Lactation consultant is available Monday-Friday at INTEGRIS Canadian Valley. And, our nurses have received extensive breastfeeding education and are great at helping our Moms breastfeed. If needed, a lactation consultant is available both during hospitalization and on an outpatient basis following discharge.
Prenatal lactation counseling visits can be scheduled prior to delivery and are very meaningful to discuss practices that promote successful breastfeeding, such as positioning, latching and maintaining milk supply after returning to work.
Make an appointment today at 405-717-6900.
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Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding
Every facility providing maternity services and care for newborn infants should:
- Have a written breastfeeding policy that is routinely communicated to all health care staff.
- Train all health care staff in skills necessary to implement this policy.
- Inform all pregnant women about the benefits and management of breastfeeding.
- Help mothers initiate breastfeeding within one hour of birth.
- Show mothers how to breastfeed and how to maintain lactation even if they should be separated from their infants.
- Give newborn infants no food or drink other than breast milk unless medically indicated.
- Practice rooming-in: allow mothers and infants to remain together 24 hours a day.
- Encourage breastfeeding on demand.
- Give no artificial teats or pacifiers to breastfeeding infants.
- Foster the establishment of breastfeeding support groups and refer mothers to them on discharge from the hospital or clinic.
Skin to skin
- Immediately after birth, the baby is gently dried, visually examined and laid on his mother’s abdomen.
- The infant is in a quiet state of alertness, ready to meet its parents.
- Skin to skin care should be practiced with all mother/baby couplets, not just those planning to breastfeed, as all mothers and babies will benefit from the stress reduction and bonding promoted by extended skin to skin contact.
- During skin to skin care babies often initiate feeding on their own.
- The first feeding appears to have a powerful patterning effect for subsequent feeds.
- At birth, the baby’s skin and gut is sterile, but is quickly colonized by the bacterial flora by those with whom he comes in contact, therefore health care workers should minimize handling the newborn until after the mother and baby have been together.
- Prolonged skin to skin contact reduces the risk of the baby acquiring nosocomial infections.
- The baby will adapt to extrauterine life more quickly, reducing any risk of hypothermia or cardiorespiratory instability.
- Breastfeeding will stimulate the release of oxytocin, reducing the risk of maternal hemorrhage.
- Maternal self-confidence and independence will rise.
- The BEST way to prevent hypoglycemia is by placing baby in skin-to-skin contact with his mother immediately after birth, and for as long as possible.