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Knock Down the Hurdles to Breastfeeding
Breastfeeding is one of the greatest health advantages you can give your infant.
A breastfed baby may be less prone to ear infections and diarrhea. The child may also face less risk of developing diabetes, obesity, and asthma, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says. The AAP also recommends breastfeeding because of to its association with the reduced risk for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
Ideally, you should breastfeed exclusively for the first six months, with a goal of continuing breast milk for at least the first year. But you may face obstacles.
Both mom and baby must learn how to breastfeed in the first few days. This is the time when antibody-rich and easily digestible colostrum is produced. Some mothers worry that colostrum isn't enough to nourish their baby, but it's the perfect food for newborns. Breast milk comes in for most mothers from two to five days after birth.
Moms who want to keep breastfeeding when they go back to work may face barriers such as a supervisor's lack of support or rigid work hours.
Knowing the hurdles helps you find ways around them. Here are some tips:
Let your labor nurse know that you would like to have your new baby placed naked against your bare skin right after delivery. This skin-to-skin interaction calms your infant and helps in the transition to the new environment.
Tell the hospital you want only breast milk for your newborn. If someone recommends formula, discuss this with your pediatrician prior to feeding it to your baby. Sometimes, you can use your own milk to supplement rather than formula. Keep your baby in your room during your hospital stay. This will allow you to learn the signs that your baby is hungry and would like to nurse.
Don't worry if you don't have a lot of milk in the first 72 hours after the birth. You are making everything that your baby needs. The newborn stomach is very small and does not need much colostrum to fill it up.
If your baby isn't latching on properly your nipples can get sore. Have an expert watch you feed your baby and offer suggestions.
Talk with your superiors and colleagues to arrange for breastfeeding or pumping at work. If you let coworkers know how important breastfeeding is to your baby, they're more likely to help you.
You may experience minor pain from a plugged milk duct. Drinking lots of liquid and encouraging your baby to breastfeed frequently may resolve the problem. But if you're achy or feverish, see a doctor. You may have an infection that requires medication.
Get information from sound sources. These include your pediatrician, the AAP, or a certified lactation consultant.
Take care of yourself. Continue taking your multivitamin, stay hydrated (drink a 10 oz. glass of water or noncaffeine fluid every time you breastfeed to keep up your milk supply), and try to eat healthy. Remember that nursing your baby is a time to relax and enjoy the bond of motherhood.
Be realistic about the hurdles of breastfeeding so you don't give up. If you have questions or concerns, consult your health care providers before you discontinue nursing.
You Gave the Gift of Love – Now Give the Gift of a Lifetime.
Breastfeed for a healthy beginning!
When you make the choice to breastfeed, you not only provide your newborn with the best possible method of nourishment, you may also give your baby extended benefits such as increased immunity, better health, a strong maternal bond and perhaps even enhanced intelligence.
The Lactation Center
The Lactation Center at the Maternity Place was founded to provide support to you and your newborn as you begin the process of breastfeeding. The center is also here to assist with any questions or concerns that may arise before or after birth.
Recently, the The International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE) and the International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA) recognized The Lactation Center with the IBLCE Care Award. The honor was given because the Maternity Place hires International Board Certified Lactation Consultants and has a dedicated lactation program -- an initiative that protects, promotes and supports breastfeeding and provides breastfeeding training to employees and staff.
Breastfeeding Support Services for You and Your Baby
The Lactation Center offers the following breastfeeding support services and educational classes for your transition to motherhood:
Breast Pump Rental: Found to be the most effective and gentle way of assisting mothers with milk expression, we are the only hospital in Broward County that rents hospital grade electric breast pumps, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Breast pump kits are available for purchase if needed.
Breastfeeding Supply Store: Whether its breast pumps, pads, carriers or breastfeeding pillows, our store offers you a variety of products. We can also fit you for a nursing bra, even in difficult to find sizes! Click here for a list of products.
"Warm Line" Telephone Counseling Service for Breastfeeding: Our Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) RNs are available to provide assistance to you and your baby. With just a phone call, our consultants will be pleased to answer any of your breastfeeding questions. At your convenience, you can reach us at 954-468-5276.
Private Consultations: Whether you have delivered at Broward Health Medical Center or at another facility, our Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) RNs are available by appointment for outpatient consultations. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call us at 954-468-5276.
Breastfeeding Support Group: Our breastfeeding support group allows you and other mothers to Grow Together by sharing insightful ideas on early mothering. Our board certified lactation consultants are also available to provide additional assistance and resources. Sessions are free and offered the third Thursday of every month from 10:30AM-12:00PM. The location for this class is at the Sibling Room, 3 South Tower. Click here for class schedule.
Breastfeeding Basics Class: Intended to teach expectant mothers the basics of breastfeeding, this class includes everything you need to know about proper positioning techniques, infant feeding behaviors and how to manage common problems. Classes are $10 per couple and are held the first and third Wednesday of every month from 6:00-8:00PM. The location for this class is at the Cancer Center Conference Room. To register, please call Broward Health Line at 954-759-7400. Click here for class schedule.
The Lactation Center Location
The Lactation Center is located on the third floor of Broward Health Medical Center, 1600 S. Andrews Ave. For more information or to arrange a consultation, please call 954-468-5276. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30am-4:30pm, other times available by appointment only.
For more information about our services or to register by phone, please call Broward Health Line at 954-759-7400.