Postpartum | Nursing homework help.
New mothers planning to bottle-feed their infants should be informed of the safety and health implications for both themselves and the child. Keep in mind the following important tips:
- Babys who are fed formula usually feed 8-12 times a day, every 2 to 3 hours.
- A baby’s formula needs depend on factors such as their weight and age. However, a good guideline would be 2.5 ounces of liquid per pound per day.
- Normal for babies is to have at least one bowel movement every day.
- A baby that is not eating or gaining weight may indicate a health problem. The healthcare provider must be informed.
- It is possible that the child has dehydrated if they are not producing wet diapers, or if there have been no bowel movements for several days. You should notify your healthcare provider.
- When a baby has diarrhea or a fever and is vomiting, it could be an indication of infection. Notify the doctor.
How to notify the provider:
- It is important to notify your healthcare provider if you notice severe discomfort or pain around the breasts and nipples.
- The mother may experience fever, chills or other symptoms of infection. She should notify her healthcare provider if she experiences any of these signs.
- The healthcare provider must be informed if the mother shows any sign of anxiety or depression after childbirth.
It is also important that new mothers have the supplies and knowledge they need to successfully bottle feed their babies. A supportive and well-fitting bra is recommended to avoid discomfort or engorgement. You can also use ice packs, or any other remedy for engorgement. Many resources are available for new mothers such as support groups and lactation consultants to offer additional advice and support.
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