Huge thanks to Nikki for writing about Belly Balls:
Belly balls as a resource for new mums and antenatally are fab!! Nothing else explains how tiny babies tummys really are in the early days.
- Day 1 is a small marble, holding approx 5-7ml, tummy doesn’t stretch and grows with baby.
- Day 3 is a bigger marble and holds around 10ml,
- Day 10 is a ping pong ball and holds around 15ml.
This is from my set;This tool makes it easy for new parents to visualise the sizeof their newborns stomach and how much milk it can hold at birth. This reinforces that supplements are not neededand that colostrum, the earlymilk, is more tha enough to meet a newborn’s needs. But there is more; Researches have found on Day 1, the newborn’s stomach does not stretch to hold more as it will even a day or two later. This explains the experience of countless hspital nurseswho have learned the hard way that when newborns are fed an ounce or two by bottle during the first day of life, most of it comes back up. The walls of the newborns stomach stay firm, expelling extra milk rather than stretching to hold it.
Nikki says the problem that arises in 2011, is that Ardo change their balls, with very outdated research to Day 3 holding 22-27ml and day 10 a WHOPPING 60-81ml.
So upon the old research on the pack, our PCT and NHS decided to stick with the older ones. As to state such a MASSIVE leap in amounts with old research is just silly.
They are a fab resource! Nikki