Before birth, you, your partner and your healthcare provider should discuss options related to comfort during your labor and childbirth experience and your options for pain medication.
As the news of your healthy growing baby is sinking in, it’s not too early to start thinking about the many choices that will be presented to you during labor and at the time of birth, such as your preferences for pain management and whether to breastfeed. Relax—there is plenty of time to learn more and decide which option is best for you.
It’s Only Natural
As healthcare providers have become increasingly well-equipped to manage complications during pregnancy, it is important to remember that women have been giving birth to healthy babies for thousands of years. Learning relaxation techniques and positions that promote labor can help you manage pain and may decrease the need for interventions. We invite you and your partner to attend our childbirth education classes. You can enroll online at womens.stvincent.org or by calling 317-338-4HER.
Benefits of Breastfeeding
Unless there is a medical reason a woman should not breastfeed, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends women exclusively breastfeed their babies for the first six months of life. Breastmilk provides the perfect balance of nutrition a baby needs as he or she grows.
Breastfeeding protects infants from a number of diseases and conditions, including diarrhea, respiratory tract infections, Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes and childhood obesity.
Mothers who breastfeed have less bleeding postpartum, return to their pre-pregnancy weight sooner and have a decreased risk for breast and ovarian cancer. Learning how to breastfeed before your baby is born will give you the confidence needed to feed your baby at the time of birth. Lactation consultants are available during your hospital stay and after discharge. We also have breastfeeding classes and support groups after you are home.
Dollars and Sense
Formula may seem more convenient, but you have to pay for it, clean the bottles and ensure it’s the right temperature before each feeding. Breast milk supply matches the demand of your growing infant, costs nothing and is always the right temperature.
Pumping and storing breast milk allows mothers to go back to work and have the flexibility to have others feed baby as needed. Although there is a cost for a pump, it may be worth the peace of mind you are providing your child with the best nutrition available. Our lactation consultants can provide more information about pump rentals.