Difficulty learning to eat

Whether you choose to breast-feed or bottle-feed, for the first few days after your baby's birth, you may find it difficult to interest your newborn in eating. This isn't uncommon. Some babies just seem to adopt a slow-and-sleepy approach to eating. If you're concerned that your baby isn't getting enough nourishment, talk to your baby's nurse or doctor. Occasionally, pokey eaters require tube feedings to help them along for a few days. Soon they'll catch on and breast-feed or bottle-feed with enthusiasm.

Over the first week, a newborn will lose about 10 percent of his or her birth weight. Monitoring changes in a baby's weight helps gauge the amount of milk a baby is taking. Work with your baby's health care provider to monitor your baby's growth throughout his or her first year of life.

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