You'll develop a unique parenting style that is right for your family and may be quite different from your neighbors and friends. ||Your baby's foot may seem flat, but that's because a layer of fat covers the arch. Within two to three years, this extra padding will disappear. ||Infants raised on breast milk tend to score higher on tests of mental development than those on formula ||During growth spurts - around 6 weeks after birth — your newborn might want to be fed more often ||Look for early signs of hunger, such as stirring and stretching, sucking motions and lip movements. Fussing and crying are later cues ||Your baby should have 4-6 wet diapers per day. This is a great way to monitor if they're getting enough milk ||Ask your baby's doctor about vitamin D supplements for the baby, especially if you're breast-feeding ||Expressing milk should be painless. If it hurts, stop. ||Always keep the number of Poison Centre posted beside your phone ||Sleep sacks and sufficient layers of clothing are safe alternatives to blankets for children less than six months of age ||
Mastitis

Mastitis is an infection of the breast tissue that results in breast pain, swelling, warmth and redness of the breast. If you have mastitis, you might also experience fever and chills. Mastitis most commonly affects women who are breast-feeding (lactation mastitis), although sometimes this condition can occur in women who aren't breast-feeding.

Symptoms

With mastitis, signs and symptoms can appear suddenly and may include:

  • Breast tenderness or warmth to the touch
  • Generally feeling ill (malaise)
  • Swelling of the breast
  • Pain or a burning sensation continuously or while breast-feeding
  • Skin redness, often in a wedge-shaped pattern
  • Fever of 101 F (38.3 C) or greater

Although mastitis usually occurs in the first several weeks of breast-feeding, it can happen anytime during breast-feeding. Lactation mastitis tends to affect only one breast — not both breasts.

Doctor's Instructions

Mastitis treatment usually involves:

  • Antibiotics. Treating mastitis usually requires a 10- to 14-day course of antibiotics. You may feel well again 24 to 48 hours after starting antibiotics, but it's important to take the entire course of medication to minimize your chance of recurrence.
  • Pain relievers. While waiting for the antibiotic to take effect, your doctor may recommend a mild pain reliever, such as acetaminophen (Tylenol, others) or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, others).
  • Adjustments to your breast-feeding technique. Make sure that you fully empty your breasts during breast-feeding and that your infant latches on correctly. Your doctor may review your breast-feeding technique with you or may refer you to a lactation consultant for help and ongoing support.
  • Self-care. Rest, continue breast-feeding and drink extra fluids to help your body fight the breast infection.

If your mastitis doesn't clear up after taking antibiotics, check back with your doctor.

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