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Fetal Care Center at Nicklaus Children's HospitalFetal Care Center at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital

SADM #85 Jul/Ago 2019

Nicklaus Children’s Hospital

The Fetal Care Center at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital is a program aimed at caring for fetal patients who have been pre-diagnosed with a medical condition in utero that will require pediatric critical or surgical care after birth. The goal is to ensure patients have the best start to life possible.

The new high-risk infant delivery unit, which opened its doors in June of 2019, gives families of high-risk infants a chance to deliver within the pediatric hospital setting. Mother and baby are able to stay together within the same hospital while the infant receives care, increasing the opportunities for mother baby bonding and breastfeeding.

As part of keeping families and infants together, a large component of the program is extending support to mothers who wish to breastfeed. We understand that mothers of high-risk infants have a harder time with successfully breastfeeding due to the infant’s medical journey.

Our staff is committed to providing mothers achieve their goals. Our on-staff International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLC) provide education, assistance with planning and options for expressing milk in cases where neonates may not be able to feed by mouth. What’s more, each delivery room within the specialized unit is equipped with a temperature-controlled breastmilk refrigerator.

To learn more about the Fetal Care Center, visit NicklausChildrens.org/fetalcare

In honor of World Breastfeeding Awareness Week, observed August 1-7, here are helpful tips for families who are beginning their breastfeeding journey.

Prepare and Plan: Consult with an expert and take a breastfeeding class before your baby is born. Talk to your OB-GYN and express your desire to breastfeed.

Inform: Let the hospital know of your desire to breast-feed and request a visit from a lactation consultant or nurse certified in lactation as soon as your baby is born.

Comfort: Try your best to relax and get comfortable during feedings.

Latch: Make sure your baby’s mouth is open wide, bring the baby close to you, and avoid pushing the back of his/her head. The baby/s chin and nose should be touching your breast. If you feel pain, ask for help!

Feeding schedule: Don’t worry about staying on a schedule. A newborn will breastfeed often.

Quantity: Keep in mind that the stomach capacity of your new bundle of joy is very small. Contact a lactation consultant if you are concerned your baby is not eating.

Support: Seek support from family and friends who can help and encourage your breastfeeding relationship with your baby.

Patience and Consistency: Breastfeeding is natural but keep in mind it is also a learned behavior.

Pumping: Remember that the best “pump” you can have is your baby.

Seek help: The earlier you receive assistance the better success you will have with breastfeeding.

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