We’re committed to educating moms and supporting them as they begin their breastfeeding journey. In fact, we’ve spent countless hours working on new ways to help moms get the best start breastfeeding so they can continue to provide the most powerful nourishment to their babies.
So, we’re excited to announce Medela Breastfeeding University, our Online Breastfeeding Education program to help moms give their babies the best start possible. Don’t worry. We know how busy your schedule is. That’s why there are just 10 lessons that take only 5 to 7 minutes each. Some of the topics covered include latching your baby to the breast, tips to increase supply and common breastfeeding issues. Just for completing the program, you’ll get a special $25 off a Medela Accessory Starter Set (only available through Medela). The course costs $25, with all proceeds benefiting Ronald McDonald House Charities.
Learn about providing the best nutrition possible for your baby and support a very worthy cause. Sounds like a great deal to us.
Ready to get started? Begin Medela Breastfeeding University now!
The first moments after birth are some of the best times to bond with your baby and begin breastfeeding. It’s also a great opportunity to get help from lactation professionals and hospital-grade breastfeeding products. In fact, many hospitals have recognized how important their role is in breastfeeding success and have chosen to pursue “Baby-Friendly Hospital” status. Medela proudly supports the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative and its role in long-term breastfeeding success.
In order for a hospital to become “baby-friendly,” they must complete the following 10 steps:
- Develop a written breastfeeding policy that is routinely shared with the healthcare staff.
- Specifically train the hospital staff to practice and implement the breastfeeding policy.
- Share the benefits of breastfeeding with all pregnant women in the hospital.
- Support moms in breastfeeding within the first 30 minutes after birth.
- Teach moms how to breastfeed and maintain supply, even if they are separated from their babies.
- Feed nothing but breastmilk to babies, unless medically indicated.
- Allow mothers to stay with their babies 24 hours a day.
- Encourage moms to breastfeed on demand.
- Do not provide pacifiers or bottle nipples to breastfeeding infants.
- Work to develop support groups and refer mothers to them upon discharge.
Curious about baby friendly hospitals near you? You can find a full list of Medela baby-friendly hospitals by state on our website.
How did your hospital support your breastfeeding goals? Share in the comments below.
Breastfeeding is the most natural and nourishing way for a mom to bond with her baby. Unfortunately, despite the countless health benefits, some moms become targets for breastfeeding criticism. Whether you chose to breastfeed in public, or believe extended breastfeeding is best for your toddler, we’ve got the tools to help you overcome any breastfeeding criticism.
Keep the benefits of breastfeeding in mind
The AAP recommends breastfeeding for the first year, then continue you to breastfeed as long as it’s mutually beneficial for mom and baby. Why is that? Because the list of breastfeeding benefits is incredible, including; boosting your baby’s immune system, preventing many common diseases and helping to reduce your risk of some cancers – it doesn’t get much better than that! So, when you feel discouraged, know you are truly providing the best nutrition possible for your baby.
Find a response that represents you
If someone chooses to confront you about your breastfeeding decisions, you have many options for how you can respond. But always choose a response that represents your family and makes you feel comfortable. Looking for some suggestions for responding to breastfeeding criticism? How do these sound?
- Give them the facts. Some people are unaware of the health benefits of breastfeeding and could be open to learning more. So, throw out your favorite benefit of breastfeeding the next time you face a challenge.
- Ignore them. You know what works best for your family; so, don’t feel like you have to justify it to others. If you don’t feel comfortable responding, don’t.
- Talk about the demands of breastfeeding. Breastfeeding is a serious time commitment and sometimes the needs of your baby come when you’re not in the comfort of your own home. So, try telling critics how often you have to breastfeed. Or, let them know that Lactation Consultants recommend breastfeeding 8 to 12 times in a 24-hour period. That’s a long time to stay in private.
Support is key for breastfeeding success. So, surround yourself with people who support your breastfeeding goals and desires. They’ll not only be a great resource when times get tough, but can also help you manage breastfeeding criticism from others. Bounce response ideas off of them, or just reach out to them when you’re frustrated with negative opinions. If you’re looking for a larger support system, consider joining a breastfeeding support group. Talk about a group of caring people!
How do you handle breastfeeding criticism? Share your responses in the comments below.