Depending on where you live, you may still be in hospital; if not, the health visitor can visit you at home. In the first days, newborns lose up to 10% of their weight, but they should regain weight around day five or six and return to birth weight between days 10 and 14. If it doesn’t, see your doctor. “A few days after birth, I found out that my child has an ankylogloss. The hospital judged that the attachment method was good and I felt no pain during the feeding. The problem was only discovered when the child was not gaining weight. Then the frenulum was cut and everything was back to normal, “recalls Emma, mother of one, Australia.
How can I prepare for breastfeeding at home during the first days at home? It’s best to have everything you need on the first day, before delivery : baby nappies and towels, comfortable pillows, nipple ointment, nursing pads, healthy snacks and drinks for you. Find a convenient breastfeeding corner at home. You will most likely be spending a lot of time there!
“Our couch turned out to be too low for me to comfortably sit on it after a C-section, so we had to order extra pillows online in an emergency,” recalls Alex, mum of one, UK. “I also set up two ‘feeding stations’ – one next to the couch and one next to the bed – containing all the essentials such as healthy snacks, water, phone chargers, lip balm, towels and a TV remote control.
I forbade anyone to touch it! ”What kind of care will a newborn require in the first days after birth? Newborn babies are relatively“ easy to handle ”. As long as they are well fed, calmed down, and comfortable, they spend a lot of time doing a very desirable activity – sleeping! During the first 24 hours, a newborn can be abnormally sleepy.
Frequent wake-up calls and requests to feed will most likely not start until the next day, as your breasts fill with milk (usually between days two and four after the birth). So use this time to rest and get used to the new situation. Keep your baby close to you day and night to keep him calm – a basket, crib or a scarf will work well if you prefer to be active.A baby wants to be in your arms, which is natural – you’ve been his whole world for the last nine months, and your new environment can be overwhelming.