Teaching New Parents about Skin-to-Skin Contact

Teaching New Parents about Skin-to-Skin Contact

Expectant parents may be unprepared for their first moments with their new baby, or they don't give it much thought in advance. Educators and healthcare providers play an important role in informing parents about what to expect at birth and supporting them at this pivotal moment.

Education is often needed to address lack of knowledge, misinformation and misconceptions about newborn care topics, and skin-to-skin contact is no exception. Use your listening skills as an educator to identify your client's current understanding of skin-to-skin contact. Then, help them understand the benefits and the do's and don'ts of this practice. Education helps calm fears and encourages this beneficial practice in new families. 

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Three Essentials for Teaching

Three Essentials for Teaching

Prenatal classes should be developed with three keys in mind:

#1 Have a Plan (i.e. a curriculum)

#2 Use Engaging Visuals and Activities

#3 Reinforce Concepts and Learning

See a summary for how to build these three keys into your classes.

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Is your baby getting enough? Three ways to tell

Is your baby getting enough? Three ways to tell

One of the most pressing questions new moms have about breastfeeding is whether their baby is getting enough milk. After all, unlike bottle feeding, you can’t measure how much milk is making its way into your baby’s tummy. Not knowing can be stressful, especially when you are just starting out to breastfeed.

Thankfully, there are a few key signs that can help you know your baby is getting enough milk. Here are the top three:

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New Breastfeeding Pocket Guides!

New Breastfeeding Pocket Guides!

A picture is worth a thousand words and when it comes to breastfeeding, having high-quality and helpful photos can make it easier for parents to learn. 

Our new Breastfeeding Pocket Guides (5th edition) have been expanded and 

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New Ideas for Educators: Intro to Breastfeeding Class

New Ideas for Educators: Intro to Breastfeeding Class

In our series for educators, we explore new ideas to help you branch out. Read on to be inspired about new topics and effective strategies to help you get creative this year.

Intro to Breastfeeding Class

Most breastfeeding classes are two to three hours and cover the basics, such as latching, newborn hunger cues, and pumping. With breastfeeding, there are more topics than could possibly be covered in such a short amount of time. To help...

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10 Tips for Successful Breastfeeding

10 Tips for Successful Breastfeeding

As you prepare to welcome your new baby, these are some tips that can help you get breastfeeding off to a great start and keep you on track. 

1. Be Committed

Consider why you want to breastfeed (write your reasons down if that helps) and commit to sticking with it. If challenges come up, use these reasons as motivation to get help and work through them.

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When Breastfeeding is a Struggle

When Breastfeeding is a Struggle

Breastfeeding is natural, yes, but what happens if it doesn’t come naturally to you or your baby? You aren’t alone and there are solutions to the most common breastfeeding problems. Remember: Every mother and her baby have a unique breastfeeding relationship. Your journey doesn’t have to look or be like anyone else’s in order to be successful, rewarding, and healthy for both you and your baby. 
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Six ways to prepare for baby (not just birth)

Six ways to prepare for baby (not just birth)

You’ve spent months learning and preparing for labor and the birth of your child, and then the moment comes: the birth is over and in your arms you have a tiny human who is beautiful, perfect… and entirely dependent on you. Preparing for your little one’s arrival goes well beyond
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What is a "Baby-Friendly®" Hospital?

What is a "Baby-Friendly®" Hospital?

Baby-Friendly®” is a phrase expectant parents may encounter when touring and choosing between prospective birth locations. The World Health Organization and UNICEF created the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative, or BFHI, more than twenty years ago
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Tips for Breastfeeding During Pregnancy

Tips for Breastfeeding During Pregnancy

Seeing a positive pregnancy test always means a rush of emotions as well as changes. For nursing moms, the emotions can be conflicting ones – how do I know if my infant or toddler is or isn’t ready to wean? How do I know if I’m ready for them to wean?
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Breastfeeding support for breastfeeding success

Breastfeeding support for breastfeeding success

Balancing the 24/7 needs of a newborn with her own recovery needs can make the postpartum period challenging for even the strongest of mothers. One piece of the puzzle that can seem overwhelming in the beginning is breastfeeding – how often does baby need to eat? How long should the baby nurse? How can I tell if the baby is getting enough milk? Amidst these many common questions, moms need access to the best information and they also need the support of the people around them.
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Breast Milk Sharing and Banking

Breast Milk Sharing and Banking

Sharing, donating, receiving and buying breast milk are becoming mainstream issues for mothers and birth professionals. A widespread recognition of the tremendous benefits of breast milk, as well as the availability of numerous organizations who support these issues, have made giving or receiving breast milk a more common and acceptable practice of late. Given these numerous resources, mothers wishing to donate excess breast milk or those who need breast milk to feed their own child can often become overwhelmed by information and many not know where to turn or how to go about it.
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