Doing this in pregnancy,
could save your baby’s life!

Parents-to-be are encouraged to pick a doctor for their baby before birth.  Finding the right doctor isn't easy, and it can take a lot of time.  When you put your baby’s life in someone else's hands, you need to feel confident that this is an individual with enough smarts, qualifications, and skills to give your baby the care he/she deserves.  

Much like finding the right OB or midwife for birth, you need to find a doctor for baby that is supportive of your care believes.  Does this doctor have any training or experience with breastfeeding?  Do you want someone with a more holistic approach?  Is she/he comfortable with a delayed vaccine schedule or opting not to have vaccines if you choose?  Do they have extended office hours?  

Once you’re found a doctor for your baby, have him/her write orders for your baby’s care at birth.  Birth is can be unpredictable and emergency situations can arise.  If your baby has orders from his/her doctor, the hospital staff will follow these orders, otherwise they will follow hospital protocol, which may include separating mother and baby, giving baby formula, and more.  

In Colorado?  Sign up for a Bradley Method Class or Breastfeeding Class!

Separating mother and baby at birth can have many negative impacts.  There are more and more studies showing that keeping mom and baby skin to skin immediately after the birth (and in the early months of life) helps babies in many ways.  Click here to learn more about the importance of skin to skin contact.

Many doctors do not discuss the importance of breastmilk, especially for premature babies.  We are very lucky to have a human milk bank in Colorado, so even if mom is unable to provide her milk to baby, donor milk is available.  This article highlights the danger of just one bottle of formula.

Another very serious condition can arise with providing formula to a newborn, call necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC).  This is a devastating disease that affects mostly the intestine of premature infants.  The wall of the intestine is invaded by bacteria, which cause local infection and inflammation that can ultimately destroy the wall of the bowel (intestine). Such bowel-wall-destruction can lead to perforation of the intestine and spillage of stool into the infant’s abdomen, which can result in an overwhelming infection and death.  The use of an all human milk diet can lower the risk of necrotizing enterocolitis by 79%!  Click here to learn more about NEC.

Talk to your baby’s doctor about having orders to keep mother and baby together as much as possible, only giving baby breastmilk (either mom’s milk or using donor milk).  In the event of a c-section, orders may include to delay bathing, delayed cord clamping if possible, and to initiate breastfeeding 1 hour after birth.   


In Colorado?  Sign up for a Bradley Method Class or Breastfeeding Class!

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