Breast Feeding Tips
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends "exclusive breast-feeding for four to six months and then continued
At the beginning of lactation, normal progression includes colostrum (learning milk) for the first 3 days and milk on the 4th day.
Feed the baby every 2 – 3 hours initially to increase milk supply and decrease the risk of breast engorgement.
Early signals of hunger from your baby such as sucking on the fist or rooting should be considered a time to breastfeed.
Follow your baby's wet and stool diapers. Record them the first week.
If you are beast feeding, your baby will need daily supplementation
If you choose not to breastfeed or if you stop nursing before your baby's first birthday, infant formula provides the best alternative to breast milk.
Formula fed babies usually feed every 3 – 4 hours and finish a
Cow's milk is not recommended until your baby's first birthday.
Keep in mind, that babies don't need to be fed every time they cry. When a baby cries for a short period of time on a regular basis, he may just need more milk at each feeding. He also may be protesting that his diaper is wet or that he is too hot.
Burping your baby helps remove air swallowed during feeding.
The best gauge of good nutrition is growth.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that babies be positioned on their backs when sleeping and use a pacifier in their mouths.
* Do not dip the pacifier in sugar or honey.
Umbilical Cord Care
Call us right away if the cord is foul-smelling or if you see redness around the navel.
Call us immediately if your baby:
* has rectal temperature + 100.4 F