How to Take Care of a Baby
There are many important things to know about a new baby that you might not think about. Be sure to carefully read some of the links below to make sure your baby stays safe and healthy.These links are not a complete baby guide or a substitute for your own personal education. Buy baby books, attend parenting classes, and receive advice from doctors and other mothers! Sign up for Text4Baby! This is a free text messaging service that will send you information about your pregnancy and tips for you baby’s first year. It is absolutely free! Text BABY to 511411 to start receiving tips. For more information: https://text4baby.org/
This handbook has many helpful tips on what to expect during and after your pregnancy, as well as ways to track how you are doing: Baby Steps Handbook for Teen Moms-To-Be -Health Net Federal Services
More Online Resources
- Newborn Care -Parents
- A Guide for First-Time Parents -Kids Health
- Sleep and Newborns –Kids Health
- Immunization Schedule (For Your Baby) –Kids Health
- Bonding With Your Baby –Kids Health
Look here for information on many different topics related to pregnancy and newborn care! Pregnancy & Newborn Center –Kids Health
Breast milk is the best thing you can feed your baby in the beginning. Breastfeeding is healthy for the baby, safe, cheap, and a bonding experience for you and your baby. Breast milk is full of important nutrients and antibodies to help your baby grow and keep him or her healthy.
Breastfeeding often requires help and guidance; while it is natural it’s also a skill that needs to be learned. If you deliver at a hospital or birthing center, you can ask if they have a lactation consultant (someone who helps with breastfeeding) there to help your baby latch on. Here are places to receive breastfeeding lessons, support, and guidance when you become a mother:
Rockland County Dept of Health
- 50 Sanatorium Road, Building J Pomona, NY
- 845-364-3865 for information or to register for a support group
- Breastfeeding Promotion and Support Program- counseling in person and over the phone, information, support, resources, classes, support groups
- Clinic- 258 High Avenue, Nyack, NY 10960.
- Breastfeeding classes
- 255 Lafayette Ave. (Route 59), Suffern, NY. 845-368-5000
- La Leche League
- (845) 356-1355 Ramapo, (845) 323-8977 Clarkstown,
- Breastfeeding support
If you are in school, it might be difficult to arrange breastfeeding. However, it can still be possible by pumping your breastmilk. Talk to a lactation specialist or a support group for help how.
- Pumping Breast Milk 101 -What to Expect
- For Teens: Going Back to School and Breastfeeding -Breastfeeding USA
Read more the importance of breastfeeding and how to do it below:
- Better Breastfeeding: A Guide for Teen Parents (some videos for free)
- For Teen Mothers: What Breastfeeding is Like in the First Days -Breastfeeding USA
- Helping Adolescent Mothers Breastfeed -La Leche League
- Breastfeeding for Beginners -BabyCentre
- How to Breastfeed -March of Dimes
- Breastfeeding FAQs: Getting Started -Kids Health
If breastfeeding is not realistic for you for any reason, you will have to use formula to feed your baby. Read below about formula feeding.