Your baby: Week 4

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What's the baby up to? 

Growth points
Newborns quickly learn to communicate. They seek interaction with you and express how they feel with sounds and facial expressions. Your baby's eyes will track your movements, and his face will brighten when you cuddle. Even at a few days old, he may try to mimic you sticking out your tongue. Each baby is born with a unique personality or temperament, categorised as quiet, sensitive, demanding, or easily distracted. For example, some newborns are hypersensitive to stimuli and are easily overloaded. These babies may overreact to playful rocking, while other less sensitive babies might respond with excited wriggling that begs for more.

Month 1 - milestones
By the end of the first month of life, most babies will:
Raise their heads when on their stomachs; 
Keep their hands in tight fists; 
Look at objects and faces and prefer the human face over other patterns; 
Respond when hearing a noise with movement, such as eye blinking, acting startled, or changing their breathing rate.

Take care of you… 

Weight loss after pregnancy
We’ve all seen Heidi Klum walking the catwalk within weeks of her child’s birth, but many of us end up carrying a little extra weight for a good few months or more. Most women lose about 10 kg when giving birth, and unless you have a personal trainer like Heidi, the rest comes off slowly as your hormones return to level. The best advice is to relax and breastfeed your baby – by breastfeeding you can lose 0.5 to 1kg per month.

Some tips for weight loss:
Eat a balanced low-fat, high-fibre diet and breastfeed your baby. 
Don’t starve yourself and don't pop diet pills. 
Get active: go for long walks in the fresh air with your baby.                                                                                                               Drink lots of water as breastfeeding can make you madly thirsty, which can be mistaken for hunger.

Can I store breastmilk?

Now that you’re getting the hang of feeding your baby, you may be ready to try expressing. Nothing like being attached to an electric breast pump to make you feel like a cow for real! Expressing and storing milk can give your partner the chance to feed your baby with a bottle and this creates special bonding time. Other caregivers can easily make sure that your baby is fed on time if you need to go out. Doing this now prepares you all for when you have to go back to work.

You can store your breast milk in the fridge or the freezer, providing that you use sterilised containers – like glass bottles or breast milk cups. 
Write on the container the day that you expressed the milk. 
You can store it in the fridge for up to 8 days at 0 to 3.9 degrees Celsius) or in the freezer a freezer for 3 – 4 months (separate from the fridge with its own door and not a compartment within the fridge). 
Leave space at the top of the storage container to allow for expansion of the milk when it freezes. 

Dos and don’ts
Don't refreeze breast milk after you have taken it out to thaw. 
Don’t freeze a bottle of milk that your baby has drunk from. 
Thawed breast milk will look different from “fresh” breast milk – it might look a little blue, yellow or brown and it can also separate in layers. But chuck it if you think it smells dodgy.
Keep your breast pump sterilised after every time you use it.

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