2 Weeks to 2 Months

Baby’s Weight

  • If baby has regained birth weight, the new rule is “never wake a sleeping baby.” This is the rule for day and night sleep.

How to increase your milk supply

  • Continue to feed baby on both breasts with every feed. Around 10-20 minutes on both sides.
  • Around 1 month of life breast feeding may become more efficient, and baby may empty each breast in less than 10 minutes. This is a good thing!
  • Pump your breasts when they are empty. 5 minutes is sufficient.
  • Only pump the breasts immediately after a feed, not in between feeds.
  • If your breasts are painfully engorged with milk, but your baby is not ready to eat, you can manually express breast milk to relieve the pressure. If you pump your breasts until they are empty, it will increase your production and worsen this problem.

Hunger Cues

  • If baby is awake and unhappy, first assume she is hungry. If baby seems full, put her down on her back to make sure. If she cries when this happens, she needs more food. 
  • If baby refuses to eat and won’t stop crying no matter what you do, contact the pediatrician.

Development

  • If baby is awake and quiet, you should be doing tummy time. 
  • Baby needs two things for development at this age. Tummy time and hearing words from the people he cares about. You should do these at the same time.

Tummy Time

  • Do this any time baby is awake and quiet.
  • Push up position on a firm, flat surface.
  • Have baby facing a long, horizontal mirror. For example, the kind you might find on the back of a closet door in your home.
  • Keep baby’s head in midline, facing the mirror, during tummy time.
  • Do tummy time until baby cries. Feel the burn!

Preventing Flat Head Syndrome

  • Some babies get flat heads, which may require a helmet to mold the head back to normal.
  • Tummy time whenever baby is awake and quiet.
  • No equipment (bouncers, swings, floor chairs, etc). These cause head flattening.
  • Alternate which arm you hold baby with.

Spitting Up

  • All babies spit up; most of the time they swallow it down without you noticing. As long as baby is feeding well and stops crying when fed, this can be ignored.
  • Just a little spit up or what seems like the whole feed, 2 minutes or 2 hours after the feed, curdled or not curdled, this is normal as long as baby is feeding well and stops crying when fed. If baby won’t stop crying no matter what you do, call the doctor.
  • Babies do not suffocate on their spit up.

Burping Baby

  • Generally speaking, burping is overrated. 
  • If you want, burp baby for 1-2 minutes after the feed is over (not during), then put her down to see if she is actually full. If baby cries when you put her down, she needs more food.

Infant Sleep Patterns

  • You should not expect any sleep pattern at this age, and that's ok!
  • Never wake a sleeping baby.
  • If your baby is crying, assume he is hungry until proven otherwise.
  • Please see our guide to infant sleep in the first year for more information.

Baby is Crying

  • First, assume your baby is still hungry, no matter how recently you fed her or how much she ate.
  • If baby won’t stop crying no matter what you do, contact the doctor