Establishing breastfeeding during the very important sensitive period immediately after birth is a top priority at the Allen Birthing Center. Your baby is directly placed skin to skin and remains there until after the first feeding is completed. The midwife and birth assistants will review the basics of breastfeeding and answer any questions that you may have. Further assistance is provided by midwives and nurses by phone and at your home visit in the first days following birth. If challenges persist beyond the home visit, you may benefit from scheduling with our lactation consultant.