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Breastfeeding Support

Although breastfeeding is a natural process, it is also a learned art. If you are thinking about breastfeeding or want information to help you make your infant feeding decision, join our certified lactation consultants in our breastfeeding class. Expectant fathers are also encouraged to attend. Click here for more information about the class.  You may also choose to have this conversation during your prenatal class or by calling the Mercy Family Birth Center at your convenience to speak with a nurse or a breast feeding educator.

Breastfeeding Benefits

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

Waking Techniques

  • 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 open 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.

Increasing Stimulation

  • 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.

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