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Maternity Services

Breastfeeding

Prenatal Breastfeeding Consultations

If you have questions about whether you want to breastfeed or find out about skills and techniques to establish a good milk supply and avoid difficulties, our lactation consultants are available to provide information and answer your questions. There is a charge for prenatal consultations that is often covered by insurance.

  • Schedule a prenatal consultation by calling 214-345-2557

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 for what happens once the baby has arrived.

Many babies are sleepy in the ?rst 24 hours after birth and during this time, it is a good idea to wake your sleepy baby to feed every one to three hours. After 24 to 48 hours the baby will begin to be more 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. Feedings will average between 5 to 30 minutes. Babies typically feed more frequently at night in the ?rst few weeks, so we recommend that new mothers nap during the day 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.

One-on-One Support in Postpartum

Lactation consultants on staff are available to assist mothers while in the hospital. All of them are registered nurses. The lactation consultants on staff:

  • Provide one-on-one assistance to mothers in the privacy of their postpartum rooms
  • Are available to answer questions seven days a week
  • Host a daily breastfeeding class for mothers in the hospital
  • Offer continued breastfeeding support for mothers who have checked out of the hospital

How to Know When Baby Is Hungry

Your babies will help you know when they are ready to eat. Some feeding cues to watch for include moving, squirming or stretching; yawning or moving their mouths while seeming to be asleep; opening their mouths or turning their heads from side to side; and bringing their hands to their faces and/or sucking on their fists or fingers.

Is Baby Getting Enough Milk?

This is a common worry of new moms. In the first few days, before your milk comes in, your body will produce a substance called colostrum, also known as “the first milk.” At that time it is all your baby needs, because a full-term baby’s stomach is only the size of a marble on day one. Colostrum comes in small concentrated amounts, providing just the right amount of carbohydrates, proteins and antibodies. You will want to count your baby’s wet and dirty diapers to be sure he or she is getting enough food. Your baby will have some weight loss (yes, loss! It is normal for your baby to lose some weight after delivery). Your baby should be back to birth weight by two weeks of age.

Rent Breastfeeding Supplies from Texas Health Dallas

The Texas Health Prescription Shop pharmacy has Medela™ breast pumps for rent as well as nursing supplies, pump parts, bras and much more. These supplies, as well as moms’ medications, can be delivered to their rooms prior to discharge.

For more information and pricing, call 214-345-2595.

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