The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) also reccommends the “the mother and baby be left skin-to-skin, undisturbed, until the first feeding is accomplished” The weighing, eye drops, vitamin K shot and bath can all wait. (AAP Policy, “Breastfeeding and the Use of Human Milk”)
This is always a good thing to discuss at your prenatal meetings and with whoever is attending to you during labor.
The AAP also reccomends that mother’s milk is the very best nutrition for premature and sick infants. Mothers should be encouraged and supported in breastfeeding. If she isn’t able to breastfeed right away, the next alternative is to help her express milk (by hand or with a pump). The third alternative is donor milk. The fourth choice is artificial infant formula. For a baby who is premature or ill, for the mother who is having difficulty with nursing, support and help with breastfeeding is what they need.
You can be proud that your mother’s milk is still the best nutrition, and sometimes the best medicine, for your infant.
Robin Snyder-Drummond, BA, IBCLC
Prenatal classes and Home visits
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