Congratulations! There’s nothing better than taking your baby home and snuggling up for those first few weeks.

Get help when you need it

In the beginning, breastfeeding is not always easy for mother or baby. To help with this issue, many hospitals have lactation consultants to help moms learn good breastfeeding skills.

If breastfeeding hurts, if you feel frustrated or if you’re unsure about anything, ask your provider for help. Many hospitals also offer breastfeeding support after you leave the hospital.

Your baby’s pediatrician can be an excellent source of assistance as well. Check out the Every Ounce Counts website for more breastfeeding help.

the safe way to sleep

During the first few months, your baby will sleep between 15 and 20 hours a day. Babies sleep safest when all caregivers (including grandparents, babysitters and day care providers) follow the ABCs of safe sleep:

Keep your baby safe and sound

As your baby grows, there will be more dangerous things around them. Avoid danger by always keeping an eye on your baby.

protect your baby from infections

Get immunized yearly for flu and stay up-to-date on all of your vaccines. Whooping Cough or pertussis is a serious infection that is making a comeback. It can cause death in babies who are too young to be vaccinated, but don’t yet have any natural protection to fight this infection.

Remember to ask anyone who may touch or be around your baby to get vaccinated for flu and pertussis including parents, grandparents, day care workers and siblings.

resources

If postpartum depression is a concern for you or your loved one, click here or call the National Institute of Mental Health toll-free at 1-866-615-6464.

Learn more about SIDS prevention by visiting the Room to Breathe website.