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New Parents: What to Expect During the First Few Weeks of Life

Written by Meghan Connelly, MD.

As new parents, you probably have lots of questions. This is normal and to be expected. And, some of your best resources will be friends and family that have been through this experience and can pass on “tips and tricks” to raising a newborn.

But we want to help, too! Below you’ll find a few answers to many of the questions new parents have.

Should You Breastfeed? What You Need to Know

Written by Meghan Connelly, MD.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and World Health Organization (WHO) both recommend breastfeeding, if possible. Breast milk is full of nutrients and infection-fighting proteins that are passed on from Mom.

But, the benefits are not limited to nutrition...breastfeeding also provides "bonding time" for the mom and baby, and reduces Mom's risk of breast and ovarian cancer1. However, some diseases can be spread through breastmilk, therefore it is important to tell the doctor immediately if Mom has an infection such as Hepatitis or HIV, along with all of the medications the mother is taking, to ensure breastfeeding is appropriate.New parents often have many questions regarding feeding the newest member of their family. Below are some tips to answer some of the more often asked questions. If you have any specific concerns, be sure to discuss with your pediatrician.

Breastfeeding provides "bonding time" for the mom and baby, and reduces Mom's risk of breast and ovarian cancer.