5 Tips for Successful Breastfeeding

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Many mothers have a goal to exclusively breastfeed their infants but find obstacles in their paths. As a Baby-Friendly Hospital, the caregivers at Women & Babies Hospital offer support in those efforts. Learn about the tips we share with new moms.

5 Tips For Successful Breastfeeding

  • The best thing you can do is take care of your body to assure the healthiest pregnancy possible.
  • Immediately after delivery, put your baby on your chest, skin to skin, with nothing between you and your newborn. Your smell, touch, and sound (heartbeat) will be soothing to the baby and help your milk supply. As much skin-to-skin contact as is possible is very important during the first few days of life.
  • Keep your baby with you as much as possible during the first few days after birth. This will help you to understand and respond to your baby’s feeding cues, or signs of hunger. Feeding on a schedule often doesn’t work for newborns as they each have individual needs.
  • Learn the best position and attachment, or latch. Once this position is achieved, it is much easier to get a deep massaging latch that is important for good milk transfer and the mother’s comfort. Breastfeeding done properly is not painful.
  • Communicate with your provider and lactation consultant after discharge to get help if any difficulties arise.

Breastfed Babies Have Less Risk For:

  • Food allergies
  • Diarrhea
  • Ear infections
  • Respiratory infections
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Leukemia
  • SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome or “crib death”)

Mothers Who Breastfeed Have Less Risk For:

  • Brittle bones
  • Breast cancer
  • Ovarian cancer
  • Heavy bleeding after birth
  • Type II Diabetes
  • Obesity

Women & Babies Hospital offers a variety of lactation services and classes to support your breastfeeding experience.

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Charlene Wolford, BSN, RN, IBCLC

Charlene Wolford, BSN, RN, IBCLC, is a certified lactation consultant who provides breastfeeding services at the Lancaster General Health Women & Babies Hospital. Wolford has served as a nurse for women and babies for almost 30 years. She is a passionate advocate for the health of new families.

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