As you know we recently announced our partnership with Perrigo Nutritionals, a leading global healthcare supplier and manufacturer of infant formula and nutritional products. Perrigo Nutritionals is the largest supplier of Store Brand Infant Formula and nutrition products in the world. I had the opportunity to interview Tammy Gold, who is a parenting expert and author of the new book, Secrets of the Nanny Whisperer. I am excited to share what I learned with you. If you are expecting a baby or know someone who is, this information will be useful.
A new baby is one of the greatest joys for new parents, but adjusting to life with your new baby can be stressful, especially for the 75% of American moms who return to work after their pregnancies. Tammy shares with us tips on how to achieve the perfect balance of a happy baby and a happy mom.
How to achieve the perfect balance of a happy baby and a happy mom
Q: What are the biggest stressors that new moms face?
A: Being a new mom is the biggest responsibility that you have. It is easy to keep your new babies diapers changed and to keep your new baby warm but feeding is difficult.
Q: Why is feeding your new baby such a huge stress, and what tips do you have to cope and help alleviate that stress?
A: Failure to thrive, stomach pain, or a reaction to something that the mother eats can be a huge challenge for babies. With infant formula, people get hung up on the formula brand or what brand they are given at the hospital. All baby formula brands meet the same FDA requirements. If new moms are breastfeeding, stress can cause problems with latching.
Q: What is the difference between advertised name brand and store brand formulas? Why don’t they give store brand formulas to new moms in the hospital?
A: When you do the research, you will find that the infant formulas are nutritionally comparable. The doctors recognize the quality of store brand infant formulas; they just don’t receive free formula samples in hospitals or in their practices. Only advertised name brands have free formula, hospital sampling programs. The makers of store brand infant formulas don’t participate in formula sampling programs because they do not want to influence a mom’s decision-making in the hospital soon their baby is born. From an economic perspective, the reality of store brand formula, which is less expensive, passes the savings along to retailers and their customers.
Q: Sometimes when a baby cries, you just have no idea what the cause is. How do you crack the code of why a baby is crying?
A: Parents should log when their baby eats daily. As a parent, keeping a log will help you figure out what the problem is. If your baby seems to be crying at the same time daily after being fed, or experiencing added spit up after feedings, or if you are noticing a distended stomach, logging will help you recognize the pattern. As a new parent, your days merge from one day to the next, but if you keep a log, you will have more information to share with your pediatrician.
Q: When you have a new baby, it seems like every second of your life now belongs to that baby. Why is making time for yourself so important?
A: New moms need time for themselves. Sleep deprivation and stress will make an infant’s cortisol rise. It is important for new moms to take time to shower daily. It is also important to take a walk around the block or get fresh air. When you are tired you may accidentally feed your baby the wrong amount of formula. Ask for help a friend. Don’t worry about a clean house. Nap when they nap. Don’t stress out with the formula. A way to help is to purchase the store brand so you are not as stressed out about what you are spending on formula.
Q: Where can new parents go for more information?
Parents can go to www.storebrandformula.com to learn more. They will learn all infant formulas sold in the United States meet the same FDA requirements. They can also use innovative tools, like baby formula and savings calculators, as well as free baby formula coupons at participating retailers. You can also learn about different types of formulas. Always speak with your child’s pediatrician when making infant feeding decisions.
One of the best pieces of advice that I was given as a new mom was from my mother. She told me to sleep when Peyton slept. I thought that was strange at first, but I did it. When Peyton took a nap, I took a nap. By doing this it really helped me to have the energy to care for Peyton on the occasions when he was up multiple times in the night. I learned it doesn't matter if you have a clean house or if everything is perfect and in order, but what does matter is that new moms need to get their rest even when their babies aren't on a "regular schedule." Never be afraid to ask for help. Another tip is to prepare freezer meals before your birth. This way you don't have to stress out about what is for dinner after the birth of your baby.
We hope these tips along with Tammy Gold’s insight will help you to achieve the perfect balance of a happy baby and a happy mom.
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on behalf of Perrigo; however all opinions are 100% our own.