Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Breast Feeding

There are some days when even I am startled as the gap between my mental and chronological ages; today is one of those days. I'm wnadering about the library at the college and smack dab in the center of the circulation desk is a "handout" on Breast Feeding (apparently for the nursing students).

So, what does 40 year old (chronological) academic computing professional and professor of computer literacy do? If you guessed begin to read the sheet aloud - you are CORRECT!!!

For your benefit (regardless of whether you choose to use it as it was intended, or to be an ass like me), here is the text of that document.

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BREAST FEEDING -POINTS TO REMEMBER

BREAST FEEDING IS AN ART. BABIES AND MOTHERS NEED TIME TO LEARN.

BEFORE YOU BEGIN TO BREASTFEED:
1. Go to the bathroom.
2. Pour a glass of juice or water .You will be thirsty. A bending flexible straw in the glass will make it easier to sip liquids while you breastfeed.
3. Massage breasts.
4. Nipple roll.
5. Get fingers about 1 inch behind areola. If breasts are very full and hard, express some of the milk by hand or with a manual pump.
6. Now put the baby to the breast. RELAX. Sit back with pillows.
BRING THE BABY TO YOU. DO NOT LEAN FORW ARD.

ENGORGEMENT
This is a temporary problem which may arise between 2 and 5 days after the baby is born. The breasts swell and can be hard, very warm to the touch, and heavy. This is due to the increased blood supply to the breasts. Not all women become engorged.

Early Frequent Feedings Help. (Every 1 1/2 to 2 hours).
Put the baby to breast 7 to 9 minutes from the very first feeding. This allows your milk let-down reflex to start.
Apply MOIST HEAT about 30 minutes before feeding. Get in shower and let water run over your back, down shoulders onto breasts. Can also apply warm compresses, or submerge breasts in basin of water.
Massage breasts during feeding to get milk going.
If baby cannot latch on because breast is too hard and nipple is flat use a manual pump to get some milk off before you put baby to breast. (You can also hand express).
DO NOT USE A NIPPLE SHIELD. WE HAVE BETTER WAYS TO HELP.
You can adjust some of these ideas to your own needs.

Buy the Book BREASTFEEING YOUR BABY by Walker and Driscoll. Avery Publishing Co. Paperback book, purple color. Available at HCHP Pharmacy.

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, OR PROBLEMS, DO NOT WAIT TO CALL YOUR NURSE PRACTITIONER, OR SOME OTHER KNOWLEDGEABLE PERSON. EVERYONE NEEDS SUPPORT AND HELP.
Lamaze Childbirth Education, Inc. (Cynthia Gilbert/1984)

3 comments:

sprizee said...

What the hell is a nipple shield? Wait, don't anwser that.

Chris said...

I have no idea Spriz other than one should apparently not be used as there are better ways to help.

Melika said...

Ergh - I SO dont want any kids! It's supposed to be incredibly painful as well.