Week 1

Welcome to a brand new world with baby in it

Hopefully, your transition to having your baby at home is going well. This information is meant to help guide you through the first few days of feeding your baby. It will give you things to watch for and ways to make yourself more comfortable and what to expect in the near future.

Each age-related newsletter will include a baby picture. A snapshot of your baby’s growth and development. This may help you understand their behavior, especially as it relates to feeding them. A baby picture of your one week old.

It is typical for your baby to eat 8 or more times in 24 hours (1) and have at least 3 dirty diapers (1) in order to be doing well and gaining weight. You might want to know what is normally expected with regard to:

How do you know your baby is getting enough to eat?

How breastmilk is made

How often is your baby eating? Week 1

How many dirty diapers are you changing in 24 hours when breastfeeding?

How many wet diapers are you changing in 24 hours when breastfeeding?

You may also have questions about your own comfort when feeding your baby. Are you experiencing any breast engorgement? Do you have any nipple soreness? If you do, the links explain ways to decrease the discomfort. After delivery, you may have needed to take pain medication and may wonder about its effect on breastfeeding. The medications & drug use when breastfeeding link can assist you with finding information Your comfort when breastfeeding is very important and you want to get help with anything that is making it difficult to breastfeed your baby. Check where to find breastfeeding help if you are. You don’t need to suffer.

Is your baby getting anything besides breastmilk? Unless your healthcare provider has directed you otherwise, possibly Vitamin D supplementation, your baby doesn’t need anything besides breastmilk.

Usually, between 1-2 weeks of age your baby will have a newborn weight check with your healthcare provider. While you are there, if you are giving baby something besides breastmilk make sure your healthcare provider is aware of it. Just like using a pacifier before baby is 3-4 weeks old, if you have given your baby something besides breastmilk or breastmilk in a bottle be aware that introducing a bottle, just like using a pacifier, can cause nipple confusion. (2)

You may also have questions about your own comfort when feeding your baby. Are you experiencing any breast engorgement? Do you have any nipple soreness? If you do, the links explain ways to decrease the discomfort. After delivery, you may have needed to take pain medication and may wonder about its effect on breastfeeding. The medications & drug use when breastfeeding link can assist you with finding information Your comfort when breastfeeding is very important and you want to get help with anything that is making it difficult to breastfeed your baby. Check where to find breastfeeding help if you are. You don’t need to suffer.

Is your baby getting anything besides breastmilk? Unless your healthcare provider has directed you otherwise, possibly Vitamin D supplementation, your baby doesn’t need anything besides breastmilk.

Usually, between 1-2 weeks of age your baby will have a newborn weight check with your healthcare provider. While you are there, if you are giving baby something besides breastmilk make sure your healthcare provider is aware of it. Just like using a pacifier before baby is 3-4 weeks old, if you have given your baby something besides breastmilk or breastmilk in a bottle be aware that introducing a bottle, just like using a pacifier, can cause nipple confusion. (2)

I wish I’d known about pacifiers.

Engorgement is NOT breast cancer.

I can’t tell if this diaper is wet?

Uric acid crystals.

When baby is sleeping, I should be sleeping.

I’m so glad you told me about growth spurts.

References:

  1. Mohrbacher, N, Stock, J, La Leche League International The Breastfeeding Answer Book, 3rd Revised Edition, Schaumburg, IL, La Leche League International, Jan 2003. pp 36, 158.
  2. Kleinman, RF, Greer, FR, Pediatric Nutrition, 7th edition, Elk Grove Village, IL, American Academy of Pediatrics: 2014, p 51.

Written by Sherri L. Gartner, RD, IBCLC  Copyright 2015

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