Chapter 8

The first three months with your baby

This chapter will set you up for those crucial early weeks with your baby, covering everything from feeding, nappy-changing, development and continuing health.

Chapter contents include:

Feeding your baby:

  • Breastfeeding in weeks 2-6
  • Breastfeeding in weeks 4-6 and beyond
  • Eating for breastfeeding
  • Expressing milk
  • Combination feeding
  • If a baby fails to thrive

What’s happening:

  • Your body – further changes
  • Your baby – growth and development
  • Your baby – ill health

Baby care:

  • Nappy-changing
  • Clothes for your baby
  • Bathing your baby
  • Bedding
  • Some common problems in young babies

Feelings – and feeling in control:

  • Coping with an unsettled baby
  • Asking for help (for all parents and support people)
  • Getting out of the house
  • Post-natal depression and related problems

Cot death, or sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS):

  • Reducing the risk of cot death
  • Cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR)

Charlotte’s story: Cot death

Continuing health care:

  • Home or clinic visits
  • Your six-week check
  • Contraception after childbirth
  • Vaccination programme
  • Having a regular primary care provider
  • Registering the birth

Life with a baby:

  • Looking after yourself
  • Enjoying your baby

Anna’s story: Three small children