The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that babies should be breastfed exclusively (without offering formula, water, juice, non-breast-milk, or food) for the first 6 months and should continue until 12 months or longer.
Family Birthing Center staff strives to make each breastfeeding experience a smooth one, and wants you to feel prepared before your baby is born. Our lactation consultants teach breastfeeding classes to assist mothers before baby is born. Lactation staff answers questions for moms before birth, while in the hospital, after they go home and for the duration of their breastfeeding time. To speak to a lactation consultant about your questions or concerns, please call 641-780-9857.
Importance of Breastfeeding
- Better overall health for mother and baby.
- Mom’s milk is perfectly designed to support baby’s immune system, and leads to fewer respiratory and ear infections and digestive problems like diarrhea and constipation.
- Mom can feed and comfort baby quickly, leading to less crying and a happier baby.
- Baby will grow healthier, with less chance of developing chronic health conditions such as diabetes and obesity.
- Breastfeeding increases mom’s metabolism, which can help mom lose weight faster.
Best Start for Breastfeeding
- Hold baby skin to skin immediately after delivery; and breastfeed within the baby’s first hour of life.
- Breastfeed when you see your baby’s hunger signs.
- Breastfeed 8-12 times per day.
- Set up a comfortable place for breastfeeding at home.
- Have baby sleep in your room at night.
- Ask family members and friends to help with chores so you can focus on feedings.