18 Feb 2015
Today’s dads are very hands-on. They share the load, change nappies, pace the boards at 3 a.m. and want to be fully engaged with their newborn. But, when it comes to feeding, this remains firmly the mother’s domain.
Breastfeeding is undoubtedly best for baby and in the UK all new mums are encouraged to give it a go. When mum is breastfeeding, dad will find himself side lined.
Expectant couples typically plan to breastfeed and many want their partners to help out and share the experience. In principle, a mother can express her milk and put it into a bottle. However, this can be problematic. Breastfeeding and bottle-feeding are two very different activities. Many breastfed babies simply refuse to take a bottle. Those that accept a conventional vented bottle, find it so much easier to feed from that they quickly become lazy and reject the breast. This is frustrating for women who have worked so hard to establish breastfeeding in the first place!
Judging by the dialogue between baby Stewie and Brian (the dog) in Family Guy, probably quite a lot. It usually takes us dumb parents at least a year to interpret our baby’s attempts to use our language and we think it is so sweet when those first recognisable words appear.
But perhaps we are underestimating our babies’ ability to communicate and they want to say much more than we can understand? Perhaps they quickly cotton-on to our inadequacies and therefore limit us to simple words, like Dada, Dog and (in the case of our youngest) ‘Bugga’ ? (Yes, we are convinced that was what she said. Clearly she was exasperated by our inability to understand her previous sentence, ‘Would one of you be so kind as to tune into the News Channel, I’m fed up with listening to these inane Teletubbies’.
So much in our adult world depends on successful communication and we are not very good at it. Misunderstandings occur even when we speak face to face. We misread body language, choose the wrong words and don't articulate what we really want to say. Personally, I think mis-communication is made worse through email, twitter and texting. Are we losing the art of proper conversation?
Your new baby is a delight; you didn’t believe it was possible to love another person this much. Until 5pm, when he starts to fuss, then cry, then scream the house down. You feed him, change his nappy, rock him, give him cuddles, but nothing makes a difference. Eventually he dozes off, only to wake five minutes later and recommence the cycle. It goes on ALL night! By morning you are exhausted, but you can’t relax – there is a baby to take care of, after all. At least for now he is happy – until 5pm…
If your baby has colic, like the estimated 20% of new-borns worldwide who now show such symptoms, life is tough, mentally and physically......
It’s no secret that obesity is on the rise in the UK. The scare stories are always out there, and a walk around certain parts of Britain will paint the picture for us in no uncertain terms. We are told that fast food is to blame; that our reliance on TV and video gaming makes us fat, and that food marketing sells us the dream of highly-flavoured, high calorie processed meals and snacks. But is it really that simple?
A recent Daily Mail article says that the latest baby doll toy has sparked “outrage amongst Mums.” The breastfeeding baby doll by Berjuan Toys has already won awards for its innovation, and is set to become the most controversial – if not the most popular – girl’s toy on Christmas present lists this year. The doll comes with a bib, which the child wears; holding the doll close to two flowers on the bib alerts sensors which then cause the baby to make suckling noises, and simulate breastfeeding.