The Women & Children’s Center is committed to supporting all new moms achieve their breastfeeding goals. As a Baby-Friendly designated hospital, our policies and care practices meet the gold standard for mother/ baby care practices related to breastfeeding. We offer education and resources to encourage breastfeeding.
Breastfeeding is a healthy choice and a wonderful way to bond with your baby. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months. Breast milk provides all the nutrients that a baby needs for good growth and development. No other foods or supplements are necessary, and can actually reduce milk supply.
At Wentworth-Douglass, breastfeeding support begins from the moment your baby is born and he or she is placed on your chest. This skin-to-skin time increases bonding, gets breastfeeding off to a good start, keeps the baby warm and calms mom and baby.
During your stay, we encourage rooming in to allow mom and baby to remain together 24 hour a day. Rooming in promotes exclusive breastfeeding; helps baby feed better and for longer; and helps prevent jaundice. Rooming in also helps moms begin to recognize feeding cues, which can include:
To help get mom and baby off to a successful breastfeeding start, we will not give babies any other food or drink other than breastmilk, unless medically indicated. We also will not offer any pacifiers, dummies or soothies to breastfeeding babies, since using pacifiers may cause latch difficulties for some babies.
Every family is supported by nurses with extensive breastfeeding education, and board certified lactation consultants are available to answer your questions. Once you go home, our lactation consultants are available by phone to offer on-going support.
Our breastfeeding class is intended for women who are planning on breastfeeding or who are considering breastfeeding. Lactation consultants will discuss the advantages of breastfeeding, how to get started and stay breastfeeding, how to continue breastfeeding once returning to work and much more! Partners are encouraged to attend as well. Classes are offered one Tuesday each month from 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Register for our Breastfeeding Class
Making healthy choices when breastfeeding includes caring for yourself, avoiding smoking, eating healthy meals, and avoiding those things that can affect your baby through your breastmilk. Medications, alcohol, cigarettes, and street dugs (including marijuana) can all pass to your baby through your breastmilk. Only take medication prescribed by your doctor, and make sure your doctor is aware that you are breastfeeding when he/she gives you a prescription.
Read more about Making Healthy Choices When Breastfeeding [PDF].
We want to assist you in feeling prepared, comfortable and confident. Should you have any questions or want to schedule a tour, please contact our Maternal/Child Resource office at (603) 609-6964 or Lyndi.Sargent@wdhospital.org.
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