Breastfeeding in New Orleans
The Touro Lactation Center provides resources & support for breastfeeding mothers
The research is clear: Studies continue to show that breastfeeding is beneficial to babies and their moms. At Touro, we support this goal by providing a full spectrum of services to answer mothers’ questions and help them make important decisions regarding lactation before, during, and after giving birth.
Breastfeeding is one of the greatest health advantages you can give your infant. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), a breastfed baby may be less prone to ear infections and diarrhea. The child may also face less risk of developing diabetes, obesity, and asthma. The AAP also recommends breastfeeding because of its association with the reduced risk for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
Ideally, you should breastfeed exclusively for the first six months, with a goal of continuing breast milk for at least the first year. Keep in mind that you may face obstacles.
Both mom and baby must learn how to breastfeed in the first few days. This is the time when antibody-rich and easily digestible colostrum is produced. Some mothers worry that colostrum isn't enough to nourish their baby, but it's the perfect food for newborns. Breast milk comes in for most mothers from two to five days after birth.
Moms who want to keep breastfeeding when they go back to work may face barriers such as a supervisor's lack of support or rigid work hours.
Knowing the hurdles helps you find ways around them. Here are some tips:
- Let your labor nurse know that you would like to have your new baby placed naked against your bare skin right after delivery. This skin-to-skin interaction calms your infant and helps in the transition to the new environment.
- Tell the hospital you want only breast milk for your newborn. If someone recommends formula, discuss this with your pediatrician prior to feeding it to your baby. Sometimes, you can use your own milk to supplement rather than formula. Keep your baby in your room during your hospital stay. This will allow you to learn the signs that your baby is hungry and would like to nurse.
- Don't worry if you don't have a lot of milk in the first 72 hours after the birth. You are making everything that your baby needs. The newborn stomach is very small and does not need much colostrum to fill it up.
- If your baby isn't latching on properly, your nipples can get sore. Have an expert watch you feed your baby and offer suggestions.
- Talk with your superiors and colleagues to arrange for breastfeeding or pumping at work. If you let coworkers know how important breastfeeding is to your baby, they're more likely to help you.
- You may experience minor pain from a plugged milk duct. Drinking lots of liquid and encouraging your baby to breastfeed frequently may resolve the problem. However, if you're achy or feverish, see a doctor. You may have an infection that requires medication.
- Get information from sound sources such as your pediatrician, the AAP, or a certified lactation consultant.
- Take care of yourself. Continue taking your multivitamin, stay hydrated (drink a 10 oz. glass of water or non-caffeine fluid every time you breastfeed to keep up your milk supply), and try to eat healthy. Remember that nursing your baby is a time to relax and enjoy the bond of motherhood.
- Be realistic about the hurdles of breastfeeding so you don't give up. If you have questions or concerns, consult your health care providers before you discontinue nursing.
Touro Lactation Center
Touro’s lactation services are available to any mother, regardless if they delivered at Touro or another facility. If you are planning to breastfeed, be sure to visit our on-site Lactation Center, located on the 2nd floor near the Family Birthing Center, where you can shop for supplies, bras, and undergarments and talk one-on-one with our certified lactation consultants.
The service is available Monday through Friday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Mothers who wish to meet with one of our certified lactation consultants in person can also schedule an appointment through our breastfeeding support line.
Touro’s certified lactation consultants are a source of information and encouragement. They provide specialized one-on-one care and instruction to help new mothers breastfeed successfully. Touro lactation consultants are International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLC), a certification for health care professionals who specialize in the clinical management of breastfeeding.
Lactation consultants can assist in many ways, including:
- Knowing if your baby is getting enough milk
- Teaching you how to nurse multiples or babies with special needs
- Training to pump and store milk safely
Our center also sells and rents many of the breastfeeding-related products you may need.
- Breast pumps for both purchase and rental. Rentals are available on a daily and monthly basis
- Pumping supplies
- Boppy pillows
- Nursing bras
As your body changes, it is important to wear a comfortable and supportive bra. The Lactation Center has a variety of maternity and nursing bras and offers complimentary, customized bra fittings by appointment. The best time to be fitted for a bra is in your last trimester or during your postpartum stay at Touro.
Learn your baby
Touro is proud to be a designated Baby Friendly facility, an award given to birthing facilities that demonstrate an optimal level of care for breastfeeding mothers and their babies. Touro is also a recipient of The Gift Designation: Louisiana's highest breastfeeding quality designation.