How your baby’s growing
Reflexes — sucking, grasping, rooting (when she searches for your nipple), and blinking — continue to be all-important this week. At times she may catch your gaze and look at you (make the most of these moments by looking back intently, smiling broadly, nodding your head, and so on), but she’ll be quick about it.
If your baby’s been crying or fussing for more than three hours a day for more than three days in one week, she may be colicky. Generally, about 20% of babies develop colic around two to four weeks of age. Not only do they seem to cry incessantly, they look very uncomfortable. If your baby is colicky, you’re probably in for a rough few weeks, but there’s plenty you can do to cope. And it will pass.
Although she won’t be able to reach for specific objects yet (that’ll come a few months later) your baby might enjoy a baby gym soon. It has lots of fun things to watch, touch, and listen to.
How your life’s changing
You and your baby may be getting more used to breastfeeding, although you may still have lots of questions. We have plenty of expert advice, on topics such as what to do if your baby is continually hungry. If you have more questions or need support, contact your doctor.
If you think your husband feels shut out when you settle down to feed your baby, let him know how important his support is to you. He can give the baby expressed milk or a supplement feed. You can find out how to include him when you’re breastfeeding too — he can help in several small but significant ways.
Things to consider
Your bleeding or lochia may be darker and more profuse when you breastfeed. Don’t worry – it’s just that your uterus contracts as the milk is let down. If it continues to be bright red or very heavy in the next couple of weeks, contact your doctor.
Even if you’re breastfeeding, you may need to know about storing, so you can give your baby expressed milk if you want to. Find out about pumping and expressing.
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Changing your baby’s nappies regularly is important, as urine combined with the bacteria in faces can make skin sore and lead to nappy rash. Expect to do it before or after every feed (except at night, when changing may disrupt her sleep), plus when she has done a poo.