When is our newborn’s first doctor’s visit?

Anytime during the first week of life, but ideally between days 3 and 5.

Most pediatricians want to see a baby who is exclusively breastfeeding a few days after discharge from the hospital. The purpose of this visit is to check the newborn’s weight, assess for jaundice, discuss the infant’s voiding and stooling patterns, and address any concerns that you may have as a new parent.

Of course, your pediatrician may want to see your baby sooner if there are any concerns. Babies who are exclusively formula-fed should also be seen within the first week of life, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Reviewed by Dr. Sara Connolly, August 2019

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