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Breastfeeding Education & Products
Every new mom deserves breastfeeding support. Staffed by International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLC) and Registered Nurses, Expressly For You at Baptist Health is Arkansas’ breastfeeding place for the advice and products needed to get breastfeeding off to a good start.
We encourage you to make a prenatal or postpartum appointment to visit with a lactation consultant at Expressly For You. We’re conveniently located on the second floor of the Hickingbotham Outpatient Center at Baptist Health Medical Center-Little Rock and are open Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. We can be reached through the Breastfeeding Warm Line at (501) 202-7378.
Below is information to make breastfeeding easy and to help you make a smooth transition back to work. You will also find information on our products for purchase or rental. For even more helpful breastfeeding information, follow Expressly For You on Facebook and Pinterest.
Make Breastfeeding Easy
- Most babies will nurse better at this time than they may for the next couple of days.
- Frequent effective feeding establishes milk supply.
- Have your RN or lactation consultant review proper latch techniques while in the hospital.
- Baby may rather sleep than eat. Frequent removal of colostrum from your breasts will help establish a good milk supply. Pumping or hand expression of colostrum is a good idea if you are not seeing obvious signs of effective feeding.
- If baby is not waking on his own at least every three hours, you must wake him so he is feeding effectively at least eight times in 24 hours.
- If you do not recognize effective feeding, schedule an appointment with a lactation consultant.
- Your baby is getting plenty of your milk if he is meeting the goals on the feeding record given to you at the hospital.
- Schedule your infant’s first pediatrician appointment.
- You may feel engorged (tender, full) as you begin producing more milk. The most important thing is to keep the breast empty by effective feeding or pumping.
- Engorged breasts may make it difficult for baby to latch on. Relieve engorgement by alternating hot and cold packs and emptying the breasts frequently.
- Your growing milk supply will appeal to baby’s desire for instant gratification and you should begin to hear his suck and swallow. Recognize this as a sign of effective feeding.
- Some nipple soreness can be present at this time but should be resolved with normal comfort measures such as lanolin cream or hydrogel dressing, by days seven through 10.
- Any nipple soreness should be resolving/resolved.
- Baby should appear satisfied after feedings and your breasts may feel softer after feedings. Your breasts may leak in between feedings; this will probably subside after a few weeks.
- Baby should have six to eight wet diapers and three to four yellow stools per day for the first two months of life.
- Breastfeed eight to 10 times per 24-hour period, but baby may begin to have one longer interval (up to five hours) between feedings. By the end of the second week, most babies will have regained their birth weight.
Make Breastfeeding Work
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