I’m struggling with breastfeeding. I am not producing enough milk at all. I’ve tried using a breast pump to stimulate more production, but can only produce 40ml at most each time. I don’t want to put my baby on formula and somebody suggested I drink milk
The penis of a newborn baby boy is small and the tip (called the glans) is covered by the foreskin. The foreskin protects the delicate pink glans underneath and only begins to loosen from about six months and should not be pulled back before the age of five. There’s no need to clean the tip of the penis – in fact you shouldn’t because the foreskin of a newborn is naturally tight, and trying to pull it back will only traumatise or tear this delicate skin. A tear will burn when the baby passes urine, and it can create an opening for infections. Only when your uncircumcised son is a teenager will the foreskin be completely loose, and then he should be taught to occasionally pull this foreskin back to clean the glans.
The outer layer of the foreskin is a continuation of penis skin, while the inner lining is made up of mucous membrane. Like the lining of the cheek, it keeps the glans moist and makes it self-cleaning. When the glans and foreskin begin to separate, cells are shed from the surface of each layer. As your son grows older these cells are replaced, and dead cells are eliminated as whitish granules.
Don’t try to loosen the foreskin either. Baby boys do this on their own when they can reach the penis and play with it – usually when you’re changing the nappy. It’s also normal for little boys to play with their penis in the bath – don’t make him feel guilty. On rare occasions, the foreskin is attached to the glans and “balloons” when the newborn baby passes urine. This is called phimosis and should be seen by a doctor as a surgical circumcision will probably be necessary.