Fellowship In Neonatology, MRCPCH(UK), Diploma In Child Health (DCH), MBBS
37 years experience
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Nursing your newborn child may lead to weight gain.
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Nursing your child has in fact been known to burn calories, in certain cases even up to 400 calories.It has been noticed that on an average, mothers who exclusively nurse their babies are fit and lean. Breastfeeding not only empowers the baby's health but also has many beneficial effects on the mother's health as well.
If you pick your baby up or respond to them whenever they cry, it may spoil them.
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Most babies under 4 months old don't have much understanding of what's going on around them and they only cry if they need something or are in discomfort. They usually cry when something is amiss and picking up or cradling the baby won't spoil them in any way.
What is the longest time a baby will sleep for at a time in one session?
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Newborns usually sleep for more than 16 hours a day as it is essential for the development of their brain. However, they rarely sleep for more than 2 to 4 hours at a stretch and this is how most of the sleeping time is distributed. Thus, it may disturb your sleep as a parent and it is essential that you plan how to go about your day for the first few months after the baby is born.
What should you try if your baby is not responding well to bonding through a skin to skin contact?
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All babies don't respond the same way to a skin to skin contact or through vocal sounds which you may use to bond with them. However, external sounds such as rattling a toy or light related toys tend to work well with most babies. In case your baby seems disinterested, it may be a good idea to try and distract them with these sounds and toys until they are used to it.
Leaving your newborn to sleep on its belly can prove fatal.
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It has been found in certain studies, that letting your baby sleep on its belly can cause SIDS or sudden infant death syndrome. The baby may be particularly susceptible if he or she is wrapped in a blanket snuggly. This is done to ensure that the baby is warm but, in turn, may result in suffocation if the baby is lying on its belly and sleeping in that position for a long period of time.