BreastFeeding to my child!
You may have heard that Spartanburg Medical Center has received baby-friendly hospital accreditation. We wanted to take a few minutes to talk through some of the experiences you may notice as part of this opportunity to create a very family centered birth experience. – Have you ever thought about Breastfeeding?
Let’s take a minute to talk about the many benefits to BreastFeeding for both you and your baby so that you will have the best information to make the right decision for both of you. BreastFeeding has many benefits for you including decreasing your risk of cancer, diabetes and heart disease, burning 500 extra calories day and it’s much cheaper, with the perfect temperature, ready-made milk at all times.
But the benefits for your baby are huge and it is truly a gift that you can give to your baby. These are some of the benefits for your breastfed baby. Your baby won’t get sick as often. A baby’s immune system is brand new so they are sick far more often. Our immune systems store memory of all the illnesses that we have had in the form of antibodies and we pass those antibodies through our breast milk.
These antibodies help keep babies from getting sick. Breast milk is easier for babies to digest, meaning less spitting up and less gas pain. Breastfed babies are less likely to die from SIDS or sudden infant death syndrome. BreastFeeding can decrease your baby’s lifetime risk of developing diabetes, obesity and even cancer.
How to BreastFeeding?
BreastFeeding is also a really unique bonding opportunity for you and your baby. – Let’s take a minute to talk about how and when to feed your baby. Your baby will give you feeding cues such as lip smacking, sucking motions and rooting to tell you he is hungry. Watch for these cues and let your baby lead the feeding. This is why rooming in during your hospital stay is so important. – Healthy babies staying the rooms with Mom almost all the time. Rooming in helps you to get to know your baby, her needs and feeding cues better. Both moms and babies are less anxious when they are together.
Your baby’s first bath and official newborn measurements are done in the room with you. We want you to be involved in all aspects of your baby’s care. – Most babies will not need anything other than your breast milk. If your baby needs supplementation, then your pediatrician, lactation consultant and nurses will talk with you about it.
It is a common concern with moms that their baby is not getting enough milk. Starting BreastFeeding early and BreastFeeding exclusively will help establish and maintain your milk supply. Some studies suggest that just one formula feeding can change a baby’s normal intestinal bacteria.
Advantages of BreastFeeding.
This can increase a baby’s risk of infection in the digestive tract. Formula is harder to digest for a new baby. It stays in the stomach longer than breast milk which may cause your baby to feed less often and could cause a decrease in your milk production. – There are different positions that you can use to feed your baby.
It might take some trial and error to find the most comfortable position for you and your baby. We can help show you the positions to see what works best for you. We an also help you make sure you have a successful latch.
A good latch can ensure that your baby gets enough milk and will also prevent excessive soreness. – As soon as your baby is born, we will offer to place your baby up on your chest.
The nurses will dry your baby off and perform their initial assessment all while skin to skin with you. Skin to skin contact helps your baby regulate his or her body temperature, blood sugar levels, respiration and heart rate as well as being very soothing for you and your baby.
Early exclusive BreastFeeding helps decrease your blood loss after delivery and helps encourage your milk to come in. Early frequent feeding after delivery will help your body establish your milk supply.
There are classes offered through the hospital about prepared child birth and prepared BreastFeeding that you may find very helpful. The recommendation is to feed your baby breast milk alone for the fist six months and then to continue BreastFeeding while introducing complementary foods.
Be patient. The first couple of weeks, both you and your baby are learning how to breastfeed.
With lots of practice and lots of support, this will be a very successful and rewarding experience for you. Please let us know if you have any questions. We are here to support you.