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Friday, January 13, 2012

Breastfeeding Plan?

For my first pregnancy, I never prepared a birth plan (or a breastfeeding plan for that matter) but this time, I am really hoping for an all natural albeit hospital birth so I took time to make my birth plan.

I realize now that a lot of moms do make birth plans but NOT breastfeeding plans.  And I have to admit I am quite nervous in making both plans.  I do realize that each birth and baby are different and despite all the planning and preparation I make for this birth, it is definitely possible that none of these plans will be followed.

Despite that, I would highly recommend that moms draft and prepare both a birth and breastfeeding plan to remind them of their goals even if some detour needs to be taken.  You can also read here why it is important to prepare a breastfeeding plan.  And if you are reading this and newly pregnant, I would suggest that you check out Best for Babes Breastfeeding Checklist which outlines a breastfeeding preparation schedule as early as the first trimester.

You can download some sample breastfeeding plans form:
1. Lara of MamaPearDesigns
2. Texas WIC - Breastmilk Counts

Apart from drafting your breastfeeding plan, you can also write a letter for the health worker assigned to you during your hospital stay, emphasizing the importance of his/her support your breastfeeding success.


Remember:
from www.breastmilkcounts.com


In my breastfeeding plan, the essentials would be:
Exclusive Breastfeeding, Skin to Skin, No Artificial Nipples, Rooming-In

A lot of moms are quite wary about rooming in especially since the nurses at the hospital scare them by saying - "Mommy, once you get the baby, you can't return her to the nursery" or "Mommy, the hospital stay is your chance to rest because someone else will take care of your baby - unlike when you go home, there is no nursery for baby".  In my opinion, rooming-in is critical in breastfeeding success.  Honestly, when your baby is in the necessary, you don't know whether someone gives him/her a pacifier or worse - glucose water or formula!

As for the other essentials, I am happy that they are being espoused in the Essential Newborn Care Protocol promoted through the DOH's Unang Yakap Program.  I know that the ENC team has been quite busy going around the country to promote this program.  And I hope that the hospitals being visited DO implement the program.

Did you make a breastfeeding plan? or are you planning to prepare one?



5 comments:

Yen said...

I didn't room in the first time around because I was told those exact two things you just quoted plus as a first-time mom I wasn't sure I'd know how to take care of her. Having her in the nursery didn't cause any problems with breastfeeding, but I found it tedious and tiring to walk to the nursery to nurse. The nursery was instructed not to give her formula/sugar water, I trust that they followed instructions, but can never be too sure. 

So for our second one soon, I feel more confident about rooming in the baby. Now my concern is whether we'll be okay taking care of him (and he'll be circumcised also) if I room in. I'm hoping I have a yaya to help out by then. :-)

Yen said...

I didn't room in the first time around because I was told those exact two things you just quoted plus as a first-time mom I wasn't sure I'd know how to take care of her. Having her in the nursery didn't cause any problems with breastfeeding, but I found it tedious and tiring to walk to the nursery to nurse. The nursery was instructed not to give her formula/sugar water, I trust that they followed instructions, but can never be too sure. 

So for our second one soon, I feel more confident about rooming in the baby. Now my concern is whether we'll be okay taking care of him (and he'll be circumcised also) if I room in. I'm hoping I have a yaya to help out by then. :-)

Jenny said...

I also felt more confident rooming in E. On circumcision, I dread the thought of having to take care of his sliced up parts so decided to hold it off and let him decide.  Plus i read a lot of info on this blog http://www.drmomma.org/2011/08/intact-or-circumcised-significant.html

Patricia Grace Palma-Soliman said...

We roomed in the second night for Jack-Jack. This time around, we'd be rooming in as soon as the first night. Just not yet sure if I'd be making a birth plan this time around. :)

Cym Marzan said...

I decided I want to breastfeed my youngest. I learned from my friend Beth about making a birth plan, specifically a breastfeeding plan for my third baby. So I did but not all were followed. Since I had CS, my baby was roomed in after 24 hours. But, I was assured she was given donated breastmilk and not formula or glucose water. I hoped that was true. But, I don't know if that was OK, since it was not my milk. The hospital also did skin to skin after my baby was cleaned, but it was just for like 2 minutes. Right before discharge, the pedia said my baby had breastmilk jaundice and needed to stay in the nursery and be given formula. I knew then and there that she did not support breastfeeding. I changed pedia (hopefully the new one is better), and I am still exclusively and directly breastfeeding my baby after 3 months. I just wish my thyroid problem won't force me to stop breastfeeding her.

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