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Deborah Bittar, MD Provider Pearl – New Moms: make sure you take care of yourself too!

By Deborah Bittar, MD

New Moms: make sure you take care of yourself too! New moms need 3 meals a day and 2
snacks to make good breast milk. Yes you should drink 6oz of fluids every time you nurse, but
you also need good quality food. Equally important is trying to take a nap daily since your night
sleep is so interrupted.

New moms.

Newborn schedules:  Your newborn will need to nurse every 1.5-3hrs. To try and encourage good night time sleep, try to limit daytime naps to no longer than 2hrs at a time. Then at bedtime, set your alarm for 4hrs. Your baby most likely will wake to eat sooner, but one longer
stretch of sleep of 4hrs is fine in the first few weeks. Try to keep the lights low and talk less to the baby at night to encourage her to eat then return to sleep. Then during the day, keep the lights up and frequently talk to your baby. Although it is wonderful to hold your baby, when sleeping put the baby in her safe bassinet so she gets used to sleeping on her own. And encourage her to not fall asleep at the breast.

The bivalent COVID vaccine (also known as the Omicron variant COVID-19 vaccine) is now approved for all ages 6 months or over.

What this may mean for your child/children:

1) If they have received the bivalent COVID-19 vaccine already, then you are considered fully vaccinated at this point.

2) If your child is between 6 months and 5 years old, and have either not started the vaccine series, or have only partially completed the series, they will need to receive the bivalent vaccine(s) to complete that series.

3) If your child is 5 years or older and has never received the bivalent COVID-19 vaccine, they likely have some antibody protection to COVID-19 and need just a single bivalent vaccine to be considered completely vaccinated.

If you have any questions about your child’s COVID-19 vaccine needs, please contact our office. You can contact our office at Towson by calling (410) 494-1369 or our Foundry Row location at (410) 526-7993.