B reast cancer risk reduced
R espiratory infections decreased-pneumonia, RSV, bronchitis
E ar infections reduced (three times fewer)
A llergies are decreased - hay fever, eczema, asthma
S IDS is reduced. Skin is soft and smells good. Species specific.
T ouching is enhanced (bonding) skin-to-skin contact, hormones triggered
F ertility delayed; prolactin at work
E asy night feedings, easy feedings when away from home
E xpenses are reduced, fewer doctor bills, easy on budget
D iabetes risk is reduced, diarrhea is reduced
I mmunity increased, colostrums, improved health, IQ higher, intestinal illnesses are decreased and less severe
N atural child spacing, family planning
G oing places is easy
Developed by Rose Schlesser, RN, BSN, IBCLC
How to Rouse a Sleepy Baby for Feeding
- Try arousing the baby when he/she is in a light sleep. Look for rapid eye movements under the eyelids, arm or leg movements, sucking movements or changes in facial expressions.
- Dim the lights, if bright, to make the baby close his/her eyes.
- Loosen or remove blankets.
- Unwrap baby down to the diaper if the room is warm-sucking activity decreases in temps above 80 degrees.
- Talk to the baby and attempt to make eye contact.
- Hold the baby in the upright position or standing position.
- Bend the baby gently into a sit-up position on your lap, bending him/her at the waist. Never try to force the baby to bend at the waist because this could cause internal damage.
- Rub or pat baby's back or walk your fingers up the baby's spine.
- Change baby's diaper.
- Gently rub the baby's hands and feet.
- Increase baby's skin-to-skin contact with mother with massage and bath.
- Manipulate baby's arms and legs in a gentle "pat-a-cake."
- Wipe baby's forehead and cheeks with a cool, damp cloth.
- Circle baby's lips with a fingertip.
- Express milk onto baby's lips.
Keeping Baby Interested
- Make sure the hand supporting the breast keeps the weight of the breast off baby's chin.
- Switch breasts as soon as baby begins to lose interest in sucking.
- Burp baby or change the diaper between sides to keep interest going.
- Try using a football hold rather than the cradle hold when nursing.
- Massage baby's crown in a circular motion while nursing.
Visit http://www.breastfeeding.com/ or http://www.lalecheleague.org/ for more information.