For a new mom, breastfeeding is a foreign adventure all its own. And while it’s the most natural way to feed your baby, it’s not always easy right off the bat.
Lactation consultants at the Mother’s Resource Center, located on the Community Regional Medical Center campus, say breastfeeding is the first step to a healthy life for a baby. In the first three days of birth, a mother will produce colostrum, a type of syrupy milk that contains antibodies to protect the newborn against disease. Lactation consultant Kelley Holt says mothers should breast feed or pump at least eight times a day. She said breastfeeding can be one of the hardest things a mother does, but said it’s also the most rewarding. Kelley said the key is to start breast feeding right away to help with bonding and to help the mother recover from childbirth faster.
“The first step is, as soon as possible after delivery, we really encourage, we call it the “golden hour”, so that first hour after birth is real important. That baby gets that skin-to-skin contact with mom and early latch. Now sometimes the latch is beautiful and baby is suckling away and it’s all great, and other times baby’s just a little sleepy, a little lazy at breast, which is okay. So, a lot often it’s just reminding the mom’s, it’s okay if baby doesn’t feed right away,” stated Kelley.
She suggests mothers take educational courses on breastfeeding during their pregnancy, so they know what to expect. The Mother’s Resource Center has free classes available to the public every month. For more infomaton, call 559-459-6288.