Week 2

Correct position and latch

  • First and foremost, make sure you’re sitting in a comfortable chair with a glass of water. Also, keep a pen and paper to record which side you fed on and for how long on each. You’ll want to make sure you feed equally from both sides to even out milk production.
  • Find a comfortable position for the baby (click here for a visual guide), but we’ve found the cross-cradle and football holds to be the easiest with newborns.
  • With one hand, support your breast by cupping underneath. Keep your fingers away from your nipple.
  • Hold your baby by putting the heel of your other hand between your baby’s shoulders, holding him or her with the palm of your hand. Let the baby’s head fall between your thumb and forefinger.
  • Make sure the baby’s neck is in extension, with his or her chin pointing at the breast and eyes looking up.
  • Point your nipple at his or her nose and quickly bring the baby to your breast. Do not bring your breast to the baby.
  • The baby’s bottom lip should take in about an inch of your breast below the nipple and his or her chin should be buried in your breast.
  • We strongly recommend seeing a lactation consultant to make sure you have the latch correct, since an incorrect latch or unlatch is the main reason for nipple pain.

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3 thoughts on “Caring for Your Newborn: A complete guide to the second week with your new baby

  1. Nichole Chester says:

    I notice they didn’t mention much about breast feeding. You may want to bring a pump (I have a single one that I pack) nursing pads, and nipple cream. I keep one tube of nipple cream in the bag, along with a handful of nursing pads to be on the safe side. If you are traveling… You may also want to use storage bags for milk and keep an electric bottle warmer in the car (for those times you want a break and others to feed the baby)

  2. Mrs. Kate says:

    Great post and you share good guiding tips of newborn baby care.

  3. Alexis says:

    I take issue with the point about immunizations where ou recommend “know both sides of the story” then recommend reading the literature. If you read the studies, there is only one side to the story, and that is that immunization provides the best protection against life threatening illness and is one of the major success stories of modern medicine. The SINGLE study that link immunizations to autism has since been retracted and the author admitted to fraud and falsifying results.
    This is like recommending that people know both sides of the story as to whether or not the world is round.

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