Week 2

Frequency and duration of feeding

  • Nurse every two to three hours, with one four- or five-hour stretch at night if possible.
  • Encourage your baby to nurse 8 to 12 times in a 24-hour period.
  • Feed on demand rather than on a strict hourly schedule. This is a trial period where your body is getting used to the needs of your baby, not the other way around.
  • Try to feed for at least 10 minutes per side.
  • When you record the length of nursing, time the feeding from the beginning of one feed to the beginning of the next. So in reality, “eating every two hours” means that if one session lasts 45 minutes, the next session will start in an hour and 15 minutes.
  • Even if your baby stops and rests for five minutes, count it as part of the total nursing time. It’s unlikely that your baby will continuously suck for 30 straight minutes.
  • Encourage your baby to feed on each breast, but the most important factor is the baby’s contentment. If only one breast was served, start the next feeding on the other side.
  • To release the latch, insert your finger into the corner of the baby’s mouth between the gums to break the suction. Attempting to pull the nipple out while the baby is still latched on will most definitely traumatize the nipple, causing scabbing, cracking and pain.

Growth spurts

  • Your baby will have occasional growth spurts, when the baby will want to nurse more often.
  • Expect this at 7 to 10 days, 3 to 6 weeks, and 3 to 6 months.
  • It’s important to listen to your baby’s needs and feed as often as he or she wants. Don’t worry, your baby will return to a normal pattern in a few days.

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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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