How do I choose a breast pump?

How do I choose a breast pump?

When deciding what kind of pump to use or if you even need a pump, it is important to consider what mom’s needs will be. Will breast/chest fed baby always be taken along with mom or will mom be returning to work and need expressed milk? Mom may need to run errands and...

Will an NCS travel with a family?

Will an NCS travel with a family?

It is up to the Newborn Care Specialist if they are will to travel with a family or not, but in most cases yes an NCS will travel for work.  It is required that the family pay for the NCS’s travel including airfare, accommodations, food and the NCS’s 24 hour...

How to choose a baby name?

How to choose a baby name?

Having a baby is so exciting and emotional. One of the first things parents think about are what to name their unborn baby. It is one of the hardest things to decide on. Choosing a name that your child will have for the rest of its life is a huge decision. Will people...

What are Dr. Karp’s Five S’s?

What are Dr. Karp’s Five S’s?

New parents often ask what do we do for a fussy baby? How can we calm them? As an NCS it is our job to not only soothe a fussy baby, but also educate parents how to soothe their baby when it is crying. The Five S’s are tips for calming a fussy baby in which Dr. Karp...

When and how should I burp a baby?

When and how should I burp a baby?

It is important to notice burping cues from both breastfed and bottle-fed babies. Both breastfed and bottle-fed babies will swallow air from their feedings which causes gas. If a baby begins to fuss, squirm, or push the nipple out of their mouth, stop and try to burp...

How do I know baby is getting enough milk?

How do I know baby is getting enough milk?

Every baby’s feed will look different, but it is important that a breast/chestfed baby is nursing 8-12 times per 24 hours. Many times, during a nursing session the parent or baby will fall asleep and the feed will take longer than usual. It is important to notice if...

What are healthy sleep habits for a newborn?

What are healthy sleep habits for a newborn?

There are many healthy sleep habits to be knowledgeable in for newborns. These sleep habits will carry over into their infant stage of life. It is important for caregivers and parents to be on the same page and that these healthy sleep habits are followed so that baby...

What is breast/chestfeeding?

What is breast/chestfeeding?

Breast/chestfeeding is when parent decides to feed the baby from the breast or chest. The AAP believes breast/chestfeeding is the optimal source of nutrition through the first year of life. Breastfeeding can be easy to some new parents and incredibly stressful for...

How much should a baby eat and how often?

How much should a baby eat and how often?

A common question asked when bringing a new baby home from the hospital is "how much should it be eating and how often?" New parents worry their baby is not getting enough to eat for a few reasons. One reason a parent may worry their baby is not getting enough to eat...

Making the jump to a Newborn Care Specialist!

Making the jump to a Newborn Care Specialist!

Have you ever thought about a career change? I was a preschool teacher for 5 years until I made the decision to switch my career to a Newborn Care Specialist (NCS). I was working two jobs before making the switch. I taught full-time at a small preschool and worked 3...

COVID Tips For Caregivers

COVID Tips For Caregivers

During this time of COVID, everyone has had to figure out their "new normal". Whether you had to leave an office and work from home, got furloughed, lost your job, or things at your job have had to develop new routines and policies there is a lot to figure out. If...