Baby's First Days: Bonding and Feeding

Shortly after birth, you will be given your baby to hold skin-to-skin. This contact, recommended by the Joint Commission and the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative, promotes bonding and has other benefits, including helping to initiate breastfeeding if you plan to.

Your baby may try to nurse at this point, but dont be surprised if she is too tired. Within a few hours, shell be ready to eat.

Even if you have prepared for nursing by taking classes and reading books, you may have difficulty getting the baby to latch on at first. Our nurses will help you and your baby get started.

If youre still having a hard time breastfeeding during your stay at the hospital, please ask us for additional support. Well give you contact information for lactation support after you go home, too.

As your milk comes in and your breasts become full, you may need some extra help. A supportive lactation expert can guide you through some of the early challenges to help you breastfeed successfully.

This message is not intended to provide individual medical advice. Always seek the advice of a physician or qualified healthcare provider for any questions you have about your health or medical condition, your breastfeeding issues and your infant's health. Never disregard, avoid or delay contacting a doctor or other qualified professional because of something you have read in our emails, webpages or other electronic communications.

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