We hope your labor and delivery went well, and that mom and baby are getting some much needed rest. Now that you’re the proud parents of a newborn, you may be thinking, “Now what?” Don’t get worked up over everything you’ll have to learn in the coming weeks.
Our physicians make hospital rounds each morning. A thorough exam is done on each baby to make sure health problems do not exist. The physician will then visit the new mother to answer any questions. Our physicians make newborn visits at the following hospitals:
We are sure that lots of questions have appeared since your prenatal visit with us, and we are more than happy to answer anything you ask. Here are a few frequently asked questions from new parents during a newborn visit.
When will my pediatrician visit my newborn in the hospital?
Our Pediatrics East doctors make rounds each morning, seeing all newborns whose parents have chosen Pediatrics East as their pediatrician of choice. During this visit, the pediatrician performs a thorough exam of your newborn to check all the following:
- general health status
How do I know if my baby is eating enough?
A healthy baby should eat until they’re full. In the moment, you can look for the following behaviors:
- They pull away from your breast or bottle
- They fall asleep during feeding
- They keep their mouth closed when trying to feed
You can also look for factors after a feeding, such as:
- Plenty of wet diapers
- Steady weight gain
- An alert and active baby
What if I’m having issues with breastfeeding?
In addition to the top physicians in Memphis, we also have two wonderful lactation consultants on the Peds East team. Brandi Jordan and Cindy Earle are happy to work with you regarding any concerns about lactation or breastfeeding.
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What other questions should I ask the pediatrician in the hospital?
You don't need any specific questions ready for our pediatricians, but they are more than happy to answer any concerns you have or guide you in the right direction.
A few questions we often get include:
- Is my baby sleeping enough?
- How can we tell if my baby is hungry?
- What should my baby's bowel movement look like? What's healthy?
It’s important to remember that there are no silly questions when it comes to newborns. We understand that this is a time full of experimenting and learning, and are prepared to help you navigate this thing called parenthood.
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