Breastfeeding Basics

Breastfeeding Basics

What have you heard about infant feeding?

Your opinions on infant feeding are developed from what you have read, heard and from your own experiences. As health care providers, we want you to know the facts and to help you make informed feeding choices.

You have the right...

Before you have your baby, to...

  • Receive information about the benefits of breastfeeding
  • Receive information on how to get started and how to get help

When you are in the hospital, to...

  • Hold your baby skin-to-skin right after birth, even if you have a Cesarean section. Skin-to-skin contact helps regulate your baby’s vital signs, calms him and encourages the first breastfeeding
  • Breastfeed within one hour after birth
  • Have your baby in your room 24 hours a day so you can breastfeed any time. Rooming-in helps new mothers to learn their baby’s feeding cues.
  • Tell hospital staff not to give your baby bottles or pacifiers (unless prescribed by your doctor.) Pacifiers and baby bottles are not recommend in the first four weeks. Both decrease baby’s time at breast which reduces breastmilk supply. Pacifiers and bottles can also be confusing for your baby. It is difficult to learn how to do two things at the very beginning.
  • Plan for quiet time without visitors during your hospital stay. The BirthCenter’s scheduled quiet time is 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. each day.

When you leave the hospital, to...

  • Information about breastfeeding support groups in your community, breastfeeding (lactation) specialists and breast pumps.
  • To breastfeed your child in any public place

Breastfeeding BasicsWhy should I breastfeed?

Breastmilk is the perfect food for baby.


  • contains more than 200 nutrients
  • is always ready and is never too hot or too cold
  • protects your baby from illness and makes vaccines work better

Breastfed babies are healthier.

Breastfed babies have...

  • fewer ear infections, asthma and pneumonia
  • less tummy troubles (gas, constipation and diarrhea)
  • better brain development and do better on IQ tests
  • less risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)
  • less risk of diabetes and obesity in childhood and as an adult
  • less risk of childhood cancers

Mothers who breastfeed are healthier.

Mothers who breastfeed have...

  • less bleeding after childbirth and lose weight quicker
  • less risk of breast, ovarian and uterine cancer
  • less risk of diabetes and heart disease
  • stronger bones

Breastfeeding saves time and money!

Parents who breastfeed...

  • save more than $1,000 the first year alone by not having to buy formula and bottles
  • miss less work caring for sick children
  • have less health care costs for baby
  • and are WIC participants receive more foods for the first year

Breastfeeding is good for your family.

  • it is the healthiest, safest and simplest way to feed your baby
  • it makes life easier for the whole family
  • it saves you money

Breastfeeding Education & Support

Genesis BirthCenter offers classes for Childbirth Prep, Baby Basics and Breastfeeding. By participating in these classes, you can increase your confidence and get answers to various questions that may not have been addressed during office visits. You can also learn about non-pharmacological pain relief methods for labor and other birthing options that will help breastfeeding get off to a good start.

Discover how to work breastfeeding into your life and sign up today.

Experienced Staff
Genesis BirthCenter’s experienced staff will provide education and assistance to new mothers to successfully begin and continue breastfeeding their babies.

Lactation Services
With over 60 years of combined experience, our Lactation Consultants are available during your hospital stay to assist you with breastfeeding.

Support Groups
Continued breastfeeding support after discharge from the hospital is provided by Genesis Breastfeeding Support Group. The Breastfeeding Support Group meets two times per month. Breastfeeding mothers are invited to share feelings, concerns, suggestions and ask questions to other breastfeeding mothers and the lactation consultants.

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Experience How Genesis Delivers

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