Breastfeeding Tips

Celebrate National Breastfeeding Month With Us

August National Breastfeeding Month. According to the CDC, 77% of infants were breastfeeding as of 2013, and 49% of those were still breastfeeding at six months. Still, many infants aren’t breastfed as long as doctors recommend. At Pediatric Associates of Franklin, we want to encourage breastfeeding and answer your most pressing questions. How Can I

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Kid Fever

Childhood Fevers

Fevers are part of childhood. The average child will come down with several viruses and fevers every year. Knowing what to do about a fever and when to call the doctor can give you peace of mind as a parent, and keep your child safe from illnesses and infections. Use this resource as a basic

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Your Newborn at the Hospital - Pediatric Associates of Franklin

Your Newborn at the Hospital

Your Newborn at the HospitalWhen you first get admitted to the hospital, they will ask you “Who is your pediatrician?”. Let them know of the exact doctor you have chosen from our practice. Your pediatrician will then be notified at the time of delivery and within the first 24 hours after birth your baby will have a complete physical examination by one our doctors from Pediatric Associates of Franklin.

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Bringing Baby Home - Pediatric Associates of Franklin

Your Newborn Comes Home

There is a mix of excitement and anxiety that occurs as you leave the hospital for your first night at home as a new parent. Don’t worry; it will all work out. Some of the things you will be watching is the feeding, urine output, bowel movements and yellowing of the skin.

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Newborn's First Doctor Visit - Pediatric Associates of Franklin

Your Newborn’s First Office Visit

Once you are home, you and your baby will begin to develop certain patterns and schedules. Most babies do well whether they are breast or bottle fed. After a few days at home, we would like for you to bring your baby to the office for their first appointment.

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Car Seat - Pediatric Associates of Franklin

Newborn Safety that First Week

Use a carseat with all the straps and the car seat belt buckled. Follow your carseat’s instructions carefully. The infant is safest in the backseat and facing toward the rear of the vehicle.

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Breastfeeding - Franklin, TN

Breast Feeding Your Newborn

Breastfeeding is supported enthusiastically by parents and pediatricians. Breast milk is universally nutritious and agreeable. The encounter between mother and baby at nursing time is emotionally satisfying to both. In most nurseries, healthy newborns are allowed to nurse immediately after birth. We do recommend breastfeeding infants receive a vitamin D supplement.  Discuss this issue with

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Bottle Feeding Tips - Pediatric Associates of Franklin

Bottle Feeding Your Newborn

Infant formulas are nutritious and well accepted. The American Academy of Pediatrics currently recommends the use of an iron-containing formula for all bottle-fed babies until the end of the first year of life. In line with this, we do not recommend the use of cow’s milk in the first year. Two formulas with the longest

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Milk Storage Guidelines - Pediatric Associates of Franklin

Milk Storage

Formula manufacturers recommend that prepared formula be discarded after 24 hours in the refrigerator. If you are using the powdered formula, a can of dry powder is good for one month once it is opened.

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