Breastfeeding Information, Tips and Classes

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breastfeeding as the best food for a baby. Rich in antibodies, breast milk can help protect newborns from bacteria and viruses after they are born. One of the most amazing aspects of a mother’s body is that milk production is a matter of supply and demand. That’s good news for mothers of multiples!

Eating, drinking and sleeping are very important and are very necessary to ensure a good milk supply. Putting your babies to the breast often and holding infants skin-to-skin will also help increase your milk supply.

Breastfeeding Support in Cape Girardeau

Each baby is different and each nursing experience is different. Having a professional to turn to while you are getting to know your baby’s nursing style is very important. Saint Francis Medical Center’s Family BirthPlace nursing staff and a lactation consultant will help you.

Some women choose to bottle-feed. If you choose formula feeding, feel comfortable knowing infant formulas have improved over recent years and are an excellent source of nutrition.

When you feed your baby, you are providing more than nourishment. With close physical contact, your baby receives warmth, love and security. Feeding time should be a relaxed, enjoyable time. Have confidence your decision is the best choice you can make for you and your family.

View a listing of breastfeeding classes offered at Saint Francis on our online events calendar.