It’s World Breastfeeding Week and this year’s theme is”Foundation for Life”
Breastfeeding is not easy for every new mother but one local clinic is doing their part to help the process go smoothly.
“That is the best thing to start with. The bonding process, the latching, starting right away,” says Lori Bergquist, a certified lactation and breastfeeding counselor
Research shows that breastfeeding within the first few hours of life is the best way for a baby to get a healthy start.
“Breast milk has in it, everything the baby needs for nutrition,” Bergquist adds
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that healthy, full-term infants be placed in direct skin-to-skin contact with their mothers immediately after delivery until the first feeding is accomplished.
“It does give the baby a good foundation. It starts the baby off right by coating the gut, and intestines,” Bergquist wants new mothers to know.
For some new mothers though, it isn’t always that easy.
Christie Massen and baby Leo have been attending the Well Baby clinic at Sanford since he was born 5 weeks ago.
One challenge of breastfeeding for many moms is not knowing exactly how much their baby is being fed.
“Wanting to be tied to a number. I fed my baby this many ounces, at this time. With breastfeeding, you don’t get that. You have to trust your body and trust your baby,” says Christie Massen a mother of two
At the clinic, Leo gets weighed and measured, and that lets her know whether he’s getting enough nutrients.
Bergquist is a counselor at the clinic, who says sometimes it takes getting a little extra help to comfortably breastfeed.
“You have to make sure that the latch is good, you have to make sure mom doesn’t have any pain,” registered nurse Bergquist says
“Ask for help. Getting in touch with a lactation consultant, or a nurse, or somebody who can help you – somebody else who has breastfed that knows how to do it… that can be really helpful. It can take the stress off. It’s a little humbling to have somebody help you, but it’s definitely worth it,” Massen adds, “It’s definitely a great bonding experience. You get to have the closeness and the snuggles.”
Bergquist added that feeding your child with formula is healthy for them as well, as long as you’re feeding your baby, you’re doing it right.