What an appetite!
For the first few weeks, it will feel like all you do is nurse. Your newborn should breastfeed 8 to 12 times a day, for 15 to 45 minutes. This feeding frenzy helps to establish a good milk supply and prepare you for nourishing your baby’s early growth spurt: most infants double their birth weight somewhere around 4 to 6 months of age. How do you tell if baby is getting enough? Simple—check her diaper. If she wets 6 to 8 diapers every day after the first week of life, she’s eating enough. Steady weight gain is another positive sign. After losing up to 10% of their birth weight in the first week, newborns should start to gain about 25 grams a day until they reach 3 months.
There’s nothing like it
Breastfeeding is like anything else you’ve never done before. Just keep at it, don’t be afraid to ask for help, stay positive, and remember that practice really does make perfect. Remind yourself that nursing is hard for many new Moms in the beginning, but that soon you’ll enjoy the intimacy and bonding. Plus, you can take comfort in knowing that you’re giving her the very best nutritional start.
01. Welcome
02. Table of Contents
03. DHA
04. Feeding baby
05. Breastfeeding
06. Nursing
07. There's nothing like it
08. Vitamin D
09. Formula feeding
10. Is your baby getting enough to eat?
11. Feeding problems fixed
12. Fuss busters
13. Why choose Enfamil A+
14. Get the scoop on your baby's poop
15. Learning language
16. Developmental milestones
17. Stimulating developmental milestones
18. Feeding time is bonding time
19. The art of sleep