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Breastfeeding Education. The Best Start for your baby Now is the time to get the facts so you can make a decision on how to feed your baby. Breastfeeding is best for baby. Ideal nutrition to help baby grow Less ear infections and respiratory infections

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Breastfeeding education

Breastfeeding Education

The Best Start for your baby

Now is the time to get the facts so you can make a decision on how to feed your baby

Breastfeeding is best for baby
Breastfeeding is best for baby

  • Ideal nutrition to help baby grow

  • Less ear infections and respiratory infections

  • Less gastrointestinal infections and diarrhea

  • Less Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)

  • Less childhood obesity which means less chance of diabetes and other illnesses later in life

  • Less allergies

  • Higher IQ

  • Formula provides NO protection against infection or illness

Breastfeeding has benefits for mom too
Breastfeeding has benefits for mom, too

  • Less ovarian and breast cancer

  • Get back to pre-pregnancy weight quicker

  • Easier

    • No bottles and nipples

    • No formula to prepare

  • Saves money

    • Breastfeeding is free!

    • WIC only covers part of formula cost

    • Breastfeeding mothers get larger food packages from WIC than mothers who are formula feeding

  • Breastfeeding hormones help mothers feel calm

Skin to skin

  • Should start in the delivery room and as often as possible during your hospital stay

  • For maximum benefit, first skin-to-skin in the delivery room will be at least 60 minutes

  • Baby is dressed in hat and diaper and is placed next to your bare chest

  • Most babies will breastfeed while skin-to-skin in the delivery room

  • ALL babies benefit from skin-to-skin

    • Helps steady baby’s heartbeat and breathing

    • Helps keep baby warm

    • Helps calm baby

    • Calms mom,too

    • Improves bonding between you and your baby

    • Gets breastfeeding off to a good start

  • After the first skin-to-skin in the delivery room, anyone can do skin-to-skin including dads

We do skin-to-skin at Tampa


Wait hold off on that bath
Wait! Hold off on that bath!

  • What is vernix?

    • White protective material that is present on a newborn’s skin at birth

    • Absorbs into baby’s skin in about 24 hrs

  • Vernix should NOT be washed off

  • Benefits of vernix

    • Moisturizes skin – less cracking and peeling

    • Helps prevent infections

  • Other benefits of not bathing

    • Baby stays warmer

    • Blood sugars more stable

    • Longer skin-to-skin

    • More successful breastfeeding

    • Less stressful for baby

Rooming in

  • Rooming-in is when your baby stays with you in your hospital room all the time

  • More chances to bond with your baby

  • More chances to learn how to care for your baby

  • More chances to practice breastfeeding

  • Recognize when your baby is hungry so you can feed them when they are hungry instead of on a strict schedule.

    • This is called “on demand” feeding

We encourage 24 hour

rooming-in at Tampa General

Feeding on cue
Feeding “on cue”

  • Feeding cues are signs a baby shows when they are hungry

  • Feeding “on cue” means feeding your baby when your baby is hungry

  • Feeding on cue prevents breastfeeding complications and helps your milk come in

  • Feeding on cue keeps baby happy

  • Feeding cues are:

    • Moving hands to mouth

    • Rooting (heads moves from side to side

      with mouth open)

    • Sticking out tongue and mouth movements

    • Crying is a late sign – it’s better to feed before baby starts crying

  • Pacifiers cover up feeding cues. Your baby prefers you over a pacifier!

A good latch
A good latch

  • A good latch is important

    • Ensures you make enough milk

    • Ensures baby gets enough breast milk

    • Prevents sore nipples

  • How to get a good latch

    • Hold baby close with tummy and face facing you

    • Use one hand to support your breast and the other to support baby’s head. Tilt baby’s head back slightly.

    • Tickle baby’s upper lip with nipple

    • When mouth opens wide, bring baby to breast chin first

    • Lips should be flared out and chin should be pressed against your breast

Breastfeeding positions
Breastfeeding Positions

  • Why it’s important:

    • Helps with good latch

    • Prevents sore nipples

    • Helps you make enough milk and helps baby get enough milk

  • Tips to get started:

    • Get comfortable

    • Use pillows to bring baby up to chest level

    • Baby’s ear, hip, and shoulder should be in a straight line

    • Bring baby to you. Don’t bend forward

  • Side-lying

    • Lie on your side and place the baby on her side facing you

    • This is a great position after a C-section

  • Cradle hold

    • Your forearm supports the baby’s back and your hand supports the baby’s bottom.

    • Hand opposite the breast baby is nursing can support the breast


Cradle hold

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Breastfeeding Positions

  • Cross cradle

    • Hold baby across your lap using the arm opposite the breast the baby is nursing on to support baby. Use the hand on the same side to support your breast.

    • Works well for small babies or when baby is having a hard time latching on

  • Football hold

    • Tuck baby under the arm of the side you are nursing on. Baby’s feet are facing your back and support the head as you bring baby to your breast.

    • Works well for C-sections and if you have large breasts

Cross cradle

Football hold

Breastfeeding in the hospital
Breastfeeding in the hospital

  • How often should I breastfeed?

    • When baby show signs of hunger

    • Your baby can breastfeed as often as he wants, but at least 8 -12 times in 24hrs which could be every 1-3 hours

    • You may need to wake baby up for feedings if he doesn’t feed at least 8 times in 24 hours

  • How long should he nurse?

    • Let him feed as long as he is actively sucking and swallowing

  • Why exclusive breastfeeding in the hospital?

    • Baby gets all the good colostrum

    • Giving a bottle may make it hard for baby to breastfeed correctly and baby may be less interested in breastfeeding

    • Helps your milk come in better

How do i know my baby is getting enough breast milk at first
How do I know my baby is getting enough breast milk at first?

  • He feeds 8-12 times in 24 hours with a good latch

  • You can hear him swallowing during feeds

  • He has 1-2 loose stools and at least 1-2 wet diapers per day in the hospital

  • Seems calm and satisfied between feeds

  • His stomach is very small at first

    • Cherry – day 1

    • Walnut – day 2

    • Ping pong ball – day 3

  • The amount of colostrum (first milk) you make is the perfect amount for his small stomach

Breastfeeding for 6 months
Breastfeeding for 6 months first?

  • The more breast milk your baby gets, the more they benefit – less infections and illness

  • Your baby may be less interested in breastfeeding if you give them formula, water or other types of food

  • Breast milk is all the nutrition your baby needs for 6 months

  • When you breastfeed less often, your breast milk supply will decrease

  • American Academy of Pediatrics recommends exclusively breastfeeding for 6 months and longer if you want

  • WIC provides electric breast pumps for mothers who are exclusively breastfeeding

  • Insurance companies help with breast pump purchase also

Breastfeeding after 6 months
Breastfeeding after 6 months first?

  • You can still continue breastfeeding after 6 months when your baby starts to eat other food

  • Breast milk still contains important nutrition and helps fight infection

  • It is up to you and your baby to decide when to stop breastfeeding

How we can help
How we can help first?

  • You will have plenty of help at Tampa General if you have questions about breastfeeding

  • All nurses and doctors working in Prenatal Care offices, Labor & Delivery, Postpartum, and Nursery have had special training to help mothers breastfeed

  • Tampa General also has nurses with extra training called lactation consultants

  • The staff at Tampa General will be supportive of your choice on how you want to feed your baby