Week 2

Physiology of breastfeeding

As natural as breastfeeding is for our bodies, it certainly doesn’t feel natural in the beginning. Believe it or not, we aren’t born instinctively knowing how to do this, so having an abundance of knowledge, practice and support is crucial for long-term success. We strongly suggest contacting a local lactation consultant, as even experienced mothers encounter roadblocks.

Please understand that it will most likely be a bumpy start but will soon be second nature.

  • When the baby suckles on the nipple, your pituitary gland secretes a hormone known as prolactin, which then stimulates milk gland cells to produce milk in the breast.
  • Then the hormone oxytocin is released, causing the cells around the milk gland to squeeze milk out of the nipples, causing a “let-down,” often characterized by:
    • Tingling
    • Feeling of fullness in the breasts
    • Warm upper body sensation
  • Let-downs can also be caused by:
    • Hearing your baby – or any baby! – cry
    • Thinking of your baby when you’re away or looking at his or her picture – one of the most blatant examples of “mind over matter” your body will ever experience
    • Manual expression or a breast pump
    • Warm water (though typically only in the early days of breastfeeding)

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 The SINGLE study that link immunizations to autism has since been retracted and the author admitted to fraud and falsifying results.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