Personalized Breastfeeding Support
At St. John’s Regional Medical Center, we provide highly qualified health care professionals to help you with the most wonderful experience you may ever have – the birth of your baby. We promote the health of mothers and newborns by supporting breastfeeding and skin-to-skin bonding. Breastfeeding is the healthiest and safest way to feed your baby. Breast milk is all your baby needs for the first 6 months of life. In fact, babies don’t even need water until they are six months old. During your hospital stay, all moms will be encouraged to breastfeed. If you choose to formula feed your baby, know that your decision will be respected by our staff and you will also receive support and guidance to bottle feed your baby. Our nurses will show you how to hold your baby and how to help the baby latch on. You will be given accurate and consistent advice about how to breastfeed and how to make enough milk for your baby. Your baby will not be supplemented with formula, sugar water, or given a pacifier unless medically needed. You will receive information that will support your effort to provide breast milk before you leave the hospital.
Benefits of Breastfeeding:
- Breastfeeding is healthy for baby: fewer infections, less diabetes, less obesity, lower risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
- Breastfeeding is healthy for mom: lose weight faster, lower risk of cancer and lower risk of diabetes
- Premature (preemies) and special needs babies need breast milk too: your nurse will assist you with the support you will need to provide breast milk for your preemie or special needs baby.
For more information, please call to sign up (805) 988-2796.
Beneficios del Amamantamiento:
- El amamantamiento es saludable para el bebé: menor cantidad de inyecciones, menos diabetes, menos obesidad, menor riesgo de Muerte Súbita del Infante (SIDS).
- El amamantamiento es saludable para la mamá: descenso de peso más rápido, menor riesgo de cáncer y de diabetes.
- Los bebés prematuros y con necesidades especiales también necesitan leche materna: su enfermera la asistirá con el apoyo que usted necesita para brindarle leche materna a su bebé prematuro o con necesidades especiales.
Para obtener más información, favor de llamar al Servicio de Lactancia de St. John's (805) 988-2796.