Your Baby's 11th Week of Life

What's Happening with Your Baby

Your baby is developing hand-eye coordination. If you watch her closely, you will notice that she is very pleased with the realization that she is lifting an object, shaking a toy or touching her toes. She also can hold her head up with control and can bring both hands together.

Taking Care of Yourself

If you are returning to work in the near future, you should begin to prepare your baby for the transition. If you have not already done so, have your partner or your baby's caregiver offer your baby a bottle each day beginning at least two weeks before you are scheduled to return to work. It's a good idea to involve your caregiver from the start and relay your feelings about parenting to her. It also is wise to begin building (or augmenting) your frozen milk supply. Freeze your milk in two- to four-ounce quantities to avoid waste when the milk is thawed for your baby. Save this frozen milk as backup. Use freshly expressed refrigerated milk for your baby whenever possible. Fresh breastmilk can be safely refrigerated up to eight days. At work, plan on expressing every three hours. Regular stimulation of your breasts is important to maintaining your milk supply.

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