DON’T JUST BREAK
HOW DO I KNOW IF MY CHILD GETS ENOUGH MILK? It’s one of the biggest fears new parents face, Sr Jenny says, especially moms who breastfeed. Here are a few guidelines: ● If your baby suckles strongly for at least five to ten minutes and keeps drinking thereafter for a while, and feeds at least six to eight times per day, he’s probably getting enough milk. ● Sr Jenny says it’s important to take baby to the clinic to be weighed for the first few weeks of his life. You’ll quickly see if he’s not getting enough milk. ● Your baby should reach his birth weight again two weeks after birth. ● Your baby should have at least five to seven wet nappies per day. ● If you breastfeed, your breasts will feel softer once your child has had a substantial amount to drink. ● If your baby often brings up a big amount of milk, is listless, only has one or two wet nappies a day, has dark urine and looks pale, consult your paediatrician immediately.
Avoid hot water bottles or an electric blanket in your baby’s cot – you can put a hot water bottle in his bed to warm it up before bedtime, but remove it once you’ve put him down. Don’t smoke in the house or car. Sister Jenny says it’s better to have a newborn in a bassinet or cot next to your bed than in your own bed.