Sonoma County Maternal Child and Adolescent Health

National Breastfeeding Awareness Month

7 things to talk about prenatally; proven to increase the likelihood of meeting client breast/chest feeding goals postpartum:

  1. Breastfeed in the first hour after delivery (remain skin to skin until the first feed has occurred).
  2. Breastfeed exclusively (supplement with hand expressed milk only when necessary).
  3. Do not use a pacifier or a bottle (use a spoon, or finger feed if needed).
  4. Breastfeed "on demand" (teach feeding cues).
  5. Room in with the baby and keep visitors to a minimum (except the father/partner).
  6. Encourage the father/partner to Encourage the breast/chest feeder.
  7. Make sure the breast/chest feeder knows where to go- who to call- for support 24/7 after leaving the hospital.

Education and goal setting is critical during pregnancy

It turns out "Breast is Best" is actually NOT the best way to talk about breast/chest feeding. It gives many parents the impression that formula is the norm and breast is just "better", and it can be demoralizing for people who cannot breastfeed.

Rather than "Best", teaching that breastfeeding is the biological norm may be a better strategy for meeting pregnant people where they are.

Talk with clients about breast/chest feeding the same way you discuss other perinatal goals and decision making- be realistic, make plans, provide resources. Start where your client is at.

Teach the risks of substitute feeding AND strategies for minimizing those risks if a parent chooses to, or must, formula feed.

Check out these videos to see a negative campaign that worked- but may not have been very ethical- and the WIC campaign "It's Only Natural".

Indigenous Milk Medicine Week

August 8-14

Strengthening Our Traditions: From Birth and Beyond

Join each day for a Sunrise Ceremony

Daily Facebook Events

Asian American Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Breastfeeding Week

August 15-21

Telling Our Own Stories. Elevating Our Voices.

Black Breastfeeding Week

August 25-31

10 Years, A New Foundation

Click on the image above for a PDF flyer for this professional educational forum. Click HERE to register for the forum.

Click on the image above for a PDF flyer for this client support resource. Sonoma County residents are welcome to attend!

Sonoma County Maternal Child and Adolescent Health Website

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