Do you have a feeding plan? It is as important as a birth plan. Our babies deserve to have the optimal nutrition even if they are not immediately available to receive mom's breast milk in the original container. This right must be protected and preserved.
Hospitals are unfortunately not always breast-feeding friendly and misinformation and bad advice sometimes sneak out.
In the more friendly hospitals, you will find a certified lactation consultant and well-trained nurses. But in others, water and formula feedings are often routine and very detrimental to successful breast-feeding and the mother's wishes.
You can make a feeding plan and discuss it with your doctor, midwife, every delivery nurse, nursery nurse and postpartum nurse involved in your care. After all this is YOUR baby.
Then, if there are extenuating circumstances such as mother-baby separation, prematurity, infection, or necessary life-saving drugs used, you can work with these people to utilize all methods of instituting and continuing breast milk feeding and nursing until problems are solved.
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Baby is coming, Feeding Decisions, Pregnancy