If you would like us to provide excellent pediatric care for your baby please let your OB doctor know you have chosen us and we will see your baby in the office usually at day 3 to 5 after birth. You can simply call and make an appointment. You may need to come sooner if recommended to do so. Also, please remember to add your new baby to your insurance as soon as possible.
Becoming a parent is a wonderful and joyous experience. During these next few months you will witness the amazing growth and development of your precious child. For some new parents this can be stressful time. Concerns may arise especially if this is your first baby.
We are here to help you as you take on the wonderful responsibility of caring for a newborn. We will want to see you and the baby at regularly scheduled wellness visits. You can also call and make additional appointments when illnesses arise.
Here is some information you will find helpful.
During feedings your baby receives nourishment for growth and brain development. Whether you have chosen to breastfeed or bottle feed this is a cherished time for you and your baby to learn about one another and a wonderful opportunity for warmth, closeness, and a sense of security to develop.
In the first months of life breast milk or infant formula will be your baby’s primary food and should be continued until the first birthday .Babies quickly learn to establish rhythms for feeding. Most healthy babies are fed “on demand” initially. As they grow usually feedings will be every three to four hours.
Breast milk not only provides the nourishment necessary for an infant but also is the ideal food for the developing digestive system. Breast milk offers built-in protection against some infections a baby may be exposed to during the weeks after birth.
Mothers need to make sure they are receiving good nutrition and adequate fluid intake while breastfeeding. Before taking any medication (prescription or over-the-counter) you need to discuss them with your doctor and your baby’s pediatrician
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that babies who are strictly breastfed take a daily Vitamin D supplement.
There are great lactation nurses at all of our local hospitals who are available after you go home to help you with any problems that may arise.
There are many infant formulas that have been shown to support the growth and development of your baby. Choosing a formula with such a broad range of options on the menu may be confusing.
Most babies will do fine with a cow’s milk-based formula. If you have concerns about your baby’s formula, please discuss it with their pediatrician.
Most formulas come in ready-to-feed, liquid concentrate and powder. Ready to feed is easy but may be heavy to carry around and generally is more expensive.
When mixing formula always follow the instructions for preparation and storage of the baby’s formula exactly as written on the can. Unopened ready-to-feed infant formula that has been stored at room temperature need not be warmed. Prepared formula that has been refrigerated should have the caps loosened and warmed in a bowl of warm water. Microwave ovens should not be used for heating a formula due to the uneven nature of the heating. The temperature of the heated formula should be tested before offering to a baby by letting a few drops of formula fall on the inner side of your wrists; it should feel warm, not hot. If a baby does not finish a bottle of formula at feeding, the remainder of the formula should be thrown away.
Do not give your baby a bottle while lying down or with it propped. Young infants may choke with a bottle and are unable to help themselves by pushing the bottle away. As he/she gets older; a baby who takes a bottle while lying down is more prone to ear infections. After teeth erupt the baby is more likely to suffer tooth decay.
When your child is 12 months old we recommend switching to whole milk. There are commercially available “transition” formulas marketed for the 9-24 month olds. However, if your child is getting a well balanced diet regular milk is sufficient and much more economical.