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Follow-Up Care, Help and Support

When does my baby need a check-up?

Your baby needs to have an appointment with the doctor or midwife within 48 hours or 2 days after your baby leaves the hospital.  Your midwife may visit your baby at home.

Over the next month, the doctor or midwife will continue to check your baby to make sure he is healthy and gaining weight.


Where Can I Get Breastfeeding Support?

In the hospital, you can get help from your nurse, doctor or midwife, or a lactation consultant. When you go home, call your local Public Health Office for information about breastfeeding services in your community.

When should I get help?

Ask a health care provider for help if:

  • Your baby does not want to eat – refuses 2 feedings in a row
  • Your baby does not wake, cry or fuss to be fed after 6 hours
  • Your baby cries a lot and is not sleeping between feedings
  • Your baby vomits 2 whole feedings in a row or vomits at all feedings in 8 hours
  • Your baby does not have the expected number of wet diapers and stools for his age
  • Breastfeeding is painful or your nipples are red, cracked or blistered
  • You feel a burning pain at the nipple or inside your breast
  • You have itching or a rash on your nipple or areola
  • You have a lump on your breast that does not go away with massage after 24 hours
  • You have a fever, or flu-like symptoms
  • You have any questions or concerns about breastfeeding