Knowing what to expect is so important for both your peace of mind and properly caring for your new baby.
Kangaroo care, or skin-to-skin holding, is a real thing that is done in NICUs around the world and it is one of the most effective things to help premature babies thrive. Your baby is no different!
Not only is skin-to-skin regulating to babies, it also helps your milk supply. Your body naturally reacts to contact with your baby by triggering the prolactin hormone receptors in teh breast.
So kangaroo care helps your supply increase. It also sets the foundation for a robust milk supply even months down the road.
Watching the clock and trying to schedule and time feeds can interfere with the biological norm of frequent feeds. If your baby is hungry, feed them. Don’t try to feed them just because you want to keep to a schedule.
If your baby isn’t latching well and/or the latch is causing pain, you want to make sure that you are hand expressing, pumping often and scheduling a consultation with an IBCLC. This will help to keep your supply in check and steady and will keep the milk coming.
First week check-ups
That first week you will be visiting the pediatrician for the first well baby check.
They will compare the birth weight to the current weight and diaper output.
In the first 4-5 days your baby may be losing weight. Remember, colostrum is breastmilk. Over the first 5 days your breast milk increases and “comes in”. This is when you should start to see your baby’s (or babies’) weight start to increase and your baby should be back to their birth weight by 10-14 days of life.
A baby’s stomach starts out very small.
This is perfect as the small amount of colostrum transitions to mature milk.
Size of a marble
Size of a ping pong ball
Size of a large chicken egg