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Breastfeeding support is important

Updated: Nov 10, 2021

Lactation support begins during pregnancy. This ensures that the mother knows the benefits of breastfeeding for her and her child. She, then, can make the best informed decision of how to feed her infant based on what works for her and her family. One of our goals with our mothers is to provide them with the best support along the way. One of the ways that we can support our mothers and their families is to educate them on the benefits of breastfeeding.

Most everyone knows that breast feeding has great benefits for the baby. Did you know that mothers that breast feed also have many health benefits? Mothers that choose to breastfeed have a lower chance of developing breast, ovarian, endometrial, and uterine cancer. Heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and osteoporosis risks are also lowered by continuing to breast feed.

Breast feeding also provides non health benefits to mothers as well. When a mother nurses, her body releases oxytocin (often called the love hormone) and helps her to rest and relax. This also helps create a bonding experience with the mother and infant.

After your child is born, lactation (should this say consultant afterwards)? will see you during your stay. We will discuss your feeding plans and goals, observe feedings, and ensure proper latch technique and positioning are obtained. We want to make sure that upon discharge our mothers and their families have a solid foundation with breast feeding basics and can feel confident in their ability to feed their child.

If along the journey breast feeding problems should arise, phone calls and private appointments can be made with lactation (should this say consultant afterwards)? to support the mother.

Support of the mother and baby nursing relationship can also blossom by having the significant other and support people present when education is given. This group of people that are closest to the mother can help to encourage her when she is at home by bringing her water and snacks, ensure that she rest and do skin to skin with the baby, and by reminding her of latch techniques when breast feeding is uncomfortable. The support that she receives at home is essential for the breast feeding relationship to be successful.

We at Decatur Morgan Hospital will support you along your breast feeding journey.

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