Your baby: Week 3

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Baby in the bed
Whether your baby sleeps with you is personal decision you and your partner have to make. Here are some of the pros…

If you put your infant to sleep in the same bed as you, you might get better sleep, as you will not have to get out of your bed every time your baby wants to be breastfed.
If your baby constantly wakes up at night, putting him to sleep next to you may help him feel secure, and help him sleep through the night.

...and cons

Your baby may face more safety risks than sleeping in his own crib. Don’t let your baby sleep with you if you or your partner is under the influence of any drug or are obese, as these increase your chance of smothering the baby.
Don't allow older siblings to sleep with a baby under nine months. Sleeping children do not have the same awareness of a tiny baby as you have.
Your sleep may be disturbed by your constant awareness of the baby’s every breath.

Take care of you...

Contraception and breastfeeding

Breastfeeding is not a contraceptive – ask anyone who has two children nine months apart. Your periods may not return while you are breastfeeding but you could still ovulate, so unless you really want to have a small gap between babies, plan to use contraception while you are breastfeeding.

 The mini-pill, which does not contain oestrogen and has lower progesterone, should not affect your breastfeeding.
 The normal combination pill is not recommended during breastfeeding as it can decrease your milk supply.
 The contraceptive injection can be used during breastfeeding, as can most other forms of contraception such as the diaphragm, IUD and condoms.

... and think about
 
What’s the point of going to the clinic?

In the weeks following your baby’s birth you will be advised to go to the clinic regularly. You may be able to go to the clinic where you did ante-natal classes. Most hospitals have a baby clinic and often some pharmacies have baby clinics as well. You could also go to the nearest government hospital’s clinic.

The aim of going to the clinic is to check on how you and your baby are progressing and to discuss any problems you may be experiencing. The clinic will:

 weigh the baby;
 measure the height of the baby;
 give your baby his first immunisations, when they are due;
 check if your baby is latching correctly;
 discuss any concerns with you from your postpartum bleeding, to nipples to general health;
 discuss the baby’s routine and often recommend that you keep a routine chart so that you can see if a pattern is emerging.

Aside from the physical check ups, the clinic also becomes a great emotional and social support. All the moms going to the clinic have new babies and feel the way you do, so it is a great place to chat to each other and share problems.

It is often a good idea to choose one clinic and go on the same day each time so you establish a bond with a set of moms who go at the same time. If your partner is available to go with you, this can be a wonderful opportunity for him to ask questions that are bothering him.

Go back to the complete list of Baby week-by-week updates.

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