Your newborn baby
For a baby that's just been born, it's difficult to adapt to the world outside the womb. The excess of crying sometimes overwhelms, but be patient and accept that crying is your baby's way of trying to talk to you. It's a common and natural behavior, so don't focus on the cries as being negative, rather try to understand and learn what your baby wants.
Your baby during this month
Your baby can get hungry, tired, cranky, crappy or just plain uncomfortable - so crying is the only way to communicate with you so far. Later on the cries will decrease and your baby will find new ways of talking to you, so stick with it and stay patient.
Crying usually happens mostly in the evenings, but can happen in the day as well, you should try to understand what your baby needs, fulfill them then relax. There's no need for worry unless of course your baby gets a fever, starts to vomit, gets a diarrhea, gets injured, or just shows some really odd behavior. In these cases you must speak to your doctor, otherwise you're all your baby needs.
You'll notice your baby's crying starts to augment when it's two to three weeks old. The rate of crying should peak when it's a month and a half to two months old, and start diminishing after that until it's almost three months old.
Tips for you during this month
Your baby has just been born; in that first hour of life you must breastfeed your baby. It's the most nutritious food you can give your new baby. At this time your little one's suckling reflex is very strong, as are his appetite and awareness of his surroundings.
The more often you feed your baby, the more milk your body creates, so always drink up on fluids to give your baby a rich milk supply. On average, infants feed every 2 to 3 hours per day, but each child is unique, so feed as often as your newborn seems hungry.
Here are some general rules to follow when breastfeeding:
- Make sure your baby can still breathe correctly, don't block the baby's nose.
- Touch your baby's lips with your nipple gently until she opens her mouth.
- Hold your baby close to your body. Place your nipple deep in the baby's mouth.
- You should see and hear small sucking movement.
- To stop your baby from feeding, slowly place your finger in the corner of her mouth.
- If you're feeling any pain, your baby's mouth is probably gripping on the nipple instead of on the breast, break the handle as we explained above and correct your position.
- When your baby starts feeling full, it will slow down. That's a great time to switch to your second breast. You can try burping her before the change.
- Burping helps your baby get rid of gas, and decreases spit up. You should try to burp your baby each time after you feed her, carefully put her high on your shoulder and start patting her back you can also try la-ying the baby's tummy down across your lap. Burping doesn't always happen, so don't worry if it doesn't.
- You can support the breast by holding it with your thumb up and your fingers down, without touching the areola( dark area around your nipple).
- When bottle-feeding, make sure the nipple on the bottle is the right one for your baby's age. Use a 45-degree angle and make sure the nipple is filled with milk.
- Spit up most usually happens when you over-feed your baby; keep an eye on your baby to learn your limits.
- Don't force it, you have to take your time when breastfeeding, taking breaks at times might be necessary, you have to help your baby's digestive system grow and keep up.
- Putting your baby upright after feeding will help the food pass through its digestive system better.
- Make sure your baby has a good grip on the nipple and isn't swallowing air.
- Try different positions and pick the one that's best for your baby and you.
PS: Always address any questions or worries to your doctor.
Did You Know?
For newborn babies, this new world outside the womb is confusing, scary, and very unfamiliar... which explains the excessive crying. The baby is merely trying to express a basic need, and there isn't really another way of showing you that than by crying endlessly until you figure out what she wants. It's not that the baby is suffering or sad, it's a very natural behavior. By and by you'll both learn to communicate with each other better.
Babies have basic primary needs, such as wanting to eat, sleep, poop, and burp. Patience is a virtue, especially with your baby.
Make sure you breastfeed your baby in the first hour when she's born into the world. It's very nutritious, and you'll notice your baby's appetite to be amazingly high. Many of our experts have confirmed this.
Your body creates milk the more you breastfeed, so make sure your body is constantly rich in fluids to have enough milk supply for your baby, who will generally feed around 100 minutes every day. This rate varies so you can feed your baby when you feel she's hungry.