Going Home Instructions

Parenting in the Early Years

Going Home Instructions

Most parents feel unprepared when they leave the hospital with their new baby. They frequently worry about problems with illness and feeding.

Signs of Illness

  • Temperature of more than 100.4° F
  • Difficulty arousing, loss of consciousness or seizure activity
  • Labored or difficulty breathing
  • Poor feeding
  • Your infant feels limp and floppy
  • Repeated or forceful vomiting
  • Diarrhea (frequent watery or bloody stools)
  • Blue lips or very pale skin that appears white or gray
  • Yellow skin color
  • Foul smelling or inflamed umbilical cord

Rely on your instincts. If your child seems sick or you feel that you are having problems, contact your child's physician for advice.

Normal Breast-Feeding Patterns

Below is a list of normal patterns seen with breast-feeding infants. If your infant is not following these patterns, contact your child's physician or the Meriter breast-feeding helpline at (608) 417-6547 or

1-800-261-4449. It is much better to address concerns early than to wait for a serious problem to develop. Most breast-feeding problems can be easily corrected if dealt with early.

  • Infant is latching onto the breast properly and sucking rhythmically
  • Breast-feeding at least eight times per day
  • Your infant seems satisfied after feeding
  • Urinating (peeing) more than 6 times a day
  • Stool changes to yellow or light tan and seedy after 4 to 5 days
  • Having four or more bowel movements per day

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