ADVICE FROM OUR LACTATION CONSULTANTS
Breastfeeding is important and we do all we can to support the practice.
We have been designated as an official “Baby Friendly” hospital
for our adherence to special standards (see below). Once you have delivered,
our board-certified Lactation Consultants will introduce you to the principles
of breastfeeding and help you and your little one with any breastfeeding
difficulties. They will cover breastfeeding basics and concerns, including:
- Common problems such as sore nipples, plugged ducts, and engorgement
- Preventing mastitis
- Overcoming latch difficulties
- Breast pumps and milk storage
- Nursing bras and pillows
OUTPATIENT LACTATION CLINIC
Sometimes breastfeeding issues don’t occur until after mother and
baby have gone home. That’s why we offer our Outpatient Lactation
Clinic, staffed by one of our board certified lactation consultants. The
clinic is available to ALL women in our community, whether they had their
baby with us or at another hospital.
Clinic hours are Tuesday & Thursday 1:00-5:00 pm by appointment. Please
call 831-757-4333 ext. 2852 to make an appointment.
BABY FRIENDLY SUPPORT FOR BREASTFEEDING MOMS
At SVMHS, we are proud to have met the standards for accreditation as a
baby-friendly hospital. This global program sponsored by the United Nations
International Children’s Fund and the World Health Organization
recognizes birth centers that offer an optimal level of care for infant
feeding. To earn this prestigious accreditation hospitals must faithfully
practice the “Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding”:
- Have a written breastfeeding policy that is routinely shared with healthcare staff.
- Train staff on how to most effectively implement this policy.
- Educate all pregnant women about the benefits and management of breastfeeding.
- Help mothers initiate breastfeeding within one hour of birth.
- Show mothers how to breastfeed and how to maintain lactation, even when
they are separated from their infants.
- Give infants no food or drink other than breast milk, unless medically
- Practice “rooming-in,” after birth, which allows mothers and
infants to remain together 24-hours a day. This helps moms learn their
baby’s hunger cues and practice feeding on demand.
- Encourage breastfeeding on demand.
- Give no pacifiers or artificial nipples to breastfeeding infants.
- Foster the establishment of breastfeeding support groups and refer mothers
to them upon discharge.
In addition to the above, we practice “skin to skin” bonding
at birth. Rather than whisk baby off for an immediate bath, we gently
wipe the baby off and then place the newborn on the mother’s breast.
This helps regulate the newborn’s temperature, stimulates the production
of milk and is the beginning of a lifelong bond between mother and child.