Baby's 1st month

She's born with a strong urge to suck. You may have witnessed this, just moments after birth, if you were able to put her to your breast immediately. While it seems natural that she'd also be born with the innate ability to breastfeed, you may notice it takes a few days for the two of you to learn the technique effectively. Focusing your energy this week on establishing proper nursing habits will set you on the path to a wonderfully rewarding relationship. Don't be afraid to ask for help! Lactation consultants, hospital nurses and pediatricians are invaluable resources available for support and guidance.

Marvel at her strength as she lifts her head slightly when placed on her tummy. Don't expect her to observe too many objects around the room though. Her immature eyes can only focus about 8 to 10 inches from her face. (Approximately the distance she is from your face while she's breastfeeding.) Her eyesight will improve greatly in the coming weeks.

Most babies drift off to sleep an hour or so after birth. Remember that she's been through a traumatic experience and is now facing the transition from the womb to the outside world. It is normal for this sleepiness to last for a few days. Enjoy watching her snooze this week and, take advantage of this sleepy period to rest yourself. If yours is not a sleeper, cuddle often and rest when she does decide to nap.

*Remember, wide variations in size and weight are normal. Premature birth, mother's diet during pregnancy, maternal smoking or drinking during pregnancy are a few factors that can influence baby's size.

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