Tips To Make Breastfeeding Work

Although breastfeeding is among the most natural acts in the world, it will still take practice. There is still a need for new mums to learn how to hold as well as support their baby in a very comfortable position.

Finding the right position that will work both for you and your infant is indeed well worth the effort. Besides, both of you will spend hours each day breastfeeding.

Time-Tested Breastfeeding Positions To Try

Cradle – This will require you to cradle the head of your baby with the crook of your arm. You have to sit in a chair with supportive armrests or perhaps on a bed with plenty of pillows. After that, rest your feet on a stool or other raised surface in order to avoid leaning down toward your baby. Hold her in a way that his face, stomach, and knees are directly facing you. As for his lower arm, place it under your own. To support his spine, neck, and bottom, you have to extend your hand and forearm down her back. Also, secure his knees against your body. This is considered the best position for babies who were delivered normally.

Cross-over or Cross-cradle – The difference of this position with cradle hold is that your arms will switch roles. When you are nursing from your right breast, you have to use your left hand and arm to hold your baby. His chest and tummy must face you directly by rotating his body. Guide his mouth to your breast by placing your thumb and fingers behind his head and ears. This hold will work well for infants or small babies who have trouble latching on.

Football or Clutch – In this position, you have to tuck your baby under your arm like a handbag or a football. First, position your baby at your side and under your arm. He must be facing you with her nose level and his feet pointing to your back. With your hand, support your baby’s neck, head and shoulders. And with a C-hold, guide him to your nipple, chin first. Be reminded though not to push him toward your breast so much so he won’t resist and arch his body against your hand. Support his upper back with your forearm. This position is best for mums who underwent a Cesarian section or if your baby has trouble latching.

Reclining – To feed your baby while lying on your side in bed, you have to ask help from someone to place some pillows behind your back for support. Also, put a pillow under your head and shoulders. Place another pillow in between your bent knees. Your main goal is to keep your hips and back straight. Let your baby face you, draw him close, and cradle his head using the hand of your bottom arm. In case your baby needs to be closer to your breast, you must place a pillow under his head. You might need to lift your breast so he can reach it comfortably. This position is best if you are recovering from a Cesarian or if sitting up is uncomfortable for you.

How To Helping Graduates Start On Solid Financial Ground

With graduation season drawing to a close, many recent graduates are making their first major decisions about the future – where to live, which job to take and how to spend their non-working hours. Stepping out on their own often comes with another big first – being financially independent. While this newfound control can be enjoyable, the added responsibilities may also be overwhelming. If your child is a new graduate, help him or her start off on solid financial ground with the following advice.

Study your employee benefits. For many recent grads, this is the first time they’ve been offered a 401(k), health insurance or the chance to purchase additional time off. Before enrolling in benefits, graduates need to research and understand their options. Graduates should remember that it’s okay to have questions, such as whether they should consider disability insurance or if a plan with a Health Savings Account (HSA) is the right fit. A good place to find information is through the human resources department or benefits provider. They will likely have the resources and staff available to help.

If graduates have questions specific to their financial situation, consider meeting with a financial professional. A financial advisor can provide objective advice and answers to more technical questions. Ultimately, graduates should have enough information and guidance to feel confident making their benefits selections.

Walk away from marketing pitches. One of the greatest financial risks for young adults is falling prey to special deals that sound too good to be true such as “zero-down,” “no payments until 2018,” and “buy one, get one free.” New graduates are prime targets for deals on everything from cell phone plans and furniture, to cars and houses. Graduates who are considering a purchase with a snazzy offer should ask the tough questions, “Am I ready for a new car, or am I considering a car because of this offer?” Those who decide to make a purchase should research the offer and compare it to competitors’ offers to make sure it’s a fair deal. In many cases the added interest and possible fees could make the price tag more than they “bargained” for.

Have a plan for your debt and credit. Graduates today have more student loan debt than previous generations, which means balancing their post-grad lifestyle with student loan payments is a top priority. Consider the value of consistently paying above the minimum amount due. Establishing this responsible habit can help avoid costly interest rate charges and late fees.

The same thinking should be applied to credit. It’s important for young adults to establish a good credit history, so opening a credit card can be a wise financial move. However, graduates should stick to one or two credit cards to avoid overextending their credit.

Develop a budget. New grads quickly learn that living on their own comes with a long list of expenses. And, that without careful planning it’s easy for their hard-earned paychecks to trickle away. Creating a budget can help young adults feel in control and accountable for their cash flow. Budgeting, while often a mundane task, allows graduates to ensure their money is being spent – or saved – on the items that are most important to them.

Sides Of Leaving And Cleaving

Very early in the Bible we find the Creator’s plan for humanity includes children eventually separating from parents and bonding with a life mate. We are to leave our original family and create a new family. This involves work by two generations, and it can be difficult work for both.

