| ||As a parent, some times you end up questioning when to call your child's healthcare provider. As a good rule of thumb, call your child's healthcare provider anytime you have concerns. You know your child best and know when he/she needs to have a check-up. |
For breastfeeding moms, the following signs warrant a call to your baby's healthcare provider:
- If you do not hear your baby swallowing.
- If you are unable to wake your baby for feedings.
- If your baby does not seem satisfied and seems to eat constantly.
- If by day 4, your baby is not having at least 4 wet diapers a day.
- If by day 5, your milk has not come in and/or stool has not changed from meconium to yellow, seedy stool .
- If you believe your baby is tongue-tied. This is a condition where the frenulum (a piece of tissue that connects the floor of the mouth to the underside of the tongue) is short and restricts the mobility of the tongue. Treatment is easy and involves clipping the frenulum.
- If your baby becomes jaundice. Jaundice is the yellow-coloring of the skin and eyes caused by increased bilirubin levels.
- If there is blood in your baby's stool.
Many times, a referral to a lactation consultant can help correct many of these issues. Be sure to ask your baby's physician for a referral. You can also find a local lactation consultant by clicking here.
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