Lactation Support

Feeding your newborn is one of the most special moments you will share and helps nurture your infant both physically and emotionally.  How to feed your newborn is a very personal decision that you and your family should discuss before the baby is born.  Breastfeeding offers many benefits to both mother and baby and is the recommended source of nutrition for all infants until age 6 months, at which age complimentary solid feedings may be added.  Breastfeeding can be intimidating, and challenging, to many new mothers.  We are here to help!  Please discuss your questions about your newborn feeding with a PAMPA provider during your prenatal visit.  Many of our providers and staff are very comfortable providing lactation assistance during your newborn’s visit.  If you feel you may need this extra help, simply ask our staff for providers who offer this service when you schedule your newborn visits.

 

Tips to successful breastfeeding initiation:

  1. Offer the first breastfeed as soon as your obstetrician feels you and the baby are ready – preferably in the delivery room.
  2. Ask for help when you are in the hospital from both your nursing staff and the lactation team.
  3. Avoid using a pacifier until breastfeeding is well-established – meaning it is becoming easier for both you and the baby, and you are starting to have a good milk supply.
  4. Feed your newborn on demand – when she is hungry rather than watching the clock.   Most newborns will nurse every 1-3 hours, with a rare 4-hour nap.  At least 8-12 feedings in 24 hours ensures adequate intake.
  5. Newborns lose weight in the first several days of life – this is normal, but also one of the reasons the first visit, 2-3 days after hospital discharge, is so important.  Your PAMPA provider will let you know if we think your baby’s weight loss is concerning.
  6. Some newborns do need formula supplementation until breastfeeding is well established – please ask us or lactation about how to supplement if you feel your newborn is still hungry.
  7. Be patient!  Most new mothers find it can take up to 2 weeks to feel very comfortable with nursing – if you really want to feed you baby breastmilk, it will work – keep asking us for help and guidance.

 

There are many resources for breastfeeding information, and your delivering hospital will offer breastfeeding classes and lactation consultants for guidance.One trusted source is the American Academy of Pediatrics Healthy Children page:





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