Breastfeeding: A Family Affair

The Benefits of Breastfeeding

To your baby:

  • The milk you make is just right for YOUR baby.
  • Breastmilk is easier for the baby to digest than formula.
  • Breastmilk fights germs.
  • Breastmilk decreases risk for food allergies.
  • Breastmilk decreases risk that your baby will develop juvenile diabetes.
  • Breastmilk changes as your body changes.
  • The act of breastfeeding gives a baby a sense of security and belonging.

To you and your family:

  • Breastfeeding is convenient - no bottles to prepare, no worrying about proper storage.
  • Breastfeeding saves money. Potential savings of $1,435 in health care costs for infants breastfed for six months according to recent research, and $1,000 in cost of formula for one year.
  • Environmentally friendly - no waste to go into landfills.
  • Decreases mother's risk for breast cancer prior to menopause.
  • Helps moms recover faster from the delivery process.
  • Promotes confidence in parenting skills.

Dads can help too!

Dads are important people in the parenting process.

What are some ways they can nurture mom and baby?

  • Create a positive environment which supports and encourages mom to breastfeed.
  • Take time to focus on mom and baby in the early weeks. If possible, cut back on work for a couple of weeks to help mom get to know your baby.
  • Help keep the house organized and clean.
  • Help the other children adjust. Spend special time with them.
  • Take the baby and any other children for a walk while mom takes a shower or rests.
  • Hold and cuddle your newborn baby after mom is finished nursing. Give baths and massages to your little one. Talk and sing. Babies love hearing the deeper voices of dads.
  • If you see that mom and baby need help, encourage mom to contact a professional who will be supportive of your family's chosen feeding preference. Call Fisher-Titus Medical Center and ask to talk to our Lactation Consultant.

Grandparents are important too!

  • Provide support and encouragement.
  • Schedule outings with other children.
  • Bring dinner when visiting.

When to Call for Help

  • Your baby wets less than four times in a 24-hour period by day four, or urine is orange or dark yellow after three days.
  • Your baby's bowel movements have not changed to a yellow-mustard color and increased in amount and frequency by day four.
  • Baby is nursing less than eight times a day or more than 14 times a day.
  • You can not hear your baby swallowing during feeding. Frequency of swallowing at the breast should increase throughout the first week. You should not hear a clicking sound.
  • Your baby's skin is becoming yellow in color.
  • You have sore nipples which are not getting better or are becoming more sore, are cracked or bleeding.
  • Your breasts are so engorged (swollen and hard) that you cannot latch baby on. You notice any red areas or lumps on your breasts.
  • You have ANY concerns about breastfeeding.
  • Your baby is listless, soft spot is depressed, color is pale, and mucous membranes are dry inside of mouth.

Lactation Services by Fisher-Titus Medical Center

  • International Board Certified Lactation Consultant on staff to serve the needs of nursing moms and babies
  • Telephone consultation
  • Visits and support for moms and babies in the hospital
  • Support for moms and babies at home
  • Referrals from and to other professional services
  • Educational in-services for professionals
  • Prenatal breastfeeding education - Individual and group settings
  • Breast pump rentals

For more information or to schedule an appointment with a Lactation Consultant, call 800-668-8788, Ext. 6490.

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