What are the questions most new moms have about breastfeeding? And more importantly, what are the answers? A specialist offers expert breastfeeding advice.
Pregnancy is a time of excitement and anticipation. It’s also a busy time, as parents-to-be rush to prepare for the birth of their child. Before baby arrives, moms should take a few important steps to prepare for breastfeeding their child. Robin Hollen, Breastfeeding Medicine Nurse Practitioner at Renown Health, shares breastfeeding advice to help moms-to-be prepare for success.
Before baby arrives, why is breastfeeding something that moms-to-be should think about?
Parents-to-be tend to think a lot about the pregnancy, but they may not think much about breastfeeding because it’s something that we see as “natural.” New parents may think that the baby will naturally find the breast and start feeding, however sometimes it’s not that easy.
What are the benefits of breastfeeding for babies?
Most people are aware that breastfeeding is a wonderful way for mothers to bond with their baby. Breastfeeding also protects the baby from fevers and can help reduce instances of childhood cancer. It may even reduce the likelihood of the child being diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease later in life. Breastfeeding can have a life-long impact on the health of a child.
What can expectant parents do to prepare for breastfeeding?
Renown Health offers several classes to help parents prepare for the birth of their child and breastfeeding. We recommend that all first-time parents take the Breastfeeding Basics and Beyond class to get off to a better start.
What breastfeeding services are available at Renown for women in the hospital who have just given birth?
We have amazing breastfeeding advice and support for new moms here at Renown. For example, after the baby is delivered, we have transition nurses who help the mom latch the baby on right after the baby is born. In postpartum, our nurses are all trained in breastfeeding. Additionally, we have Lactation Consultants who are here seven days a week to help mothers who have questions or run into problems. The important thing to remember is that breastfeeding is a journey, and you don’t have to go through this journey alone.