Week 2

Feeding: Breast, Bottle, or Both?

Although breastfeeding has the upside of passing your antibodies on to your baby, a formula-fed baby will still grow and thrive without this benefit. Of course breastfeeding is natural, healthy and optimal, so it would be wonderful if we lived in a world where it was easy for everyone to do so; but let’s be honest: There are obstacles and road blocks (like work schedules, health complications and a rare inability to produce milk), that can sometimes make breastfeeding impossible. As long as you make the decision based on what best fits your lifestyle and ultimately benefits your baby, there’s no need for guilt or shame.

No matter what you decide to feed the baby:

  • Feeding skin-to-skin will benefit your newborn’s development and help to foster an emotional bond – whether the milk is coming from a breast or a bottle, a man or a woman.
  • Follow your baby’s lead on how much he or she wants.
  • When your baby momentarily takes a break and unlatches, allow them to suckle on your breast or a bottle before ending the feeding session.
  • Your baby will most likely have growth spurts between 7 and 10 days, 3 to 6 weeks and 3 to 6 months. He or she will want to eat more often, and it’s important to oblige. Don’t worry, his or her normal eating pattern will resume soon enough.
  • Make sure that your baby is frequently burped during and after a feeding. Find whichever way works best for your baby, but the most common burping methods are:

Wanting to switch from the breast to the bottle

The beginning of breastfeeding can be trying for sure, and many women contemplate throwing in the towel (especially when extreme exhaustion and baby blues are thrown in the mix.) If the thought of continuing feels impossible, know that the beginning breastfeeding bumps are almost always smoothed by six weeks, and being in contact with a local lactation consultant and/or support group can be monumentally helpful. However, if you still decide to quit after giving it a go, make whatever decision feels right for you and your family.

5 Tips to Reduce Milk Production:

If you’re opting out of breastfeeding, you’ll once again experience the joys of engorgement until your body takes the hint to stop producing milk. To cope during this uncomfortable time:

  • Apply cold compresses, either with cold cabbage leaves or a cold gel pack.
  • Do not pump. The more milk your body releases, the more it will make.
  • Do not bind your breasts. Keep circulation flowing with a well-fitting, supportive bra (most likely in a much bigger size than normal). Binding your breasts could lead to a painful breast infection or clogged milk ducts.
  • Reduce swelling with ice for 15 minutes, 3-4 times a day. Check with your doctor about taking ibuprofen or another pain reliever.

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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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