No one is ever truly prepared to care for a newborn. You may read all the baby books, visit parenting websites, and listen to the advice of well-meaning relatives, but when that new bundle of joy arrives, it can still be an overwhelming experience.
Fortunately, here at Pediatric Associates of Davidson County in Nashville parents who need advice about things like breastfeeding and keeping the baby safe at night can get the help they need.
Here are some common questions about newborn care:
How long should I breastfeed my baby?
The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests that moms breastfeed their babies for at least six months. After six months, they should combine breastfeeding with regular food for at least 12 months. However, mothers shouldn't feel pressured to wean babies immediately off after one year as long as the breastfeeding process is still successful.
How should my baby sleep in the crib?
Babies should always be placed on their backs when it is time for them to sleep. Never place your baby on her stomach or side. The baby should sleep on a firm mattress that is snugly covered with a fitted sheet.
It seems like my baby cries all of the time. Is this normal?
Yes, it's normal. Babies zero-to-three months old cry around two-to-three hours each day. If your baby cries more than three hours a day, contact one of the pediatricians here at Pediatric Associates in Davidson County.
How many hours will my newborn sleep?
Newborns don't know whether it's night or day. They sleep between 14 and 17 hours a day, and this occurs throughout the day. Their little bellies don't hold a lot of breastmilk or formula, so they awaken every two-to-four hours. While this can be tough on new parents, it is, of course, necessary, and becomes easier over time. If you live in Nashville, contact one of our pediatricians to receive more information about breastfeeding.
If you live in Nashville and have questions about breastfeeding or any other concerns about your baby, call Pediatric Associates of Davidson County at (615) 329-3595.