When should I call Premier?
There is a physician available for an emergency at all times. If any of the following occurs, please call immediately:
If you have a less urgent call, please wait until the office is open at 9 am on weekdays before calling.
How often should my newborn feed?
Breastfed newborns should feed on-demand. Typically, they will nurse approximately 8 to 12 times a day. Formula fed infants usually take 2 to 3 ounces every 3 to 4 hours.
Can I eat fish if I am breastfeeding?
There are restrictions for breastfeeding mothers and children through six years of age. This is due to elevated levels of mercury content of some larger fish and concerns over the effect of mercury on brain development. The FDA has created three recommendations to help nursing mothers and children limit mercury consumption while still obtaining the health benefits (i.e. omega-3 fatty acids) associated with seafood.
1. Do not eat Shark, Swordfish, King Mackerel, or Tilefish because they contain high levels of mercury.
2. Eat up to 12 ounces (2 average meals) a week of a variety of fish and shellfish that are lower in mercury.
3. Check local advisories about the safety of fish caught by family and friends in your local lakes, rivers, and coastal areas. If no advice is available, eat up to 6 ounces (one average meal) per week of fish you catch from local waters, but don’t consume any other fish during that week.
Follow these same recommendations when feeding fish and shellfish to your young child, but serve smaller portions (2-4 ounces). For more detailed information, Please consult the NYC handout “5 ways to limit mercury“.
Should my baby take vitamin D supplementation?
The AAP recommends that all infants have a minimum daily intake of 400 IU of vitamin D beginning soon after birth. Exclusively and partially breastfed babies should receive 400 IU of vitamin D each day starting in the first few days of life and continuing up until babies are weaned to at least 32 ounces of vitamin D fortified formula or cow’s milk per day. Any supplement that contains 400 IU is acceptable. Carlson’s is one popular vitamin D supplement because it is all natural and one drop placed on the nipple will give a full day’s supply of vitamin D. D-visol, 1 dropper per day, is a popular supplement as well.
How should I take care of the umbilical cord?
The umbilical cord typical falls off from 1 – 3 weeks. If you wish to clean the umbilical cord, please use alcohol wipes rather than water.
How should my baby sleep?
Ideally, your baby will sleep on his back with his head turned to the side on a hard cushion with no pillows or stuffed animals in the bed. We do not recommend the use of bumpers.
How should I wash my baby?
Until the cord falls off, you should give your newborn sponge bath every three days. Wash with water only and keep the umbilical cord dry. If you wish to clean the cord, use alcohol two times a day.
When is it safe to go outside?
When you feel comfortable attending to your baby while juggling all of the accompanying baby stuff (stroller, bottle, clothing), personal interaction, and public distractions that come with a trip outside, you are ready to venture outside. A good rule of thumb would be two weeks or after the umbilical cord falls off. Regardless of when you decide to make this trip, always keep three rules in mind:
What is the appropriate car seat for my baby?
Your infant should be in a rear facing car seat until 2 years of age. For more information on car seats please consult “Car Safety Seats and Transportation Safety”
My baby hiccups, and sneezes, is this alright?
These are completely normal newborn behaviors. Do not be alarmed. If your infant hiccups after feeds, consider feeding a little slower and burping with greater frequency.
What if I feel like I am experiencing a post-partum depression?
Please do not hesitate to call Premier or your Obstetrician if you experience any of the following symptoms:
Postpartum depression is a serious but treatable medical condition but if left untreated can last for a year or more.