So much happens so fast as your baby adjusts to life outside the womb and you adjust to life with this little person. Knowing what to expect and understanding why babies do what they do will help you ease more comfortably into parenting.
The Newborn’s Body
Newborns usually lose around 6-10 ounces (170-280 grams), Common Concerns in the Early Weeks – Part Two Articles or about 5-8 percent of their birth weight, during the first week. Babies are born with extra fluid and fat to tide them over until their mother’s milk can supply sufficient fluid and nutrition. How much weight a newborn loses depends on the following factors.
Large babies with a lot of extra fluid tend to lose the most weight; babies who are fed frequently on cue and room-in with their mothers tend to lose the least weight. How quickly your milk appears also influences your newborn’s weight loss. If you room-in with your baby and breastfeed every two hours, you high-calorie hindmilk will appear sooner, and bay will lose less weight. Babies who are separated from their mothers a lot during the first week or who are fed on a three-to four-hour schedule, tend to lose the most weight. Remember to record your baby’s weight upon discharge from the hospital. This is an important reference for measuring weight gain at your baby’s first checkup.
When you run your hand over baby’s head you may feel lots of bumps and ridges, especially on top of the head, on the back of the head, and behind the ears. Babies’ skull bones consist of many small bones that are unconnected to allow for brain growth and also for molding to the birth canal. During the second year baby’s head will feel much smoother.
Another normal lump is a hard lump in the center of baby’s chest, just above the tummy. This is the end of the breastbone, and in some babies it sticks out for a few months. Around the second or their month you will find several pea-sized lumps beneath the skin on the back of the head and along the neck. These are normal lymph glands.