Sometimes new mothers and their babies just need a little help to be a successful breastfeeding team.
The American Academy of Pediatrics has long advocated breastfeeding as the best nutrition for baby's short- and long-term health. In the CDC's national assessment of Maternity Practices in Infant Nutrition and Care, Littleton Adventist Hospital's overall score was above both the national and the state average in breastfeeding-related maternity care practices. We have a 95% breastfeeding initiation rate.
Breastfeeding creates a special bond between you and your baby and is the most natural way to nourish your infant. While most newborns have the instinctive ability to breastfeed, both moms and newborns usually need some instruction to develop proper techniques. In our one-session class, you and your birth partner will receive the education and support needed for a successful beginning in breastfeeding.
Our Breastfeeding Class covers the following topics:
- Prenatal considerations and preparations
- Breastfeeding techniques and nutrition
- Caring for the mother
- Getting father involved
- Common concerns and solutions to sore nipples, engorgement and leaking
- Pumping and expressing milk
- Storage and handling of milk
- Finding support