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Health Care System Factors for Breastfeeding in Early Postpartum Period

Health Care System Factors

Pregnant women are encouraged to discuss their feeding choices with their prenatal care provider, and to receive prenatal education. Most hospitals will honor a mother's desire to keep her baby in the room with her (essential for successful breastfeeding). Mothers should request assistance from a lactation professional in the hospital. Short hospital stays may not include sufficient time for breastfeeding assistance and anticipatory guidance. Mothers and their babies should be seen by their health care provider within the first week to ensure normal initiation of breastfeeding.

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Content updated: Fri, 15 Aug 2014 14:46:52 MDT