The first weeks of breastfeeding are a new experience for both you and your baby. Get off to a good start by learning what to expect when breastfeeding. Your breastfeeding routine will adapt to your baby's needs as he grows and develops. Here are common breastfeeding milestones and breastfeeding tips for new moms.
Preparing to Breastfeed Your Baby
The decision to breastfeed should be made during pregnancy, so you can prepare for this new experience. We have all the tools and education you need to breastfeed successfully. Be prepared by enrolling in our breastfeeding classes.
We are excited to help you when your baby arrives. While you are in the hospital, your nurse will be happy to answer your questions and assist you with feedings. We also encourage you to watch breastfeeding programs on our hospital's closed-circuit television system.
Breastfeeding your baby is a priority over visitors and other non-emergency events such as daily weights, baths and photographs. If supplemental formula feedings are needed, they will be specifically ordered by your doctor or given at your request.
Remember to use soap and water on your breasts and nipples during your daily bath and wash your hands before nursing. It is not necessary to clean your breasts before nursing the baby.