Week 2

How do I know the baby is getting enough to eat?

This is one of the most common concerns, especially considering our breasts aren’t equipped with measuring markers. There are many indications that should put your mind at ease, so make sure the baby:

  • Eats every one to three hours and sleeps no more than three hours between feedings during the day.
  • Wets five to six disposable diapers or six to eight cloth diapers with urine that is light yellow.
  • Has two to four loose, grainy, mustard-colored stools a day.
  • Is audibly swallowing.
  • Is emptying each breast – you’ll feel the breast become softer.
  • Seems satisfied at the end of each feeding and generally content in between.
  • Doesn’t fall asleep as soon as he or she starts noshing.

Most importantly, watch for your baby’s cues. Look for hunger signs like putting his or her hand to mouth, rooting (a reflex where his or her head will turn to your hand – mouth agape – when you touch his or her cheek), and, of course, crying. However, make sure you’re not using food as a fix-all and that there isn’t a diaper that needs changing or gas that needs burping.

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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 The SINGLE study that link immunizations to autism has since been retracted and the author admitted to fraud and falsifying results.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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