Getting to know your newborn
Being a mom is one of life’s most beautiful experiences. The first few weeks with a newborn baby can be a veritable rollercoaster of discovery, and leave you with a lot of questions you forgot to ask at the hospital. If you need a little help, read on for the answer to some newborn niggles.
Whether you are a first-time breastfeeding mom or an experienced pro, nursing will be different with each baby. Some babies have more trouble than others. If your baby keeps coming off the breast, or if it feels like your baby has been replaced with a little shark, then your baby isn’t latching on properly.
To ensure a proper latch, tickle your baby’s lip with your finger or nipple, when they open wide be sure their lips are turned outward, not in. If you can’t see your baby’s full lip around your nipple, then chances are you’ll end up with biting or sore nipples. Ouch! If you still have trouble, consult a lactation professional who may be able to help both you and baby get the hang of nursing.
Umbilical cord care
Caring for the delicate belly button area can make even the more practiced parents squeamish. Remember to be really careful when giving your newborn a bath. Take special care around the base of the cord, keeping it as dry as possible ensuring it is completely dry after bathing, before dressing.
Don’t be alarmed if you accidentally pull the remaining cord off in too-quick a wipe, a little blood is okay, but otherwise have it checked by your GP or public health nurse. If the cord stump area is pus-filled, smells bad, red and swollen, or if it seems tender to the touch, seek medical advice on how to further care for it.
At this early stage, your baby will sleep for most of the day and night. This isn’t cause for concern, especially when you think about all the new things your baby is learning how to do each day. If your baby sleeps without waking to feed every 3-5 hours you should consult your doctor or public health nurse, as sometimes failure to maintain blood sugars can make little ones sleepy. This is usually only seen in babies who are premature.
These first few weeks won’t be easy, but they will be a joy you’ll never forget. From napping when you can to trying to sneak in a little snack time while baby's feeding, remember to enjoy every moment because these early days really do go fast. This is just the beginning, and there will be many more firsts, happy memories and fun to be had in the future! All views are those of the author.
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