Having a baby is a fantastic time with many new challenges. The first few weeks with a newborn can be challenging, but don’t worry, you’ll get the hang of it in no time. Keep reading for some tips on how to survive those first few weeks.
The last thing you want to worry about when you have a new baby is feeling uncomfortable while sleeping. Sleeping bras can help make the early weeks a little easier. A sleeping bra is simply a bra without underwire or padding that you wear to bed. You might want to wear a sleeping bra for a few reasons. First, your breasts may be sore and tender after giving birth. Sleeping in a bra can help relieve some of the discomfort.
Second, your breasts may be swollen and sensitive after delivery. Wearing a sleeping bra can help keep them comfortable at night. Third, if you are breastfeeding, wearing a sleeping bra can help keep your breasts from leaking milk at night. Most individuals find that they don’t need to wear a sleeping bra for very long. Once your breasts stop being sore and swollen and start returning to their standard size, you can stop wearing them at night.
Expecting the Unexpected
There is no one right way to raise a baby. Every child is different and will grow and develop in their unique way. It is essential to be prepared for the unexpected and not expect every baby to act or behave in a certain way. During the first few weeks after giving birth, an individual, or individuals, should expect their newborn to have periods of sleep and wakefulness, hunger and fullness, activity, and rest. It is also normal for babies to cry for reasons that are not entirely clear to adults. Parents should trust their instincts when caring for their baby and should not be afraid to ask for help from family or friends if needed.
Feeding Your Newborn
You will need to feed your baby multiple times a day during the early weeks. When your baby is hungry, they start to suck and swallow milk vigorously. This reflex is called rooting and helps orient your baby toward the nipple. At first, you may need to help your baby latch on correctly by gently stroking their cheek. Be sure to keep the nipple in a central position in your baby’s mouth and allow plenty of time to nurse.
Your breasts will feel fuller before each feeding and softer afterward. You may also leak milk between feedings. This is normal and doesn’t mean you’re not making enough milk. If you’re breastfeeding, let your baby nurse until they are satisfied – usually 10-15 minutes per breast – but don’t force them to continue if they aren’t interested. If you’re using formula mixed according to package directions, give your baby 2-4 ounces every two to three hours until they seem full; then stop feeding for a few hours so the formula can digest properly.
Be patient as you learn how to breastfeed or bottle feed your new arrival; it may take a little time for you and your baby to get into a comfortable routine.
Bonding With Your New Baby
Forming a strong bond with your new baby in the first few weeks can be challenging, but we have a few tips. First, spend time with your baby. The more time you spend with your baby, the stronger the bond will be. Try to hold and cuddle your baby as much as possible. Talk to your baby about what you are doing and happening around you. Babies love hearing voices and begin learning language skills early on.
Eye contact is also significant in forming a bond with your baby. Look at your baby often and ensure they are looking back at you. When your baby cries, responds to stimuli, or reaches out for you, try responding as quickly as possible, so they know you are there for them. It may take some time for you and your baby to form a strong bond, but it will happen if you are patient and dedicated.