Your baby’s thirteenth week
Take a moment to congratulate yourself on your breastfeeding accomplishment! The first several weeks are by far the most difficult as you try to balance recovering from childbirth to establishing your milk supply and caring for your new baby. It may have seemed that your little one was constantly attached to your breast! Still, you know that this arrangement is the best for your baby and for you as well. Now, the hardest part is behind you. While you’ll still want to feed your baby on demand, you may notice a primitive schedule emerging. She may begin to take a break now and again as other things distract her. If she has started sleeping longer stretches at night, you’ll probably enjoy sleeping right along with her. If you should experience engorgement due to a missed feed, try expressing a bit of milk and storing it as an insurance policy. You’ll be more comfortable while you sleep and you’ll know your freezer is stocked just in case you are called away unexpectedly.
Your little one takes comfort in the sound of your voice. She’ll enjoy listening to you read books out loud. Short stories with rhythmic verses are time-tested favorites. She may be too young to understand the story, but it is never too early to take up reading together.
Your baby is growing stonger and bigger each day. Take time out to document her development on film, video tape or in a written journal.