You’re home with your sweet bundle of joy and probably have more questions than answers. It won’t be long before you notice a trend – in those first few days and weeks it’s all about what’s going into the baby, and what’s coming out. We want to make sure your baby is healthy and gaining weight. Here are some general guidelines to help you during those first days and weeks of feeding a newborn.
Breastfeeding your baby
Breastfeeding is a great source of nutrition for your baby, but it’s also a tremendous opportunity to bond with your newborn. We encourage moms to try breastfeeding. While some mothers and babies immediately get into a breastfeeding groove, most take a little more time and need some support to successfully breastfeed. Mott offers a Breastfeeding Support Clinic and lactation consultants to help. If you choose not to breastfeed or if for whatever reason it doesn’t work out, don’t worry, bottle feeding is also a great option.
How do I know if my baby is getting enough to eat?
The best way to monitor that is to track the number of wet diapers each day. Continue reading →
In a recent two-week span, nine infants in Wayne County died due to unsafe sleeping conditions. Nationally, an estimated 4,500 infants die each year due to unsafe sleep environments. This is the leading cause of preventable death for infants. These tragedies are preventable and a strong reminder to brush up on safe sleeping practices.
Babies need their own safe sleep environment — alone on a firm sleep surface with a fitted sheet, on their backs with no crib bumpers, no stuffed toys, no plush blankets and no pillows. In order to cover your baby, you can use an appropriately-sized sleep sack (some have swaddling flaps for younger infants) or cover your baby with a thin blanket (as long as the blanket is under the baby’s armpits, tucked in the sides of the crib and the baby’s feet are at the end of the crib).
My daughter had just turned 1 when I spent a month working on the trauma service during my Pediatric Emergency Medicine fellowship. She was not yet 20 pounds so I still had her in a rear-facing car seat. I asked one of the head trauma surgeons when he would recommend I turn my daughter around so she was facing forward in the car. His response surprised me. He said, “If I could, I would ride rear-facing in a 5-point harness.”
Thinking about it some, it makes sense. If you are in a front end crash, your car comes to a stop and you keep moving forward until you come in contact with your seat belt. If you are not wearing a seat belt you will stop against the interior of the car, or worse yet something outside of the vehicle. When children are riding in a rear-facing seat, the force of stopping in a crash is spread out over the whole surface of their back – not just the points where their body contacts the straps.
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