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  1. Breast-Feeding - How to Breast-Feed

    You may sometimes doubt your ability to successfully breast - feed. It is common to have questions and occasional struggles. Remember, most breast - feeding issues are easily resolved when you know what to expect and have support from others.Getting started and keeping it upYou may be unsure about how to begin breast - feeding. A lactation consultant is available at many hospitals and birthing cen

  2. Breast-Feeding - When To Call a Doctor

    Call your doctor now if you have: Increasing pain in one area of the breast. Increasing redness in one area of the breast or red streaks extending away from an area of the breast. Drainage of pus from the nipple or another area of the breast. A fever of 101°F (38.3°C) or higher. Call your doctor today if you have: Breast problems,such as cracked and bleeding nipples or blisters on your ...

  3. Baby's Daily Needs: What to Expect - Topic Overview

    To help establish and maintain a predictable daily schedule, respond to your baby's needs and try to reinforce your baby's natural habits.EatingFrom birth, babies 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.How often your baby needs to eat will depend on your baby's age and how hungry he or she is at that moment. As your newborn grows, you can try these tips:At about 3 weeks, you can try delaying feeding for a short time by cuddling or talking with your newborn. Your newborn's nervous system is mature enough that he or she can wait longer between feedings and interact with you more at this age. Take cues from your baby. Don't force your baby to engage with you when he or she is not responding and appears to be very hungry.You might

  4. Breast-Feeding - Feeding Patterns

    Prenatal visitsAt your prenatal visits, talk to your doctor about your plans to breast - feed. Make sure he or she is knowledgeable and is able to guide you through the planning and initiation process. Ask for recommendations on books, classes, or support groups. You may also be referred to a lactation consultant.A breast exam is a routine part of all first prenatal visits. Breast lumps and cysts

  5. Growth and Development, Newborn - When to Call a Doctor

    Call your doctor immediately if you notice anything that concerns you. You are the expert on your baby. Although usually everything is fine, do not be afraid to contact your health professional for any reason. Physical problems to watch for in your newborn include: An umbilical cord stump that looks infected, as is indicated by pus or reddened skin at the base of the cord.Signs of dehydration, ...

  6. Breast-Feeding - 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. How to breast - feed ...

  7. Growth and Development, Newborn - Common Concerns

    Although you may feel prepared for your baby, the reality of the constant care a newborn needs can shock many parents. A newborn affects your life in ways that simply can't be anticipated. It is only through experience that parents can fully understand the impact of these new responsibilities and how your expected roles change. It is normal to shift frequently between feeling confident and ...

  8. Growth and Development, Newborn - Topic Overview

    What kinds of development occur in my baby's first month?Babies are called newborns during their first month of life. Although your newborn sleeps a lot, powerful changes are occurring in the five major areas of development.Physical development. Don't be alarmed if your newborn loses some weight shortly after birth. This weight usually is regained within 10 to 12 days. Most newborns gain about to

  9. Growth and Development, Newborn - Routine Checkups

    WebMD describes newborn tests and screening, the birth examination and routine doctor visits your baby needs. Learn about types of newborn tests, like screening blood tests for inherited diseases, and immunizations doctors will give your newborn baby.

  10. Breast-Feeding - Pumping and Storing

    During pregnancyPrenatal visits are a good time to talk to your doctor about your breast - feeding plans. Ask about breast - feeding classes and other resources, such as a breast - feeding support group.If you develop any unusual lumps or cysts in your breast, have them evaluated by your doctor. Although you can expect some breast changes (such as increased size and tenderness) during pregnancy, t

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