After you have given birth, your baby will be placed on your chest for skin-to-skin contact.

This is done to:
• Enhance bonding
• Keep your baby warm
• Stabilize baby’s heart rate, respiratory rate and blood sugar
• Reduce crying
• Help baby start to breastfeed

Research has shown that when a baby is held next to his or her mother’s skin immediately after birth, the baby adjusts better to the outside world. This helps with bonding, feeding and stabilization of the baby. Skin-to-skin works best when there are no blankets or gowns between you and your baby. This is not the best time to allow other loved ones to hold your baby. Relax and enjoy this special time of bonding. This is the moment you have been waiting for. Congratulations!

How will your baby feed?

Making a choice:
Breastfeeding or Bottle Feeding

How you choose to feed your baby is a very important and personal decision. We would like to ensure that you have the information you need to make that decision – and that you know the benefits of breastfeeding for you and your baby.

• Babies who breastfeed are less likely to be sick. Breast milk provides protection from infections, allergies and asthma. Research also shows that breastfeeding may protect against obesity, diabetes, sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and some cancers. Babies who exclusively breastfeed are better protected than those that supplement with formula.

• Breastfeeding promotes physical closeness while your baby feeds. Mothers experience less bleeding after birth, may lose weight faster and are at lower risk of breast, ovarian and uterine cancer. After the baby learns to nurse well, mothers find breastfeeding enjoyable and convenient.

Consider exclusive breastfeeding for as long as possible, beginning while in the hospital. It may help you be more successful and have a greater milk supply. We are here to help you get off to a good start and want you to have a great experience. Lactation nurses are available to assist you at (318) 769-7229. You can do this!