母乳喂养对母亲和孩子都很重要的原因有两个原因。一个是营养方面，而另一个是心理方面。虽然营养方面无疑是非常重要的，但在孩子和母亲之间发展的心理结合是无与伦比的，没有任何替代方案。Click here for important resources from the Capitol Area Breastfeeding Coalition。
W.e’re committed to helping you get off to a good start with breastfeeding. All of our nurses have extensive training in breastfeeding support. If you have problems nursing your baby and need more specialized help, board-certified lactation consultants are available during your stay at Sparrow.
一种nd our commitment doesn’t end there. Sparrow’s comprehensive newborn care services include ongoing support for breastfeeding moms through the Sparrow Breastfeeding Clinic. Whether you’re just home from the hospital or several months have passed, our specially trained team can help you with common problems such as insufficient milk supply, improper latching, painful feedings, mastitis, feeding multiples, pre-term infants, and more. Our goal is to ensure that you and your baby have a positive breastfeeding experience and the support you need to continue breastfeeding for as long as you wish.
Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Breastfeeding
W.hat could I do prenatally to prepare for breastfeeding?
一种ttend a breastfeeding class to learn about the benefits of breastfeeding for yourself and your baby. There are excellent books available to have as a resource as well. Ask your OB physician to examine your breasts and nipples. If you have inverted nipples the physician may recommend the use of breast shells toward the end of your pregnancy.
一世t is best to put your baby to breast right after the birth. The suck reflex is very strong and most babies are in an alert state for about 2 hours only and then go into a deep sleep. If your baby breastfeeds during this alert time it helps to imprint the breastfeeding so when the baby wakes up from the sleep phase he/she will remember how to latch on and breastfeed.
T.aking Motrin or Advil (with food) and applying ice (a bag of frozen peas works) for 20 minutes after feeds will help if your breasts are very uncomfortable.
一世f latching becomes more difficult due to the firmness of your areolas – try Reverse Pressure Softening (RPS). Place thumb and finger opposite each other just inside the margin of the areola and press in, as if to touch your ribs, and hold for a minute or two. This will soften your areola making latch easier for your baby.
一世f your breasts are too firm to do RPS then hand express or pump a little milk off and then try RPS again before attempting to latch.
How often should my baby breastfeed?
一世s there a way to be certain that my baby is getting enough breastmilk from me?
一世t is very reassuring to "see" that your baby is getting enough. Using a feeding diary in the first few days will help. Record each time your baby breastfeeds and the wet and dirty diapers. By the fourth day of life and beyond, when the breastmilk supply has increased, your baby should be breastfeeding between 8-12 times in 24 hours, have 6-10 very wet diapers, and at least 2 dirty diapers. The stool should change to mustard yellow, seedy and loose consistency.
T.he American Academy of Pediatrics recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months of life. This means the baby will get only breastmilk. If the baby is ready, solid foods will begin at 6 months, while breastmilk continues to be the main source of nutrition through at least the first year or longer as you desire.
一世will be returning to work in a few weeks. What should I look for when selecting a breastpump to use at work?
最好的选择是使用breastpump允许you to pump both breasts at the same time. It needs to have auto cycle action and an effective amount of negative pressure. This is difficult to determine by simply looking at the package information! Many women will choose to rent an electric pump from a rental station. These are very effective pumps and support the breastmilk supply well. Other women will purchase a pump. If you desire to purchase a pump it is helpful to discuss your specific work situation with a lactation consultant to help you determine which pump would be best for you.
一世f I need help with breastfeeding, where can I get help? Is there a credential I should look for to be certain the lactation specialist is qualified?
“祝贺你宝贝”包你received during your pregnancy or after delivery, there is a list of breastfeeding resources也可以在这里访问。T.his list has information to guide you to the help you need. Breastpump rental stations and lactation consultants are listed there. When selecting a lactation consultant, look for the credential IBCLC. This indicates that the LC is certified by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners and has successfully passed the board. You can rest assured that the practice will be research based and current.