Week 2

Are you wishing you could find time for a shower?

At two weeks old, your baby is often the most demanding and you are the most warn out. You’ve had visitors, possibly surgery from a Cesarean-section and you probably haven’t slept more than 3 or 4 hours in a row for the past 10-14 days. This all adds up to being really tired and everything you do seems to be a big mountain to climb. Remember this will not be the way it is forever—it just seems like it.

In the first year of your baby’s life, most of the social time you spend with them will be when they are eating. (1) You have already experienced this over the past two weeks. If things aren’t going well with feeding your baby, it seems harder to take care of them – your relationship suffers. Hopefully, the information provided here will help you understand your baby better and thus making your job feeding them easier. And maybe you will get that shower in today . . .

Check out what your two week old baby is doing in the growth and development department, especially as it relates to eating.

It is typical for a two week old baby to have gone through a growth spurt. Often a dramatic increase in eating for 24-48 hours. If you get the dramatic version, your baby may have more frequent breastfeedings, like every 90 minutes, or longer feedings—think–I’ve had both sides, now I want to start over!  Try to go with their demand.  This will be over quickly. The only way they have of telling your body to make more milk, is to breastfeed more. This is a period of rapid growth and this is how they get your milk supply to keep up. Realize nothing is wrong with your milk supply. This is simply the process for increasing it.

Again if you have any concerns with breastfeeding or just want to make sure what your baby is doing is typical, you may want to check out the following topics: 

How often is your baby eating? Week 2

How many wet diapers are you change in 24 hours?

How many dirty diapers are you change in 24 hours?

Is your baby getting anything besides breast milk?

Giving baby something besides breastmilk.

Nipple confusion

Pacifiers

Weight Check, 2 Week

Growth spurt

As a mom of a two week old, these may be topics that you are wondering about with breastfeeding:

Are you experiencing any breast engorgement?

Are you experiencing any nipple soreness?

Could my nipple soreness be thrush?

A couple of things that may not have occurred to you, due to your current sleep deprivation, is to consider asking for help with any tasks that would make life run more smoothly, and to seek other mothers. As a new parent, you and your significant other may be too tired or lacking in energy to think about getting together with other parents for support. You may want to consider accomplishing tasks differently in your household or asking for what you need. Often those around us are willing to help, they just don’t know what would help. Don’t depend on mind reading–ask.

As discussed at the start of this newsletter—having a shower is a need! And if you can’t find time to take a shower—you are in need of some help. Also, you may not feel like you have the energy to go out with baby, but I encourage you to seek other mothers, to at least talk to and if at all possible connect with. We need someone to mother us for a while, while we become more accustom to handling our new job of being a new mother. Any new parent could use some care and support, someone to talk to or connect with. Think about finding that support.

Again, a few stories that might be of interest.  For others see Real Life Breastfeeding Stories.

Rest First

Help at Home

When soreness is something else—thrush.

Weighty Matters

Make things simpler

 References: 

  1. Satter, E, Developmental Guidelines for Feeding Infants and Young Children, National Live Stock & Meat Board Research/Nutrition Information Department Food & Nutrition News, Vol. 56, No.4, Sept/Oct 1984, p 1.

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

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