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Congratulations! We are thrilled you have chosen the University of Mississippi Medical Center to care for you and your baby. As your body begins adjusting and changing, it’s preparing to make the perfect first food for your baby—breast milk. In accordance with the American Academy of Pediatrics’ recommendations, UMMC strongly recommends exclusively breastfeeding for the first six months of your baby’s life, with continued breastfeeding along with complimentary baby foods for the first year and beyond.
Be patient with yourself and your baby, and remember to ask for help. Our staff is here for you. Contact UMMC Lactation Support (601) 815-7461.
The Importance of Exclusive Breastfeeding
In accordance with recommendations by the American Academy of Pediatrics, UMMC encourages you to exclusively breastfeed for the first six months of your baby’s life, with continued breastfeeding and complimentary foods for the first year and beyond. Breastfeeding maximizes the health benefits available to both you and your baby for years to come.
What to Expect at First
You may have noticed changes in your breasts. This is simply your body making your baby’s first milk, or colostrum, which has all the nutrition your newborn needs.
Two or three days after your baby’s birth, your milk volume will increase noticeably to meet your baby’s growing needs. Because newborns breastfeed frequently and on no set time schedule, plan on feeding at least 8-12 timesevery 24 hours for the first few weeks. Nipple tenderness is common during the first few weeks of breastfeeding, but feeding your baby should not be painful. If you experience pain, let us know. We can help by observing a feeding and correcting any problems.
Breastfeeding in the Hospital
In the hospital, the first time you hold your newborn skin-to-skin is the perfect time to start breastfeeding. Your baby is usually alert and interested in suckling. Don’t worry if your baby doesn’t show interest in breastfeeding immediately. By holding your baby skin-to-skin on your chest and covered by blankets to keep you both warm, your baby will soon start to show an interest in feeding. In fact, we encourage you to hold your baby skin-to-skin as much as possible during your hospital stay.
Exclusive breastfeeding during your hospital stay:
When Do I Feed My Baby?
Keep your baby close at all times and help feedings go more smoothly by feeding your baby as soon as you notice early hunger cues.
Early cues include:
Later cues include:
Is My Baby Getting Enough Milk?
Your newborn may want to breastfeed more than you might expect. These early and frequent feedings help your body establish its milk supply for your baby. Our staff will help you to recognize signs that your baby is getting plenty of milk, so you don’t have to worry.
It’s almost time! Not much longer until you meet your beautiful baby. If you have any questions, even after you get home, contact UMMC Lactation Support (601) 815-7461.
Practice Makes Perfect
It usually takes a little practice to get the hang of breastfeeding. UMMC encourages you to exclusively breastfeed your baby while in the hospital and continue after you go home. We have experienced nurses and lactation staff to assist you with feedings. Feeding at home will be much easier if you learn as much as you can while in the hospital.
Your baby will be placed on your chest soon after birth. It’s during this “skin-to-skin care” time that the first feeding often occurs (as long as neither you nor your baby requires special medical attention).
Skin-to skin care:
Don’t worry if your baby isn’t immediately interested in feeding. Hold your baby skin-to-skin, covered by blankets to keep you both warm, and your baby will soon start to show an interest.
The "Golden Hour"
Most babies begin to show interest in eating sometime during the first hour after they are born. During this special time, or the "Golden Hour," we won’t separate moms, dads and babies, so you can all bond. We ask that your extended family wait to hold your precious little one until after you have spent the "Golden Hour" with your baby.
You will be encouraged to keep your baby with you in your room—called “rooming in.” Benefits of rooming in include:
Making Enough Milk
Early and frequent breastfeeding helps your body establish a full milk supply for your baby. A newborn may want to breastfeed more than you might expect, especially at night. It’s important that your baby feeds often in the firstfew days after birth to help your body make plenty of milk. Pacifier use in the first few days after birth is not recommended. Pacifiers can be used after breastfeeding is well-established, usually a few weeks after delivery.Our staff will help you recognize signs your baby is getting plenty of milk.
Effective Positioning and Latching Techniques
You will receive plenty of breastfeeding support in the hospital during your first feedings. We will show you how to: