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Why Promote Breastfeeding – The Benefits
- Breastfeeding mothers have lower rates of ovarian & breast cancer, heart disease, & diabetes
- Breastfeeding increases metabolism to help you lose weight (burns up to 600 calories daily)
- Breastfed babies have lower rates of ear infections, stomach disturbances, & general sickness since they have immunity passed from mom
- Breastfeeding means no paying for formula & no heating or cleaning bottles
- Enhances baby development & intelligence
- Breast milk automatically changes composition/nutritional values to meet the baby’s current needs
How to get started – Basics to Early Breastfeeding
Your baby may do more nuzzling than nursing the first couple of times at the breast, but these are good starts. Allow your baby to nurse when hungry. Initially, these feedings may be short & irregular. Newborns should nurse often, about every 1 to 3 hours (about 8-12 times in 24 hours). After a few weeks, your baby will get into a routine & eat every 2-3 hours. For a sleepy baby, wake them every 2-3 hours in the daytime, & at least twice at night to feed.
Is your Baby Getting Enough?
- Gaining a pound or more a month
- Nursing 8-12 times a day & content after feeding
- 8 or more wet diapers a day (may be hard to tell with super absorbent diapers)
- Sveral soft, yellow stools daily.
Bottle or Pacifier Use?
- Avoid giving a bottle or pacifier for the first month, so your baby knows how to nurse.
- REMEMBER, supplementing with formula will decrease YOUR milk supply.
Normal feeding behavior characterized by closely spaced feedings over several hours. Typically, cluster feedings occurring during the first three months in the evening; however, they may happen anytime. Sometimes, the baby may also seem fussy, & this is normal as well. If the baby is happy the rest of the day & does not seem to be in pain, continue to feed & soothe your baby.
Babies go through growth spurts & will want to nurse more often. This will only last a few days. Growth spurts can occur as often as every 2 weeks. Look for them at about:
- 10 days
- 2-3 weeks
- 4-6 weeks
- 2-3 months
- 4-6 months
Common Concerns for Breastfeeding Mothers
- Ensure baby latches well
- Change nursing positions
- Alternate breasts
- End feeding by putting finger in corner of baby’s mouth to break latch
- After feeding, moisten nipple with breast milk & allow to air dry.
- Avoid soaps, lotions, creams, & pads with plastic liners
Engorgement / Plugged Duct
- Nurse on demand alternating breasts & positions
- Nurse both day & night
- Pump or hand express as needed
- Apply warm, moist compress
- Wear a comfortable bra
The Coalition is made up of community moms and local healthcare providers. Members promote positive breastfeeding support and education.
Mission: Foster a network of breastfeeding support through empowerment and education to improve the health and well being of the community.
Vision: There are no barriers to breastfeeding in our community.
For More Information:
Call: Delivering Change 785-238-0300
Breast Pump Rental Program
Geary Community Hospital Home Medical Equipment
High Quality, Medical Grade Breast Pumps are available for rent!
$50/one time fee
Keep it for as long as you are nursing!
Call: (785) 762-2983
Other Helpful Breastfeeding Resources/ Links
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La Leche League of Kansas
Offers up-to-date, practical information, and mother-to-mother support for pregnant and nursing mothers. Connect with at monthly meetings, by telephone, email, virtual meetings on social media, even submit a help form and receive a response from an accredited volunteer within 24 hours. Visit our Kansas Groups page for contact information.
Local Sources of Information and Assistance
Flint Hills OB/GYN
Geary Community Hospital
Medical Arts Bldg II; Suite 101
Geary County WIC Program
Geary County Health Department
1212 West Ash St. Junction City, KS