Hello, Baby!

The first few days with your baby are so special and exciting! Enjoy every moment as you get to know your baby!

Bringing your baby home can be a wonderful time and it can also be confusing. Babies can seem mysterious and taking care of them may be a little scary. The good news is babies are born with skills and the desire to tell parents what they need. Babies have the amazing ability to communicate with their parents and caregivers. The Human Lactation Center at UC Davis developed materials to help you better understand how your baby communicates.

Feeling A Little Overwhelmed?

Give yourself time to adjust. You are still recovering from birth. You may experience shifts in your mood or emotions.

Adjusting To Breastfeeding

The first two weeks are very important. This time can seem difficult as you and your baby learn to breastfeed. Hang in there because it gets easier! This time is important for getting to know your baby AND building your milk supply. Read More.

Watch Your Baby

He'll show you when he's hungry! Look for his feeding cues (opening his mouth, smacking or licking his lips, turning his head, sucking on his hands).

Is He Getting Enough?

There are lots of ways for you to tell if he's getting enough milk. It's important for you to understand whats happening as your breasts are "learning" how to make milk

Waking A Sleepy Baby

• Change your baby's clothing or diaper.

• Hold your baby skin-to-skin in an upright position.

• Massage your baby's back, arms, legs, or cheeks.

• Put a little of your expressed milk on your baby's lips.

Breastfed babies are happier...but all newborns can be a little fussy. As she is adjusting to her new world, the best place for her is in your loving arms. Get to know her feeding cues and feed her before she gets too hungry!

Calming A Fussy Baby

• Nurse your baby.

• Babies need to be held. Try skin-to-skin.

• Play soft music.

• Rock your baby.

• Take a walk with your baby.

• Talk in a soothing way.

• Hold your baby upright against your chest and stroke his back.

• Wear your baby in a soft front carrier.

Understanding Your Baby's Cues

View these video clips

Getting to Know Your Baby from California WIC with M. Jane Heinig, PhD, IBCLC

Is My Baby Full?

What is my baby trying to tell me?

View these handouts

Why do baby’s Cry? View this handout to learn more about infant crying.
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Infant States: Babies go through various states, view this handout to learn more.

Baby Cues: Learn more about your baby’s cues

Getting to Know Your Baby Birth to Six Months: Download this book for information about how you can expect your baby to behave.