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“Breastfeeding is the most precious gift a mother can give her infant. When there is illness or malnutrition, it may be a lifesaving gift; When there is poverty, it may be the only gift.” — Ruth Lawrence, MD
At MemorialCare, we believe that breastfeeding is the best source of nutrition for your baby. To make the most informed choice about this important decision, we encourage you to attend our breastfeeding class during your seventh to ninth month of pregnancy. A board-certified lactation consultant presents the two-session class. Partners are also encouraged to attend.
Getting Started with Breastfeeding
- Take a class between your seventh and ninth month of pregnancy to make the most informed choice about this important decision.
- Breastfeed as soon as possible after baby is born
(preferably within the first hour).
- Practice kangaroo care (mom and baby bare skin to skin) to help encourage the baby to nurse.
- Feed frequently at least 8-12 times in 24 hours.
- Latch baby deeply (not on the nipple) -- if it hurts, it’s wrong.
- Offer no other food (formula, teas, cereal, etc.) or artificial nipples or pacifiers for the first four weeks, unless there is a medical reason.
After your baby is born, lactation consultants
are available to provide you with education, support, and reassurance. You can learn beneficial breastfeeding techniques during in-hospital and outpatient consultations, breastfeeding classes, and at support groups. Breast pump sales and rentals, and other assistance is also available.