December 2020 Fun Facts

Nutrition & Wellness

WIC Library

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Introducing a Bottle to the Breastfed Baby

If you are returning to work or school, or are planning to be away from baby for more than a few hours, you may need to offer a bottle of expressed breast milk. Use these tips to help introduce the bottle.

Watch for Signs of Hunger: Offer the bottle when baby is showing early signs of hunger. Catch them when they are highly motivated and hungry, but not starving! Try offering bottle right when baby wakes up since many babies naturally suckle at this time.

Ask for Help: Ask a partner, grandparent, or friend to give the bottle. When mom tries, baby may expect the breast.

Taste: Put a drop of milk on the lip or tongue so baby can taste what they are about to get. Try changing the temperature of the milk.

Try New Bottles & Nipples: There are many options on the market. Ask your friends if you can try ones they have used. Try different nipple flows. A slower flow may keep from overwhelming the baby, but if you have a strong let-down, a faster flow may work best. Try warming the bottle nipple in a warm glass of water to soften the silicone.

Happy Cues: Babies can read your emotions. If you are nervous or frustrated, baby might sense this. Talk in a soothing voice and smile to make a calm atmosphere.

Change the Scene: Babies are used to nursing in particular places. When giving a bottle try a new location – new room, new chair, outside. If baby is where they are usually breastfed, they may refuse the bottle.

Stop Signs: Crying, Tongue Thrusting, Arching Back. If taking longer than 10 minutes, take a break and try again later.

Think Outside the Bottle: If less than 6 months, use a spoon, syringe, or finger feeder. If older than 6 months go right to a cup (with your help). If older than 9 months, try a straw.


Creamy Pork and Cauliflower Potato Soup

  • 1 boneless pork chop, thawed
  • 1 1/3 cups potatoes
  • 3 1/2 cups cauliflower
  • 1 stalk of celery
  • 1/2 cup chopped carrot
  • 1/2 cup onion
  • 14 – 16 oz. can broth (choose low-sodium for a healthier option)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika (optional)
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 2 cups milk

Step 1: Wash prep area, your hands, and all vegetables.
Step 2: Chop up the potatoes, cauliflower, and onion.
Step 3: Slice celery and carrots.
Step 4: Cut pork chop into bite-sized cubes.
Step 5: In a soup pot or deep sauce pan, combine all of the ingredients except milk.
Step 6: Use a food thermometer to check the internal temperature of the pork. Once the pork reaches 145 degrees Fahrenheit and vegetables are cooked, remove most of the cauliflower.
Step 7: Place the cauliflower in a blender with the milk.
Step 8: Pour the cauliflower mixture back into the soup, stir, and enjoy!

Source: Health eKitchen