Good Beginnings 8: Breastfeeding Success for New Moms

Over the last 10 years, mounting medical evidence has emerged to support the benefits of breastfeeding exclusively the first six months – both for the mother and baby. But new mothers know that breastfeeding isn’t always easy or intuitive.

This segment will feature a lactation expert and nursing moms from a breastfeeding support group at Miller’s Children’s Hospital in Long Beach.

“Often, babies may have trouble latching on, or new mothers may be concerned about whether their babies are getting enough milk,” says Bonnie Henson, a perinatal educator and lactation consultant in the First 5 LA-funded breastfeeding clinic at the hospital.

“With the proper advice and helpful devices, such as electric pumps, it’s rare that any woman would not be able to successfully nurse her baby,” says Henson. “We want women to know there are resources available and support is only a phone call away.”

Five Tips for Successful Breastfeeding

1. Breastfeed within the first hour after birth, placing baby skin-to-skin.

2. Breastfeed at least 8 -12 times in 24 hours during the first month.

3. Breastfeed exclusively for the first six months.

4. When away from baby, mothers should pump milk to maintain supply.

5. Get help from pediatrician or lactation consultant if experiencing pain or problems

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