At Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Alliance, we are committed to providing the support for moms to meet their breastfeeding goals.
What to Expect During the First 72 Hours
Although the majority of prenatal education is aimed at helping mothers understand the birthing process, it’s important for you to be prepared after delivery. Many babies are sleepy in the first 24 hours after birth and it is a good idea to wake your sleepy baby to feed every two to three hours.
After 24 to 48 hours, the baby will begin to be awake and alert and become more interested in breastfeeding. It is very common for your baby to want to breastfeed more frequently during this time, as many as 10 to 12 times in a 24-hour period.
You should attempt to nurse your baby whenever he or she acts hungry, and at least eight times in 24 hours. Feeding will average between 5 to 30 minutes.
Babies typically feed more frequently at night in the first few weeks, so we recommend that new mothers nap while their babies are sleeping. Also consider putting your baby skin-to-skin before and/or after feedings by placing your baby on your chest and covering both of you with a blanket to help calm the baby.
We have board certified lactation consultants available to answer questions and to offer support. They can provide one-on-one assistance in the postpartum room. The lactation consultants will work with mothers with babies in the NICU. There is a breastfeeding video available to every mother to view while they are in the hospital. Contact a consultant at 682-212-3483.
Breastfeeding Support Group
Lactation consultants at Texas Health Alliance host a weekly breastfeeding support group, open to all mothers. A scale to weigh babies before and after breastfeeding is available. This helps mothers know how much milk their infant was able to get. Consultants provide hands-on help, answer questions, and offer emotional support. This is also a good way for mothers to meet other new moms and share advice.