My Kids is distinguished for its breastfeeding and lactation resources. We offer in-office consultations to help both mom and baby accomplish a breastfeeding plan that works for them.
We spend a lot of time at breastfeeding visits and checkups talking about feeding. Basically a newborn eats very frequently, both day and night. Babies are born with extra fluid and initially all babies lose weight, stabilize, and regain their birth weight in the first week or 2. Once growing well they gain between ½ and 1 ounce/day. We encourage breastfeeding! It may take 2-4 days for your milk to “come in.” Breast babies usually feed every 2-3 hours for 20—30 minutes. Sometimes the baby will be sleepy at first – if he is difficult to rouse, try to wake the baby up by removing clothes, tickling his feet and even applying a cool washcloth to his head or feet. It also can be normal for the baby to “cluster feed,” or feed very frequently every half to one hour for a stretch of time. There is a learning curve for most moms and babies for breastfeeding. Don’t get discouraged – the majority of problems with breastfeeding can be solved.
Bottle babies usually feed every 3-4 hours and start off with between 1-3 ounces per feed. Use an iron-fortified infant formula. Babies do not need supplemental water. It is normal to have a slight coating of milk on the tongue. This is not harmful. Regular feedings, wet diapers and bowel movements are all signs that things are going well. We will help you by monitoring this closely.
Spitting: Most babies spit up at least a little, although it can seem like a lot comes out. If the baby is growing well, not very fussy with arching of the back and not having scary coughing or choking spells this is normal. Vomiting is more forceful with retching most often from overfeeding. Excessive vomiting requires medical attention.