Let me preface this by saying I am not a medical professional and everything I am posting should not be taken as medical facts. These are my observations.
My daughter was born at 7:27am on January 4th, 2015 and I had no idea what to expect in the next 24 hours while she was adjusting to life outside of the womb.
Here are a few things that the nurses and doctors enlightened us about:
- Her wet diapers may have a small amount of blood/pink discharge. She gets some of the hormones from mom that causes this.
- The poop will be black and tar like for the first few days if not longer.
- Sneezes are common and doesn’t necessarily mean they are sick.
- Crying is actually good for them in the first 12 ish hours to get the amniotic out of their stomach.
- Jaundice is very common and your doctor will let you know if you need to do anything for it.
- Try to feed every 2-3 hours to work on the latch and breast feeding. Even though she may want to sleep for 5 hours or more it’s better for her to eat.
- Latching is not necessarily going to happen right away. Ask for a lactation specialist if you have any questions or need help. Ask if you should try pumping if you are having problems, it’s better to know the procedure from a professional before you go home.
These are only a few of the things I learned with our little girl. I will try to add more as I remember them but I hope it helps someone out there.