Feed your baby whenever they're hungry. Feedings may be short at first but will get longer.
Wake your baby to feed, if you need to.
Breastfeed at least 8 times every 24 hours, or formula-feed at least 6 times every 24 hours.
Understanding your baby's sleeping
Always put your baby to sleep on their back.
Newborns sleep most of the day and wake up about every 2 to 3 hours to eat.
While sleeping, your baby may sometimes make sounds or seem restless.
At first, your baby may sleep through loud noises.
Changing your baby's diapers
Check your baby's diaper (and change if needed) at least every 2 hours.
Expect about 3 wet diapers a day for the first few days. Then expect 6 or more wet diapers a day.
Keep track of your baby's wet diapers and bowel habits. Let your doctor know of any changes.
Caring for yourself
Trust yourself. If something doesn't feel right with your body, tell your doctor right away.
Sleep when your baby sleeps, drink plenty of water, and ask for help if you need it.
Tell your doctor if you or your partner feels sad or anxious for more than 2 weeks.
Call your doctor or midwife with questions about breastfeeding or bottle-feeding.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
The Health Encyclopedia contains general health information. Not all treatments or services described are covered benefits for Kaiser Permanente members or offered as services by Kaiser Permanente. For a list of covered benefits, please refer to your Evidence of Coverage or Summary Plan Description. For recommended treatments, please consult with your health care provider.