Breastfeeding seminars

Maternity – Breastfeeding support | Prime Health

If you are a new mom or new to breastfeeding, you may have a lot of questions. Our experienced team is there to guide you in setting up breastfeeding for your newborn. Time spent with your baby in the first weeks and months is special, and we believe it should be as stress-free as possible.

You can feel comfortable knowing:

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  • Premier Health is the first health system in Ohio whose maternity centers have completed all stages of a statewide breastfeeding initiative aimed at reducing the state’s high infant mortality rate .
  • In 2018, all of our hospitals were recognized as Five Star Hospitals by the Ohio Department of Health and the Ohio Hospital Association for taking steps to promote, protect and support breastfeeding. Currently, we have two hospitals recognized as five-star hospitals (Upper Valley Medical Center and Miami Valley Hospital, and our four-star hospital is Atrium Medical Center.
  • Our staff includes International Board-certified lactation consultants who provide one-on-one instruction and support during your hospital stay, as well as after you return home.
  • We offer Understanding Breastfeeding and other online courses for all families to help you gain confidence.
  • Our neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) mothers can benefit from additional support through frequent visits and contact with a Premier Health lactation consultant with NICU experience. Outpatient breastfeeding clinic appointments are available at Premier Hospitals. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us for telephone advice or to schedule an appointment. Our experienced lactation consultants are here to help you reach your breastfeeding goals.
  • Fidelity Health Care, our home health agency, can provide breast pumps for most insurance plans.

Why is breastfeeding important?

Research has shown that breastfeeding provides many benefits for both mother and baby.

For babies:

  • Breast milk provides antibodies to fight viral and bacterial infections.
  • Breast milk provides vitamins, proteins and fats to support your baby’s optimal growth and development.
  • Breastfed babies are less likely to be obese when they are older.
  • Breastfeeding contributes to emotional well-being.
  • Breastfeeding can reduce the risk of
    SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome)type 2 diabetes, childhood leukemia, asthma, allergies and many other diseases and conditions.

For moms, breastfeeding can:

  • Reduce the risk of pre- and post-menopausal breast cancer
  • Helps reduce the risk of ovarian cancer by preventing ovulation
  • Foster the bond between you and your baby
  • Save time and money
  • Helps facilitate postpartum weight loss by using extra calories to feed your baby

Get breastfeeding off to a good start

The first few hours after your baby is born are the optimal window to establish breastfeeding. Immediately after birth, you and your baby will be skin-to-skin, encouraging your baby to nurse, ideally within the first 30-90 minutes. To help ensure continued and successful breastfeeding, keep these practices in mind:

  • Skin-to-skin time – Keeping your baby with you, skin to skin, as often as possible for the first few days and weeks keeps him calm and comfortable and also helps you relax. For skin-to-skin contact, strip your baby down to a diaper and place them against your chest (no bras, clothes, or tank tops). Place a blanket around both of you to keep in the heat. Skin-to-skin contact has been shown to produce:
  • Less newborn crying
  • Better sleep habits for mom and baby
  • More stable newborn breathing
  • Less initial newborn weight loss and better early weight gain
  • More efficient feedings
  • On-demand, signal-based power supplies – Feed your baby whenever he shows hunger “signals” such as: rooting, mouth movements or sucking; calm alert state with rapid eye movements; and hand-to-mouth actions with eyes open or closed. Newborns don’t suck on a set schedule, so it’s important to keep your baby with you and feed him whenever he shows signs of hunger.

When should I seek help with lactation?

Breastfeeding is a natural process, but problems can arise when you and your baby learn to breastfeed together. We are here to help you. Please contact us for telephone advice or an outpatient appointment if:

  • Your baby is not suckling well
  • Your breasts are engorged and sore
  • Your nipples are extremely sore, cracked, bleeding or blistered
  • Your baby suckles only briefly or very gently and does not suckle well
  • Your baby has less than six wet diapers or less than four stools per day after your milk volume increases
  • Your baby’s stools are NOT yellow on day five
  • Your baby is unhappy, weak, tired or not interested in breastfeeding
  • Your baby breastfeeds less than eight times in 24 hours and/or seems to sleep most of the day
  • You can’t hear swallowing while your baby is nursing

We want to make sure you are comfortable breastfeeding before you go home, but if any questions arise after your hospital stay, please call one of our hospitals to speak with a lactation consultant. *

Atrium Medical Center – (513) 974-5122(513) 974-5122
Miami Valley Hospital – (937) 208-6160
Upper Valley Medical Center – (937) 440-4906(937) 440-4906

* If you are unable to reach a lactation consultant and you have an urgent need, please contact your doctor.

Common breastfeeding concerns and advice

Breastfeeding can be a very rewarding experience for you and your baby. It is a natural food system that has worked well since the dawn of time. However, this can create problems for some moms.

If problems arise, consider these tried-and-true techniques. If the problems persist, contact us as soon as possible so that you can be confident in your ability to continue breastfeeding comfortably. Many problems can be solved with a telephone consultation.

  • sore nipples – The main cause of sore nipples is when your baby does not latch on properly. Make sure that when positioning you are tummy to tummy or that your baby’s head is in line with their body (straight line between ear, shoulder and hip). Wait until the mouth is wide open before putting the baby to the breast. The lips should be pulled back and the mouth as far back as possible over the areola (dark skin surrounding the nipple). When your baby latches properly, you will feel a tugging or tugging sensation, without biting or pinching. For sore nipples, coat them with expressed milk after feedings and let them dry. Another great healing treatment is black or green tea bags. Dampen tea bags and apply to your nipples for two to three minutes after feedings, three to four times a day.
  • Engorgement – Engorgement is often confused with the normal fullness and firmness of the breasts which occurs when concentrated colostrum (initial breast fluid produced) turns into mature milk about two to five days after birth. Engorgement is a combination of increased milk and breast swelling that makes the breasts feel uncomfortably hard, red and warm. Apply cold compresses between feedings for the most effective and fastest relief from engorgement. Breast massage before breastfeeding can also help. If you received a large amount of intravenous fluids during labor, ask your nurse, lactation consultant, or LaLeche League member to help you learn reverse pressure softening.
  • Nutrition while breastfeeding – Beware of old wives’ tales. Producing enough milk for your baby doesn’t require a lot of extra calories or avoiding your favorite foods. Do you like spicy foods? Can’t give up chocolate? Do you like broccoli? Your baby has become accustomed to your normal diet during pregnancy, so there is no need to change now. Focus on a healthy, balanced diet with plenty of water. Remember: breastfeeding and pumping is the best way to produce more milk.
  • Frequent feedings – Your baby should nurse about eight to 12 times in 24 hours. She may nurse frequently for several hours (cluster feeding) and then not during a stretch (perhaps three to four hours) while she sleeps. Watch your baby, not the clock, and feed him when he shows signs of hunger. Not all screams mean hunger. Sometimes a cry means holding me, I’m alone or I’m sleepy. Let your baby nurse for as long and as often as needed. Don’t limit or schedule feedings.