Breastfeeding (or Lactation)
The Total Care Birth Center encourages breastfeeding as the best source of nutrition for your baby. All of our nurses and physicians have received training on how to support breastfeeding. We provide educational classes and support to help make breastfeeding a great experience for you and your baby. In fact, we have been designated as a Baby-Friendly™ hospital. This means we follow the "Ten Steps of Successful Breastfeeding".
Before your baby is born
We recommend that you attend one of our monthly Breastfeeding Basics classes before your baby is born. One of our certified lactation educators will teach you what you need to know to get breastfeeding off to a good start. Topics covered include: benefits of breastfeeding to mom and baby, how to know your baby is getting enough, role of fathers, feeding patterns, positioning and latch, and much more. The cost is $ 30 per couple. If you have signed up for the Preparing for Childbirth class, the is no additional charge for the Breastfeeding Basics.
At the time of birth
Our nurses are trained to help you with your baby’s first feeding. We encourage you to breastfeed your baby within one hour of birth. That is when babies are the most alert and ready to feed for the first time.
If you have a C-Section, you can nurse your baby in the recovery room as soon as you are stable. Your nurse will tell you when it is time and will help you with the feeding.
On the Mother-Baby Unit
All of our nurses are specially trained to help you with breastfeeding around the clock. Our Lactation Consultants are available several hours per day for those who need extra assistance.
Once you are home
Are you having some concerns about breastfeeding? Call 558-MAMA (558-6262) for support or advice. A lactation specialist will call later the same day or the following day if it is after hours. You may also schedule an appointment to come to our Mommy and Me lactation clinic for a private consultation with one of our Lactation Consultants. They can weigh your baby, and help out with challenging breastfeeding situations.
The Ten Steps of Successful Breastfreeding
1. Have a written breastfeeding policy that is routinely communicated to all health care staff.
2. Train all health care staff in skills necessary to implement this policy.
3. Inform all pregnant women about the benefits and management of breastfeeding.
4. Help mothers initiate breastfeeding within an hour of birth.
5. Show mothers how to breastfeed and how to maintain lactation, even if they should be separated from their infants.
6. Give newborn infants no food or drink other than breastmilk, unless medically indicated.
7. Practice “rooming in” by allowing mothers and infants to remain together 24 hours a day.
8. Encourage breastfeeding on demand (based on infant’s feeding cues).
9. Give no artificial teats, pacifiers, dummies, or soothers to breastfeeding infants.
10. Foster the establishment of breastfeeding support groups and refer mothers to them on discharge from the hospital or birthing center.