Week 2

Your milk

The most amazing thing about breast milk (besides the fact that your body automatically produces it, whether you want it or not!) is that it contains the exact nutrients your baby needs when he or she needs it.

Colostrum

  • Once your breast milk comes in, the initial milk your baby will get at each feeding is called foremilk.
  • Often a yellow or clear color, this type of milk is extremely high in protein, easy to digest and loosens the mucus in your baby.
  • It also serves as a laxative to clear the intestinal tract and contains infection-fighting antibodies.

Foremilk

  • Colostrum is the beginner milk that is produced during the first two to four days before your milk officially comes in.
  • It’s thin, watery and often has a blue hue to it.
  • Composed mostly of water, foremilk is designed to quench your baby’s thirst before the hearty hindmilk comes in.

Hindmilk

  • Hindmilk automatically starts flowing several minutes after the foremilk, providing your baby with the fat and nutrients needed for adequate weight gain.
  • Thicker and creamier, hindmilk will help your baby feel full, satisfied and calm.

Pumping and Storing

There’s no need to pump and store right now as your milk supply is being established, because the more you pump, the more you produce. We’ll cover that in future weeks.

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 The SINGLE study that link immunizations to autism has since been retracted and the author admitted to fraud and falsifying results.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