Feeding Your Baby
Confidence is the main key for you to be able to feed your baby, but that will only come with the opportunity and time that you have to spend with your baby. Although to breastfeed your baby may be the natural thing to do, it does not always come easily. Help is often required and patience too.
The staff at Rigshospitalet promotes and encourages breastfeeding as this provides your baby with the ideal food to help him/her grow and develop. Breast milk is the ideal food for babies – it provides all the nutrition an infant needs for 6 months of life. Breast milk is freely available, convenient and provides many advantages including protection against many infections.
When your baby is born skin-to-skin contact is encouraged and your midwife will help you to start breastfeeding as soon as possible. The staff on the postnatal units will assist you with breastfeeding throughout your stay. Do not hesitate to ask for help. It does take time. Remember, you are both learning something new. It is an exciting and rewarding experience. Please be patient and give yourself the opportunity and time to be successful.
In the first few weeks your baby may want to breastfeed quite often. This is normal as it will strengthen the bond between the baby and yourself and improve the supply of milk.
Key elements to breastfeeding
Three key elements to getting breastfeeding off to a good start are
- and effective feeding.
If you are breastfeeding, the baby needs to learn how to position and attach at the breast. Your midwife will help you to correctly position the baby at your breast. The length of time the baby feeds will be individual for each mother and baby. The first few weeks after the birth can be a challenge, but most concerns and worries will disappear with help – seek help straight away.
Breastfeeding should be an enjoyable time for you and your baby. Having positive encouragement and support from family and friends goes a long way.
Should you choose to bottle feed every assistance will be given in showing you how to feed and sterilise bottles and teats.
Lactation clinic/ Breastfeeding Support Clinic
After you go home, if you have any queries about breastfeeding you can ring the Lactation clinic.