The Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Breastfeeding Report Card for 2013 was released just last week and shows that more mothers in the United States are breastfeeding now. In Colorado, almost 90% of moms have said that they breastfed, at least in part, and nearly half of new moms were exclusively breastfeeding at 3 months. These results are improving year over year in part thanks to efforts by hospitals to help women breastfeed after birth.
At Rose, we practice skin-to-skin contact as much as possible immediately after deliver and we also encourage babies to room-in with their mothers to begin building that lifelong bond.
Breastfeeding has been shown to have numerous benefits for both moms and babies.
Katie Wagner, a certified nurse midwife from Rose Midwifery, offered a few tips for expectant moms preparing to breastfeed:
- Take a class to help you prepare. At Rose we have a Breastfeeding Preparation Class where you’ll learn techniques, tips and ideas for how your partner can support you and more.
- Invest in tools that can help. I like nursing pillows, so that you can be comfortable while breastfeeding. You may also want a nursing cover so you can breastfeed when you’re on the go, and nursing tanks for convenience in the early weeks when you will be nursing your baby frequently throughout the day.
- If you’re going back to work, purchase your pump early so that our lactation consultants can show you how to use it before you ever leave the hospital.
- Understand that it will take practice and lots of patience!