore Nipples
  • Blocked milk
    ducts & mastitis
  • Breast refusal
  • Low Milk supply
  • Oversupply
Sore nipples

The most common cause for sore nipples is poor attachment –Breast tenderness in the first few days of breastfeeding is normal, but it’s not normal to feel actual pain. If you are in pain, try a new breastfeeding position or seek help from a maternal and child health nurse or lactation consultant. Here are some useful points to be aware of:

  • The pain of a damaged nipple will usually subside as your milk starts flowing, so try to trigger a letdown manually before your baby attaches to the breast.
  • If your baby has a tongue tie, this could be affecting their ability to attach properly. Your health care professional can examine your baby’s mouth to see if this is the problem.
  • Try to delay the use of bottles or dummies. Early use of bottles and dummies (pacifiers), especially before the first breastfeed, can interfere with the natural processes of breastfeeding as their suckling technique is different on these.
  • Nipple shields may be of use to some breastfeeding mums and it’s best to get professional advice on how and when to use these
  • Express a few drops of your own milk after each feed – it’s moisturising quality (due to high fat content), and antibacterial properties make it a great ‘nipple cream’.
  • Avoid using soaps on your breasts when showering as this may be drying.
  • Make sure you replace wet breast pads regularly to avoid infections developing in cracked nipples.

If your pain doesn’t go away seek medical help from someone who has experience with breastfeeding and breastfeeding problems.

Top Tips for successful breast feeding and avoiding potential problems

  • Begin breastfeeding as soon as possible after birth. Babies are very alert after birthing and eager to suckle. When you arrive at the hospital, let the nurses know that you plan to breastfeed so they can assist you after the birth. Besides helping both of you adjust to breastfeeding, frequent and early breastfeeding also helps increase your milk supply.
  • Offer your baby your breast whenever they show signs of hunger, this may be every 1 to 3 hours to start with. Have your baby with you as much as possible following the birth, that way you’ll see and hear their signs of hunger and can attend to them quickly. Signs of hunger to look out for may include increased alertness or activity; turning their head searching for your breast; sucking their fist, sticking out their tongue or opening and closing their mouth.
  • Try to relax during breastfeeds, and avoid too many distractions. It’s a great time towatch your baby, touch and stroke their skin – not only is this calming but is a great bonding activity with your little one.
  • Avoid using additional water or formula as this may interfere with your milk supply. If your baby is in the nursery at the hospital, insist that they be brought to you to breastfeed when they are hungry. This ensures that your baby’s only source of nutrition is breastmilk. If you feel baby needs extra fluid, then you can always try breastfeeding your baby more often.
  • Delay using a dummy until after breastfeeding and milk supply is well established. Your milk supply increases the more your baby suckles, so make sure all the sucking is done at your breast not on a dummy (pacifier) to start with.
  • Ask the nurses to help you with breastfeeding at any time during your hospital stay. Ideally you will also have a community nurse visit you at home the first week after you are discharged from hospital to assist you with any breastfeeding or other concerns with your new baby.
  • All infants should be seen by a health care provider within the first month, usually at around 2 weeks. And at any other time you are concerned about you or your baby’s health or feeding regime.
  • Ask for help and support, women who are supported and encouraged to breastfeed will usually be more successful than those who don’t ask for help or have little support from relatives and friends.
  • Seek help and advice when you plan to go back to work. Returning to work may require a slight change to your routine but definitely doesn’t mean you need to stop breastfeeding all together. Good planning and support from your friends, family and workplace are important ingredients for continued successful breastfeeding.

In your baby’s first four to six months before solids are introduced, water, juice, and other foods are not necessary or recommended. Remember Breastmilk is nature’s perfect food and will provide your baby with all the nutrition they need. Even as you introduce solid foods, breastmilk will still be your baby’s primary source of nutrition.

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