Your Baby's Second Week of Life

What's Happening to Your Baby

Your little one's range of vision is around 8 to 15 inches -- just perfect, since that is the distance he is from your face when you are breastfeeding or cradling him in your arms. Your baby can move his head from side to side and lift it for short periods of time. Keep your little one near you. Your baby may enjoy being cradled in a sling. Your baby has an intense sucking need. If you are nursing and thinking about introducing a pacifier, it would be best for you to hold off for several weeks, until your milk supply is well established. It is fine to allow your baby to meet all his sucking and nutritional needs at your breast.

Taking Care of Yourself

If you are still not quite comfortable breastfeeding, don't worry. Many moms, new and experienced, have some difficulties as they begin nursing. Take heart in the fact that you're giving your baby a most wonderful gift. Be patient and try to relax. Take a few minutes before the nursing session to listen to some peaceful music and do some gentle breast massage. When offering your breast, be certain that your baby takes in a good mouthful, with around one-inch of your areola -- the darker area around your nipple. Remember that breastfeeding should be comfortable, even during these early weeks. Pain is an indication that something is wrong.

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