Regardless of whether you are expectant or new parents: There are many questions with respect to pregnancy, breastfeeding as well as the care and the diet of your baby. We have drawn up a list of the most frequently asked questions and the corresponding answers and arranged them according to topics. Perhaps you will find the information you are looking for right away. Do you require advice or wish further information? Our parent service will be happy to help and can be reached at +49 (0)8374-934 222 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
How much and what should I drink while breastfeeding?
Drink plenty of fluids regularly! It is recommended to drink two to three litres of fluids daily while breastfeeding. In particular, water, different types of tea (eventually nursing tea), healthy juices at each nursing session. Always have a glass of your preferred drink nearby when you are breastfeeding.
How do I nurse best?
It sometimes takes a bit of time until mother and baby work well together as a “nursing” team. Our nursing tips will definitely help you:
- If your baby takes the breast properly in its mouth, breastfeeding is usually not a problem and will not harm your breasts. This will enable your baby to empty the breast better which in turn ensures that lactation is maintained.
- Take a position preferably so that your baby’s entire body is turned towards you (“tummy to tummy”) and your nipple is directly in front of its mouth. Your baby should not have to turn its head to reach the breast. This makes it hard to get at the nipple and drinking is then more difficult.
- Very close: Hold your baby close to your body and try to relax. Pull your baby close to you, instead of leaning over to reach it. In this way, you remain relaxed.
Can I continue to breastfeed when the first teeth appear?
Absolutely, because teeth do not hinder breastfeeding. First teeth do not prevent babies from breastfeeding, and they continue to get valuable mother’s milk. If your baby should bite you, give it a clear signal that this is painful.
My baby is no longer sated with the start-up formula. What can I do?
If you feel your baby is no longer sated with start-up formula, it may be wise to switch over to formula in the 1 series.
Töpfer Lactana 1 formulae are special, filling start-up milk formulae adapted to the needs of new-born babies. Additionally, they contain other easily digestible carbohydrates and vegetable oils. Töpfer Lactana 1 formulae are therefore offered, if, for example, the drinking intervals between the bottle meals are very short.
If your baby vomits frequently…
This is not really a reason to be worried. Many babies vomit. Small amounts are normal when they burp. However, many babies tend to vomit larger amounts regularly. This is mainly because the baby’s gastro-intestinal tract still has to develop. In the case of babies that tend to vomit, the muscle between their stomach and oesophagus is usually still too weak. They still have to learn how to swallow, too. A part of what they drink flows back into the oesophagus and gets spit up.
What can I do?
- If your baby tends to vomit and burp, give it smaller meals instead that are spread over the day, so that its stomach is not too full.
- When bottle-feeding, make sure that the hole in the nipple on the bottle is adapted to the age of the baby and the consistency of the food.
- Take time out for the milk feedings. Let your baby burp frequently. In this way, you relieve the baby’s stomach and it can get rid of the air it has swallowed.
- Treat your child to a pause after the meal. This helps to retain the food in the stomach.
- If you bottle-feed, thickening the milk formula can often help.
Töpfer’s organic rice gruel – the natural bulking agent
Adding Töpfer’s organic rice gruel to a bottle to thicken the formula has been tried and tested for decades and is recommended by paediatricians. By adding the rice gruel, the consistency of the formula becomes thicker. This results in your child not being able to drink the bottle so quickly. It thus reduces the reflux of food and consequently the vomiting. Töpfer’s organic rice gruel is purely plant-based, gluten-free and well tolerated.
Your advantage: You can decide yourself how much Töpfer organic rice gruel you wish to give your baby depending on its needs. And this is how you do it: Prepare a bottle of Töpfer’s organic start-up formula as usual. Add one teaspoon of Töpfer organic rice gruel to this. Allow your child’s digestion to get used to the new additive slowly. If necessary, you can increase the amount of Töpfer organic rice gruel up to 5 teaspoons. Make sure your baby’s digestion is regular.
Please consult with your doctor before use.
When can I give my baby supplementary food?
It is recommended to introduce supplementary food between the 4th and 6th month. At this age, most babies are able to swallow pulpy consistencies. As children grow older and develop, their nutrient requirements also increase. Time to try out a spoon. Each baby is individual and shows a uniqueness from the beginning. In the area of food, each child also develops individually and has its preferences, its own pace and individual needs. The decision to start supplementary feeding always depends on the individual child.
How do I prepare the milk?
Get the appropriate bottles ready – they need to be boiled or sterilized. Then boil the required amount of drinking water and let it cool down to 55 degrees. For a drinking portion, first fill the bottle half full with water and add the milk powder. Only a level measuring spoon (spoon enclosed in the package) is to be used. It is best to level off the excess milk powder with a knife. Screw the bottle tight and shake it vigorously so that the powder completely dissolves. A small foam layer emerges, which will disappear by itself after a short time. Add the remaining water and give the bottle another good shake. Let the milk cool to drinking temperature. To test the temperature, put a few drops of milk on the inside of your wrist. If any milk remains after drinking, it is to be disposed of and not reheated for the next meal. Please do not forget to close the bag with the milk powder tightly. On the back of each package, you will find precise instructions for the preparation and the quantities appropriate for each age.
How do I prepare baby cereal?
Preparing Töpfer’s baby cereals is very simple and is explained step by step on every package. You only have to freshly boil the amount of milk or water specified on the package and then serve it into a bowl when making porridge or a milk cereal. Then add the specified amount of cereal flakes and stir well. Let the mixture swell for about a minute and you will have a delicious meal.
When should I begin with the dental hygiene of baby’s teeth?
Since mother’s milk and infant formula contain carbohydrates, it is important to begin with dental hygiene as soon as the first teeth appear. When you see signs of the first teeth coming through, you can gently massage the spot with your finger. Later on, when the first white tip of the tooth appears, cotton swabs may be helpful. If you can see the entire little tooth, you may apply a small amount of Töpfer’s tooth gel to a special baby toothbrush. If your baby happens to swallow a bit, it is completely harmless, for we have made sure that the tooth gel contains nothing that could harm your baby.