Baby's 1st month

Your Baby's Second Week

Your little one will greet his second week of life in much the same manner as the first. Expect him to remain in the curled up position he had assumed while in utero. His tiny hands will remain tightly clenched while he is awake. His eyesight is still quite immature. Objects are clearest at a mere 8 to 10 inches from his face. While he is unable to see across the room, he can clearly see Mom's face as he nurses. Partners and siblings can hold him close and talk to him face-to face to achieve similar results.

Remember that breastfeeding is the best possible source of nourishment for your little one. Expect some breast fullness and tenderness as your milk supply increases. You can apply warm or cool compresses to help ease discomfort. Frequent feedings will help establish your supply and keep your breasts comfortable.

If engorgement is severe and your breasts become too hard, it may be difficult for your little one to latch on properly. In this case, try expressing a bit of milk by hand to soften your nipple immediately before offering it to your baby. It may help to attempt this in a shower with the warm water hitting your back. You'll have a moment to relax as well, which will also encourage your milk to let down. If you are still experiencing discomfort you should contact a Board Certified Lactation Consultant for help.

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