Breastfeeding at Miami Valley Hospital
Miami Valley Hospital has nine International Board Certified Lactation Consultants on staff; all of whom are registered nurses. From classes and support groups to one-on-one breastfeeding and pumping support, we are dedicated to helping you and your baby thrive.
Research has shown that breastfeeding provides many benefits for both mom and baby.
Benefits to baby include:
- Optimal growth and development
- Improved immune system
- Decreased incidence of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
- Decrease incidence and/or severity of allergies and asthma
- Increased IQ scores
- Emotional nurturance
Benefits to mother include:
- Decreased incidence of some diseases (breast cancer, ovarian cancer, osteoporosis and diabetes)
- Emotional bonding
- Cost savings
Breastfeeding Services at MVH
Our lactation consultants are available from 7:00 am to 11:00 pm most days to provide support to our breastfeeding moms. We also assist mothers of babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit with pumping and/or breastfeeding. Moms receive a follow-up phone call from a consultant within 48 hours after being discharged from Miami Valley Hospital.
Mothers, even those who did not deliver at Miami Valley Hospital, can schedule an appointment with our lactation consultants. To learn more about our breastfeeding service, call our Lactation office at (937) 208-6160.
Breastfeeding Education and Support
Miami Valley Hospital offers a Breastfeeding Success class. It is a two-and-a-half hour class and costs only $30. To register, please call (927) 208-BABY.
Learn more about our Childbirth Education classes.
In the event that Mother and Baby are separated due to medical necessity, a breast pump will be provided for use during the hospital stay. If you are interested in renting a pump after discharge, please contact the Lactation office at (937) 208-6160 for rental station information.
Breastfeeding 101: Common Concerns and Solutions
Breastfeeding is a natural part of life, a system that has worked well since the beginning of time, but problems can happen. So, what can you do if problems occur?
Here are a few solutions to some common breastfeeding concerns:
Sore nipples - The top cause of sore nipples is when your baby is not latching onto your breast correctly. Make sure when positioning your baby you are tummy to tummy or your baby’s head is in good alignment with his/her body (straight line between ear, shoulder and hip). Wait for a wide-open mouth before bringing the baby on the breast. The lips will be flanged out and the mouth as far back as possible on the areola (dark skin surrounding the nipple). When the baby is latched correctly, you will feel a tugging or pulling with no biting or pinching sensations. If sore nipples occur, coat nipples with expressed milk after feedings and allow to dry. Another great healing treatment is black or green tea bags. Moisten the tea bags and apply to your nipples for two to three minutes after feedings, three-four times a day.
Engorgement - is often mistaken for the normal filling and firmness of the breasts as the concentrated colostrum changes to the mature milk about two to five days after birth. Engorgement is a combination of increasing milk and swelling in the breast, when the breasts become uncomfortably hard, reddened and hot. Apply cold packs between feedings for the most effective and rapid relief of engorgement. Green cabbage leaves have also been shown to relieve the swelling. Wrap the breasts in dry cabbage leaves and leave in place for 20 minutes, or until milk begins to leak. Repeat two to three times daily, or until engorgement is relieved. If you have received a large amount of IV fluids during labor, ask your nurse, lactation consultant or LaLeche League member for assistance learning Reverse Pressure Softening.
Nutrition during breastfeeding - Beware of old wives tales. Producing enough milk for your baby does not require a lot of extra calories or avoiding your favorite foods. Do you love spicy foods? Can’t give up chocolate? Love broccoli? Your baby became accustomed to your normal diet during pregnancy, no need to change now. Concentrate on a healthy, balanced diet with plenty of water.
Frequent feedings - After the milk change-over (sometimes referred to as milk coming in) your baby will be eating about 8 to 12 times each 24 hours. Sometimes they may nurse frequently for several hours (cluster feeding) and then not for a stretch of time while he/she sleeps. Watch your baby, not the clock, and feed when he/she shows signs of hunger. Not every cry means hunger. Sometimes a cry means hold me, I have an itch or I’m sleepy. Lots of skin-to-skin time in the first days and weeks keeps babies calm, cozy and helps moms relax too. The first hours and days of breastfeeding can make a big difference later.
- Breastfeed your baby as soon as possible, hopefully within 60 to 90 minutes after birth.
- Keep your baby with you to learn those feeding signals and feed “on demand.”
- If you notice sore nipples, ask for help.
- Allow your baby to nurse as long and as often as needed, do not limit or schedule feedings
Breastfeeding can be a very rewarding experience for both mother and baby. If problems arise, use these tried and true techniques. If problems persist, contact a breastfeeding care provider as soon as possible so you can have confidence in your ability to continue breastfeeding comfortably.
Getting Breastfeeding Off to a Good Start
Some simple steps to assure successful breastfeeding start with nursing your baby as soon as possible after birth, preferably within 60 to 90 minutes.
Keeping your baby with you, skin-to-skin, also helps in many ways during the first hours and days. To do skin-to-skin, undress your baby, keeping him or her in only a diaper, and place the baby against your chest (no bra, clothing or camisole). Place a blanket around the two of you to maintain warmth.
Other benefits for the newborn and mother staying skin-to-skin are:
- Less newborn crying
- Better sleeping patterns for mother and baby
- More stable breathing pattern in newborn
- Less newborn initial weight loss and better early weight gain
- More effective feedings
Feed your baby whenever they show “cues” of hunger like rooting, mouth movements or sucking, quiet alert state with rapid eye movements, may have eyes closed or open with hand to mouth actions. Newborns do not nurse on a set schedule, so it is important to keep your baby with you and feed whenever he/she show signs of hunger.
The first days can be very rewarding and filled with questions as you and your baby learn to breastfeed together. If you have questions or concerns, please let your nurse or Lactation Consultant know. We want to make sure you are confident with breastfeeding before you go home, but if questions come up after your stay, please feel free to call our Lactation clinic at 937-208-6160.
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