5 tips for successful breastfeeding
World Breastfeeding Week is August 1–7 and August is National Breastfeeding Month.
This year’s theme, Sustaining Breastfeeding Together, promoting collaboration between WIC, health care providers, employers and day care providers to support breastfeeding goals of the families we serve.
In that spirit, breastfeeding initiation rates — a measure of how many infants start by feeding at the breast at birth — are an important measure of success for Mary Bridge WIC Nutrition Services.
More than 3,200 WIC infants initiated breastfeeding at birth during 2016, a 6 percent increase from the previous year.
Here are five tips for successful breastfeeding:
1. Breastfeed within the first hour. Holding your baby skin to skin soon after birth often leads to baby having her first feeding sooner.
2. Room in with your baby. Having your baby near you allows you to understand when he wants to be with you and feed.
3. Breastfeed often, every one-and-a-half to three hours. Building a robust milk supply starts with early and frequent feedings.
4. Avoid using a pacifier in the first month. Offer your breast at the earliest sign of hunger to give your baby as much milk as possible.
5. Ask for a number to call for support. When you know who to call when you need help or have questions, it’s easier to meet your breastfeeding goals.
More about Mary Bridge WIC
Mary Bridge WIC clients have access to four International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs).
Mary Bridge WIC Nutrition Services serves more than 11,305 clients monthly across nine locations in Pierce County. Almost half of all babies in our state are on WIC.
You are eligible for WIC if you meet the following criteria:
- Live in Washington State
- Are pregnant, a new mother or a child under five years of age
- Meet the income guidelines
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
Washington State WIC Nutrition Program doesn’t discriminate.
About The Author
Joanna Patraw, RD, CD, IBCLC, is a nutritionist and clinical dietitian with MultiCare’s Women, Infants and Children Nutrition Services program. She is committed to helping families make informed decisions that support their health.More stories by this author