My mother liked to tell about me running away from home when I was only three years old. Mom had a season of panic while everyone frantically looked for me. Finally they found me several blocks away, visiting some nice people. This was the late 1940’s in a small Indiana town, so not quite the kind of horror it would be in Tulsa today. Still, Mom was far from ready for me to leave home.

When I did leave home about 15 years later to begin a four-year tour in the Navy, Mom was still not ready for me to leave. As she held on to me and cried uncontrollably at the bus station, I thought, “Surely boot camp can’t be that bad.” I later learned two things: first, Mom wasn’t crying about boot camp, and second, boot camp was that bad. Mom was having a very typically hard time letting go of her boy. In fact, as is often the case, she was having a harder time letting me go than I had leaving.

When my youngest child was just five or six years old he reasoned out the following rudiments of a life plan: when he became an adult, he would live in the house right next door to ours; his older brother and sister would live in the two houses across the street. He expected all the children would leave, but not very far. He is now in his mid 30’s; and he and all of his siblings live in different states. We have close relationships with our adult children, although not geographically close.

If our children are to leave us, they must be willing to leave, and we must let them leave. Clearly, there are two sides to this task, one for each generation. And this leaving is not purely geographical. It involves a radical transformation of the parent-child relationship.

The failure to accomplish this basic task is behind much family dysfunction. When we do not leave, we cannot cleave. That is, when we do not effectively transform the parent-child relationship (leave), we cannot effectively bond with a life mate (cleave). When children are inappropriately held on to by parents, their maturity may be impeded and generational resentments escalate.

The years of parenting our children are really to be years of preparation to release them. It is not a task to be initiated in their senior year of high school. We need years to practice letting go of them. We also need years to encourage their assumption of personal responsibilities.

We need to prepare our children with the life skills needed to live independent of us. Helping our children is good, but it is possible to help too much. If we do, we can inadvertently, yet effectively, teach helplessness. To exempt our children from natural challenges of life or the consequences of their irresponsibility, thwarts some of the character-building opportunities life naturally offers.

These tasks vary in their difficulty from person to person. Some parents can release their children fairly easily; others do it with great agony. Some children will separate from parents and assume responsibility for their lives easily and enthusiastically; others will need much encouragement to launch out on their own; and some even need nudged out of the nest. We can accomplish these tasks and so can our children. It is God’s will. Plan to do it, seeking God’s help.

God’s help comes in many ways. It comes directly as He leads our hearts in thought and action – this in response to our earnest pleas for His guidance. His help also comes through resources He has inspired, like books containing godly counsel, healthy support groups, and other supportive relationships. Seek the help He provides. He does provide.

Step on Being a Reliable Babysitter

Before deciding on a babysitting as a job, ask yourself if you enjoy spending time with kids, do you have an awareness of young children’s needs or do you want to babysit occasionally or find a regular babysitting position? With a bit of planning and coordination, babysitting can be fun and lucrative. Start from home – look after your siblings, pets, be a mother’s helper, begin babysitting from home. This way, your parents can watch how you care for the child, help you if you need it, and let you know when you’re ready to do it on your own.

1. Get educated: The first important step is to be educated thoroughly on childcare. Enroll for a babysitting class where they teach you everything from first aid to diaper changing and handling bad behavior.

2. Get organised and set up a schedule: Take a calendar and mark your free days and times, so you know when exactly you are available.

3. Select a rate: Plan on the options either flat rate hourly wages or per child wage, per hour. Get a feel of the competition, see what is suitable and quote accordingly.

4. Set up a get-to-know-parents meeting: Get all the information about the parents, their names and contact numbers, emergency addresses and contact. Fill out a health form about the kids. Chart out the child/children’s schedule meal times, homework and bedtime. Take a tour of the house to know where the different safety equipment, first aid kit and fire extinguisher are kept.

5. Spend time knowing the kids: Talk to them, ask questions the kid should warm up to you. Try developing a rapport and think up some strategies to make your time smooth.

6. Create an activity bag or box that you bring along to every job: A major part of babysitting involves playing with kids and keeping them entertained. Parents love babysitters who help kids have fun, at the same time reinforcing rules and keeping discipline.

7. Keep the kids entertained and engaged in fun projects: Tell stories because Kids love stories. Make fun snacks or simple dinners together. Before that check for any food allergies or any food limits the children may have.

You can also plan on a few games that are easy and ready to play. Craft activities are a good way to keep the kids busy and happy. Take them to the playground if the parents are OK with it.

8. Follow a schedule: It is best to stick to the rules and routine of the house.

9. Keep safe: The best way to keep the children safe is to keep an eye on them at all times while they are awake. After you put them to bed, check on them every 15 to 30 minutes to ensure everything is okay and that they are sleeping.

10. Tidy up the place before you leave: You are not a housekeeper, but make sure to tidy up any messes before leaving. The parents will appreciate returning home to a clean house.