Breastfeeding is healthy for both you and your baby. But nursing your infant successfully takes practice. Our nursing staff and our Owensboro Health’s board-certified lactation consultants can help you get the most out of your breastfeeding experience.
Breastfed babies tend to have:
- Better brain development
- Better vision
- Fewer ear and respiratory infections
- Fewer skin allergies, less eczema
- Healthier hearts
- Significant reduction in risk of SIDS
- Less tummy trouble, fewer food allergies
Breast milk is medicine for babies that are born early. It contains special ingredients that are not available in formula.
Benefits of breastfeeding
- Contains the perfect amount of protein, carbohydrates, fat, vitamins and minerals for your baby
- Always fresh and exactly the right temperature
- Contains valuable antibiotics that help prevent disease and may reduce the risk of your baby developing allergies
- Can be frozen for future use
- Has been shown to provide protection against breast cancer, ovarian cancer and weak bones in later life
- Helps you and your baby bond
Tips and tricks to make enough milk
- First 2 Hours: Skin to Skin & First Feeding
- First 2 Days: Feed on Demand, Ask for Help
- First 2 Weeks: 8 - 12 Feedings every 24 Hours
- First 6 Months: Feed nothing but Mother's Milk
Your baby's tummy is tiny, every drop of colostrum helps protect your baby against infection for life. Frequent nursing promotes bonding and helps your body make milk.
Because of the benefits of breastfeeding, "The American Academy of Pediatrics reaffirms its recommendation of exclusive breastfeeding for about 6 months, followed by continued breastfeeding as complementary foods are introduced, with continuation of breastfeeding for 1 year or longer as mutually desired by mother and infant."
Award-Winning Lactation Consultants & Support
Owensboro Health Regional Hospital is a designated IBCLC Care Award Facility. That means you’ll get care from International Board-Certified Lactation Consultants who can show you how to:
- Position and latch your baby
- Make sure you produce enough milk
- Nurse your baby more comfortable
- Breastfeed after a C-section
- Nurse a premature, sick or special-needs infant
- Use a breast pump
Your nurses are trained to support exclusive breastfeeding, kangaroo care and cuddle time.