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BIRTH OF YOUR BABY

BIRTH WEIGHT: Normal birth weight of your baby is 2.5 to 4 Kg, and birth of your baby should happen after 9 months of pregnancy. If it happens before 9 months then your baby will be likely to have birth weight of less than 2.5 Kg.

FIRST BREATH: Newborn baby cries immediately after birth. This is very important and it is the first breath of your baby. A strong cry after birth is a strong first breath.

 BREASTFEDING: Newborn baby should start breastfeeding within one hour of delivery. This is very important as the first mill produced by the mother is rich in nutrients and protective antibodies which prevent the baby from infection. Initially the milk produced from your breast is not much, DON’T WORRY about this; the baby has enough nutrients at time of birth to last for the first 24-48 hours. As the baby keep suckling the amount of milk produced will increase.

CORD CARE: Umbilical stump of the baby’s cord will usually drop after 5-6 days, keep it dry, do not apply anything on it. If you see any changes on the cod or area around the stump including foul smelling discharge of redness around the cod, you need to see your doctor immediately.

HANDLING THE BABY: You will receive many well-wishers after delivery of your baby. Some will hold the baby; this has no problem as it is a very good way of showing love. However it is important to ensure that everyone wishing to hold the baby has washed hands with soap or has applied hand rub antiseptic. Infections are acquired by newborns through handling by infected hands.

DURATION OF BREASTFEEDING: World Health Organization recommends your baby to exclusively breastfeed for six months. Do not give anything to your baby except medicine that is prescribed by your doctor. The baby’s gut is immature and is not able to handle other feeds.

BREASTFEEDING FOR WORKING MOTHERS: If you are producing enough milk, you can produce milk and keep it refrigerated (frozen) to be used when you resume work after your maternity leave has ended. Breast milk can stay for 6 months when frozen. You can keep expressing the milk as you continue with work, expressed milk should be refrigerated.

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