Feeding Your Baby
Breastfeeding Your Baby
The milk in your breasts at birth is very special milk called colostrum. It is a concentrated form of nutrition. Although colostrum is small in quantity, it is rich in nutrients and immunities. It is all your baby needs for the first few days. Colostrum alone is present until the third or fourth day after birth when the milk begins to come in. This is when your body begins to shift into the production of what is called mature milk, a transition that takes about two weeks to complete.
Breastfeeding is a natural process and for most new mothers and babies it is a learned skill. It's important to hold your baby and encourage your baby to breastfeed as soon as you can. Some babies will get the hang of it immediately and others may spend time getting acquainted. Even if you baby doesn't start nursing right away, continue to gently encourage your baby while you talk, touch and, most of all, enjoy these very special first moments together.
Bottle Feeding Your Baby
If you are unable to breastfeed or you choose not to nurse, it is important that you feel comfortable with your decision to bottle feed. There are several good formulas available that provide excellent nutrition.
Questions about feeding your baby?
Before you go home from Mercy Gilbert's Lund Family Birth Center our nursing staff and lactation consultants will make sure you have the education and skills needed to care for and feed your baby at home. For information on our prenatal, birthing and breastfeeding classes, call (480) 728-5414 or visit our Classes and Events section.