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
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 and babies in their rooms, as well as 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