The position of parent and baby during a diaper change is perfect for creating a bonding experience between you. You are leaning over your baby, and your face is at the perfect arms-length distance for engaging eye contact and communication. What's more, this golden opportunity presents itself many times during each day; no matter how busy you both get, you have a few moments of quiet connection. It's too valuable a ritual to treat it as simply maintenance.
"Help! I'm getting so frustrated with the endless stream of advice I get from my mother-in-law and brother! No matter what I do, I'm doing it wrong. I love them both, but how do I get them to stop dispensing all this unwanted advice?"
Dear Lactation Consultant,
How long should a baby breastfeed at one sitting to know they are getting enough nutrition? My son is 6 days old and his nursing time varies from 20 minutes to 1 hour total feeding time. I worry when he only eats for 20 minutes, should I be? Is he still getting milk at 1 hour or is he just pacifying at that point? Is it ok to nurse only on one breast at a time rather than switching after a while?
Dear Lactation Consultant,
I'm a month pregnant and am also nursing a 7-month-old. She's interested in starting solids, but still enjoys nursing. Do you have any special advice?
Shall I aim on weaning her over the next month or two?
Thank you in advance for answering my question.
Circumcision is as American as apple pie. For the most part, it is not questioned but rather accepted as the standard of care given to newborn babies. Why is this the case?
by Joseph Garcia
Communication is one of the first challenges babies encounter. When children begin to communicate, they attempt to arrange in their minds the world around them and begin to understand and react to situations. The child observes and experiments with life to gain knowledge and confidence. Communication plays a critical role in helping the child interact with the world and become socially engaged.
It makes your skin sweat, your blood pressure climb, and causes great frustration when nothing you do seems to calm them. No wonder, when caring for a crying newborn we've muttered to ourselves, "Why couldn't they just come with a crying off-switch?" Well, perhaps they do and we just overlooked it!
He "plays" with the baby in the only ways he knows how. He plays catch. You yell at him for throwing toys at the baby. He plays hide-and-seek. You screech that he's trying to suffocate the baby with the blanket. He gives the kid a hug, and you explode in fury. Is it any wonder that your toddler is confused? How can you smooth things out?
After my baby is born, when can I start with my routine work such as cleaning, cooking, etc?