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 a lactation consultation.
Why might a lactation consultation be needed?
- You have nipple pain or abrasions
- Your baby is not having enough wet or dirty diapers
- Your baby is losing weight (or not gaining enough weight)
- the pediatrician has instructed you to provide supplemental feedings
Tips for success in the first days
“The first 3-5 days are the most important days of the entire time a woman & baby nurse. It is when the foundation of her milk supply is established”
- Let labor start on its own & have the most natural birth possible
- Immediate skin to skin contact at birth & continued for the first 3 days
- Ensure a deep latch, behind the nipple & onto the areola
- Feed baby when he is hungry, rather than on a schedule
- Be prepared for cluster feeding when baby is 2 days old, & anytime baby has a growth spurt
- Get help if you are having challenges! You are not alone. Breastfeeding support groups, other nursing moms, and lactation consultants are here to help.