Ardo works closely with healthcare professionals within the hospital environment, and we are proud to be an approved supplier to the NHS. Our Carum and Calypso electric breast pumps are used in NHS hospitals throughout the UK by healthcare professionals, within maternity and neonatal wards to help mums establish and maintain their breastmilk supplies, in milk banks, and children’s centres.
Many mums worry about whether the amount of breastmilk they are producing is enough to feed their baby. Ardo Belly Balls have been designed as a supportive teaching product to show how small the stomach of an infant is, and also to show that the amount of breastmilk they receive is, as a rule, completely sufficient.
The Belly Balls correspond to the estimated average size of a newborn's elastic stomach:
- on the first day: 5-7 ml
- on the third day: 22-27 ml
- on the fifth day: approx. 57ml.
It is a very common feeling amongst breastfeeding/expressing mums that they are not feeding their baby enough breastmilk, but rest-assured that healthy, full-term, newborn babies usually only need colostrum and breastmilk and do not require additional nourishment or fluids. The specialist and professional community are in complete agreement about this. In fact, the WHO (World Health Organisation) actually recommends that supplementary feeding be avoided because it may compromise successful breastfeeding.
One of the reasons new mums might have this concern is that during previous decades, additional fluids and starter-nourishment were routinely given to healthy, full-term babies, and so you might hear from family and older friends, that the reason your baby is unsettled, is because they are hungry. However, this is usually not the case – newborn babies often cry or are restless in the first few days after birth because they miss the close contact with the body-warmth and heartbeat of the mother. So rest assured, after your baby’s first week (during which they might have lost some of their birth weight), you will certainly be producing enough milk if your baby gains around 120-140g per week.
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