Feeding Your Infant - Topic Overview
From birth,infants follow their internal hunger and fullness cues. They eat when they're hungry and stop eating when they're full. Experts agree that newborns should be fed on demand. This means that you breast- or bottle-feed your infant whenever he or she shows signs of hunger,rather than setting a strict schedule. You let your infant stop feeding at will,even if there is milk left in ...
Weaning - Health Tools
Health Tools help you make wise health decisions or take action to improve your health. Actionsets are designed to help people take an active role in managing a health condition. Healthy Eating: Helping Your Child Learn Healthy Eating Habits ...
Breast-Feeding: When Baby Doesn't Want to Stop - Topic Overview
Sometimes a mother wants to stop breast-feeding,but her baby shows signs of wanting to continue. If possible,continue breast-feeding a while longer. If this is not possible,the following suggestions may help you: Offer breast milk pumped from your breast,formula,or cow's milk (if your baby is more than 12 months old) in a cup or bottle before you breast-feed or between breast-feedings. ...
Hydrocele - Topic Overview
What is a hydrocele?A hydrocele is a painless buildup of watery fluid around one or both testicles that causes the scrotum or groin area to swell. Although this swelling may be unsightly and uncomfortable, it usually is not painful and generally is not dangerous. Although hydroceles are common in newborns, they can also occur at any age in later life.What causes a hydrocele?The cause of most ...
Overfeeding a Baby - Topic Overview
Overfeeding a baby often causes the baby discomfort because he or she can't digest all of the breast milk or formula properly. When fed too much, a baby may also swallow air, which can produce gas, increase discomfort in the belly, and lead to crying. An overfed baby also may spit up more than usual and have loose stools. Although crying from discomfort is not colic, it can make crying more frequent and more intense in an already colicky baby.Babies give cues during feeding that indicate how hungry they are. Pay attention to these cues to help determine when your baby has had enough to eat.A baby who is hungry will latch on to the breast or bottle and suck continuously.A baby who is getting full during a feeding will take longer pauses between sucking.A baby who is full will turn away from the breast or bottle and not want to suck.The amount of food each baby needs varies. Young babies usually do not take more breast milk or formula than they need. In general, your baby should seem
Mastitis While Breast-Feeding - Home Treatment
From the time you begin breastfeeding until your baby is weaned, take measures to prevent mastitis.
Bottle-Feeding - Routine Checkups
Your baby needs routine medical checkups. During these checkups (called well baby visits), your baby's height, weight, and head circumference will be measured to determine whether he or she is growing at the expected rate. At each well baby visit, talk to your doctor about your baby's nutritional needs, which change as he or she grows and develops. For example, babies between 4 and 6 months of ...
Postpartum: First 6 Weeks After Childbirth - Postpartum Checkup
Your doctor will want to see you for a checkup 2 to 6 weeks after delivery. This visit allows for your doctor or midwife to check on your recovery from childbirth and see how you are doing emotionally. You may have a pelvic exam to make sure that you are healing well. If you had a C-section,your doctor will check your incision. Your doctor or midwife will talk with you about birth control ...
Postpartum: First 6 Weeks After Childbirth - When to Call a Doctor
Call anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example,call if: You have sudden,severe pain in your belly. You passed out (lost consciousness). Call your doctor now or seek immediate medical care if: You have severe vaginal bleeding. You are passing blood clots and soaking through a pad each hour for 2 or more hours. Your vaginal bleeding seems to be getting heavier or is still ...
Postpartum: First 6 Weeks After Childbirth - Topic Overview
What is postpartum? During the first weeks after giving birth,your body begins to heal and adjust to not being pregnant. This is called postpartum (or the postpartum period). Your body goes through many changes as you recover. These changes are different for every woman. The first weeks after childbirth also are a time to bond with your baby and set up a routine for caring for your baby. ...