Breastfeed your baby as soon as possible following delivery. Particularly in the first few days, it’s important to keep your baby skin-to-skin to calm and help your baby learn to recognize you. Many studies show the benefits of breastfeeding for both you and your baby. Breastfeeding will help you lose weight and bond with your baby, and it will help your baby by providing a good mix of nutrients and antibodies to protect against diseases.
Is Your Baby Eating Enough?
The stomach of a full-term baby is only the size of a cherry on day one and a walnut by day four. You will know that your baby is eating if you see signs of swallowing. Before producing milk, your breasts will make small, concentrated amounts of a substance called colostrum, an ideal combination of carbohydrates, proteins and antibodies.
How to Know When Your Baby Is Hungry
Babies let their mothers know when they are ready to eat. Watch for these signs of hunger:
- Smacking or licking lips
- Moving, squirming or stretching
- Bringing hands to the face or sucking on fists
- Opening and closing the mouth
- Turning the head from side to side
It’s normal for babies to be constantly hungry, particularly 12 to 24 hours after delivery and at night.
Have a Sleepover – Room-In
Learn to respond to your baby’s needs quickly and confidently by having your baby stay with you around the clock (including at night). Nurses are available to assist 24 hours a day, if you need help.
Weight Loss is Normal for Baby
Your baby will have some weight loss after delivery, which is normal. Your baby should be back to birth weight when 2-weeks old.
How Dads can Help
- Help mom rest and relax - When she’s not breastfeeding, let mom take a nap, hydrate and rest.
- Change diapers – Breastfeeding is time consuming, and a great way to help is by changing diapers.
- Treat her to something special – Bring breakfast, take baby for a walk or just give mom some quiet time. Small gestures will go a long way
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