Your Breastfeeding Plan

Your Breastfeeding Plan

You can start implementing your Breastfeeding Plan before baby is born. If you’ve missed the first two parts of our series, click here to go to the beginning.After your baby is born you can:• Keep your baby in your room all the time so you will see when you baby shows you it is time to breastfeed.• Hold your baby as much as possible. Babies want to breastfeed when they can feel and smell their mothers. Holding baby skin to skin is best for learning breastfeeding.• Breastfeed! Your baby may want to breastfeed 8 to 12 times in 24 hours. • Learn to squeeze milk out of your breast with your hand.• Try breastfeeding standing up.• Wait 2 weeks before giving your baby any bottles or pacifiers.• Ask for help if you have pain or questions during or after breastfeeding  o Contact Health Sciences District Lactation Services at 816-404-0474   o Contact Lakewood Hospital at 816-404-8260 How do I know my baby is getting enough to eat? Tips for storing breast milk Both campuses of Truman Medical Center are designated Baby-Friendly hospitals  

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Preparing to Breastfeed

Preparing to Breastfeed?

If you’re planning to breastfeed your new baby, having a Breastfeeding Plan can help. Missed the first part of this series? Click here! In the hospital, you can:• Bring someone to be with you while you’re in labor.• Tell your nurses, doctors or midwife that you are planning to breastfeed.• Keep your baby skin to skin, next to your heart, as soon as possible after birth.• Watch your baby find your breast and start breastfeeding.• Hold your baby close to see your face. Babies love to look at faces!• Ask for help if you’re having trouble breastfeeding. Have questions ahead of your hospital stay?:Contact Health Sciences District Lactation Services at 816-404-0474 Contact Lakewood Hospital at 816-404-8260There is one more series of steps to help you get ready to breastfeed your baby.Click here to learn more. Both campuses of Truman Medical Center are designated Baby-Friendly hospitals  

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Music for newborns

Suggestions for using music with newborns:

Babies prefer their mother’s or other close caregiver’s voice over others. Babies recognize and respond to mom’s voice more quickly than voices of strangers. Lullabies are the best type of music to help babies rest. All cultures have their own lullabies. Lullabies are simple—one or two voices or instruments, volume is soft and steady, speed is slow. Heart rate and breathing can slow down while listening to slow music—for babies and moms! Live singing is more effective than a recording—baby can feel your calm breathing, you can make eye contact, & you can change the music based on baby’s needs. If you are not comfortable singing with your baby just yet, talking and reading to baby is just as important—baby just needs to hear your voice! Try this: Take a relaxing breath for yourself. During waking hours, hold your baby skin to skin if possible – baby benefits from this closeness and can feel your breathing and loving care. Sing a favorite lullaby. Your baby won’t mind if you don’t know all the words.  You can even try singing about what you’re doing as you go throughout the day. Humming without words can be really helpful for helping a baby stay calm and go to sleep, too. Humming is more simple, and simple is calming. Remember, babies love to be rocked or swayed to the beat of the music! For a link to lyrics to common lullabies and a link to listen and learn them, click here For a link to lyrics to some lullabies as well as play songs for older babies, click here  Source: Liesel Stephens, MT-BC, Children’s Mercy Hospital  

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Thinking of Breastfeeding Your Baby

Thinking of Breastfeeding?

You’re pregnant, congratulations! You have a lot to consider and plan as you get ready for baby, including whether to breastfeed. This page lists some information and ways to get started.Some of the benefits of breastfeeding include:For Baby• Easily digested.• Has nutrients baby needs.• Helps protect against SIDS.• Helps protect against gastrointestinal disturbances, allergies, ear and lower respiratory infections• May reduce the risk of certain chronic diseases and infections like diabetes and hypertension.• Protects the gut from germs and diseases.• Changes to meet your growing baby’s needs.For You• Convenient and cost-effective.• Helps the uterus return to its normal size faster.• Promotes postpartum weight loss.• Less likely to develop breast, uterine, endometrial and ovarian cancer.• May reduce the risk of heart disease.• Decreases insulin use in moms with diabetes.• Lowers risk of osteoporosis later in life.• Decreases risk of postpartum bleeding. So, how can you plan for breastfeeding your baby while you’re in the early stages of your pregnancy?Creating a Breastfeeding Plan is one way.Before your baby is born you can:• Talk about breastfeeding with other moms.• Watch other women who are breastfeeding.• Go to a class about breastfeeding or childbirth• Tell your family members you plan to breastfeed.• Find someone who can help you around the house the week after you get home with the baby. There are a couple more series of steps to help you get ready to breastfeed your baby.Click here to learn more. Both campuses of Truman Medical Center are designated Baby-Friendly hospitals.  

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Children's Mercy Connection

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Preparing For The Unexpected: Our Children’s Mercy Connection

Truman Medical Centers and Children’s Mercy have a special connection.  At both our Health Sciences District downtown campus and our Lakewood facility, Children’s Mercy neonatologists and neonatal staff are onsite if a baby is born with a critical medical condition.  TMC’s HSD Birthplace also provides care to mothers who deliver at Children’s Mercy Hospital if those mothers develop a critical medical condition.  While our Bridge of Hope physically connects the two buildings, it also represents the seamless partnership between the two facilities, creating unparalleled access and care when every minute matters. Babies born at TMC’s HSD Birthplace are, if needed, just steps away from Children’s Mercy’s Level IV Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) – the only Level IV NICU in the region and rated among the Best in the Nation by US News and World Report. TMC Health Sciences District Birthplace also has a Level III NICU that is staffed by Children’s Mercy Hospital (CMH) Neonatologists and Neonatal Nurse Practitioners.  TMC Lakewood Family Birthplace has a Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).  The NICU includes Children’s Mercy Hospital (CMH) neonatologists and neonatal staff.  Families who deliver with Truman Medical Centers have peace of mind knowing they will be cared for by compassionate, experienced TMC specialists and Children’s Mercy providers. 

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