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Hospital Policies and Breastfeeding

Overview

It's important to have support from the doctors, nurses, and hospital staff who care for you and your baby. Before it's time for you to give birth, ask about the breastfeeding policies at your hospital or birthing center. Look for a hospital or birthing center that has policies for:

  • "Rooming in." This policy encourages you to have your baby in the room with you. It can allow you to breastfeed more often.
  • Supplemental feedings. Tell the staff that your baby is to get only your breast milk from birth. If staff feed your baby water, sugar solution, or formula right after birth without a medical reason, it may make it harder for you to breastfeed.
  • Pacifiers or artificial nipples. Staff should not give your newborn these items. They may interfere with breastfeeding.
  • Follow-up. Find out if your hospital can help you with breastfeeding issues after you go home. See if you can get information on support groups or other contacts. They might help if you need help setting up and staying with your breastfeeding routine.

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Current as of: February 23, 2022

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:
Sarah Marshall MD - Family Medicine
Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
Kirtly Jones MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology