Welcome to the Wood County’s Breastfeeding Support website. This is an informational site designated for mothers and families in Wood County. It is a joint effort between the Wood County Hospital and Wood County Health District lactation services.
We will post general information and tips to support your breastfeeding needs as well as links to other sources you may be interested in. We would welcome any suggestions for improving our site. Thanks for visiting us!
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Wood County WIC Program can be reached directly by calling 419-354-9661. You
can also reach the WIC program by calling the Health District's toll free
Breastfeeding Support Group
Mothers, babies and expectant mothers are welcome to attend.
Discuss breastfeeding tips with a lactation consultant and bond with other nursing mothers.
Typically meets the last Tuesday of every month at 7pm at Wood County Hospital.
Call 419-373-7665 to register.
Wood County WIC offered first Friday of every month. Call 419-352-8402
Wood County Hospital offered. Call 419-354-8932
In The News
Did you know that you can get breastfeeding help from Wood County Hospital
lactation services even if you did not deliver there? Call Jennifer or Dawn at
“Babywearing” has been used by cultures across the globe for hundreds of
years as a mean for transporting babies. “Babywearing” simply means holding or
carrying a baby or young child close to the body using a fabric constructed baby
carrier that holds the child against either the chest or back of the carrier.
Carrying the baby this way allows for the baby to be closer to the carrier since
the baby or small child is not confined to a baby stroller or hand-held
(car-seat type) baby carrier. Recently, though, these fabric “babywearing”
carriers have caught flack for being potentially dangerous to the baby. Like any
baby product — cribs, strollers, car seats, playpens — slings come with natural
risks and require parents to be wary and to use common sense. Because the slings
are made out of cloth, extra care should be taken to ensure that the cloth does
not come into contact with the face of the child since this can obstruct
breathing. Care should also be taken by the individual wearing the baby as the
baby is very vulnerable to injury if either the baby or the carrier were to
Infants do not have to have their faces covered to suffocate; they can have their chin pinned to their chest which can block the airway to the lungs just as easily. Parents and caregivers should make sure that the infant’s face is visible at all times and is not covered by any of the carrier fabric. It is also important to maintain that the infant’s chin is not pinned to his or her chest.
If nursing the baby in a sling, change the baby’s position after feeding so the baby’s head is facing up and is clear of the sling and the mother’s body. Parents and caregivers should be alert about frequently checking their baby while in the sling.
Here are some important guidelines to
remember when “wearing” an infant:
- While you are getting used to wearing your baby, support him/her with your hands. As you go through the learning phase of moving and reacting, the urge to support your baby with your hands is instinctive. After you become a babywearing veteran, you can safely carry your baby in the sling with one or both hands free.
- Check to ensure that your baby is not curled up tightly in a chin-to-chest position; this compresses your baby's airway. Making sure there is a fingers' width or two between their chin and chest is a good guide.
- Make sure your baby's back is straight and supported.
- Monitor your child at all times. Make sure nothing is obstructing his/her face.
- Be aware of how your movements affect the baby: avoid any bumping or jarring motions.
For more Babywearing information:
http://www.thebabywearer.com/lists/Sewing.htm (how to make your own sling)
Disclaimer: In no way does Wood County WIC endorse the use of baby slings. The information presented here is meant to be a resource to help you gather information that will help you make more informed decisions. As a parent, you are responsible for deciding what is best for meeting the needs of your Child.
CAR SEAT SAFETY
PARENTS- Make sure that your child, or children, are properly buckled in when
riding in a motor vehicle!
Motor vehicle crashes are the #1 killer of children from ages 1 to 14. About 50% of these deaths to children under 5 involved children that were unrestrained. Of those that were restrained, misuse is reported in 80-95% of cases. Injuries requiring hospitalization are even more common, and many involve the head, neck, and spine. Some of these injuries are permanent. Child restraints are VERY effective for reducing deaths and injuries.
For a free consultation on how to safely choose, and use, an infant or child car seat contact the Wood County Hospital Certified Car Seat Technicians at 419-354-8932.
A Certified child passenger safety technician will show you how to make sure your baby is safe and secure while riding in the back seat. Inspections are free and take 20 to 30 minutes. Consider it a free private lesson in the proper use of your safety equipment. A certified child passenger safety technicians will teach you how to install your own car seat in your vehicle and adjust the safety features properly for your baby.
For more information on car-seat safety, follow the link below:
MAINTAINING BREAST MILK SUPPLY
During the time after your baby is born and before you return to the workplace or classroom, your primary goal will be to establish your milk supply. This is best done through frequent day and night feedings. Plan to pump milk to stockpile whenever the opportunity arises:
- In the early days when the milk supply may be more than the baby needs, you should produce more milk than the baby consumes. After the baby is finished eating, use a pump to extract more milk from the breast while it is readily available.
- Take milk from the other breast when the baby only takes one side.
- A few minutes (5-10) after feedings, try to express again.
- In the morning hours when milk supply is most plentiful.
You may have to pump several times in order to obtain the amount needed for one bottle. Once you return to work or school, however, and begin missing feedings regularly, you should be able to pump greater amounts.
Frequency of pumping: Ideally you should plan to pump at least 3 times during an 8 hour work/school day, 2 times during a 6 hour day, and at least once during a 4 hour day. If pumping opportunities are extremely limited, brief pumping sessions of 5 minutes are better than no pumping. If there is no pumping for long periods of time; ie. 8-9 hours or more, expect milk supply to drop.
A Typical Work/School Day for the Breastfeeding Mother
- Set your alarm clock 20-30 minutes early. Nurse your baby during this time even if you have to awaken him.
- Dress yourself and the baby.
- Eat a well-balanced breakfast including something to drink.
- Nurse again before leaving.
- Plan to pump around mid-morning. Have something to drink and a snack.
- Plan to pump again - or nurse if possible - at mid-day/lunchtime. Eat a well-balanced meal with something to drink.
- Plan to pump around mid-afternoon. Have a snack with something to drink.
- Pick up baby after work/school and nurse as soon as you arrive home.
- Eat a well-balanced dinner with plenty of fluid.
- Nurse on demand throughout the evening. This is beneficial to increasing your supply and it helps your baby reconnect with you.
- Work in some moderate exercise as this increases the hormone that is responsible for milk production.
- Have a bedtime snack with something to drink.
- Nurse on demand throughout the night. Bring baby to bed with you to allow for adequate rest.
Providing your child with breast milk is desired for many reasons. Pumping and storing breast milk may seem time consuming, but the benefits will be well worth your time!
Benefits of Breastfeeding: Breast milk is the ideal food for newborns. Besides providing the necessary nutrients in the most easily digestible and absorbable form, breast milk contains antibodies and white blood cells that protect the baby against infection. Breast milk can also help to protect the baby against bacterial diarrhea. Because of the protective qualities of breast milk, many types of infections occur less often in babies who are breastfed rather than bottle-fed. Breastfeeding also seems to protect against the development of certain chronic problems, such as allergies, diabetes, celiac sprue, and Crohn's disease.
Breastfeeding offers many advantages to the mother as well. For example, it helps her to bond and feel close to her baby in a way that bottle-feeding cannot. Mothers who breastfeed have a quicker recovery time after delivery and have some long-term health benefits, such as decreased risk of obesity, osteoporosis, breast cancer, and ovarian cancer.
For more information:
20 tips for breastfeeding and going back to work/school: http://www.askdrsears.com/html/2/T025100.asp
Meijer Inc. Is offering free prenatal vitamins to soon to be moms. Women who
are pregnant or are planning to have children can qualify for the program. A
prescription from your doctor or nurse practitioner is required.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) released new guidelines on vitamin D for infants, children and adolescence at a time when medical conditions attributable to low vitamin D levels such as Rickets appear to be on the rise in the US. Breastfeeding babies are at risk if they are fed exclusively (no formula) and not supplemented with vitamin D and don’t have adequate sun exposure. It is now recommended that ALL infants and children, including adolescents, have a minimum daily intake of 400 IU of vitamin D beginning soon after birth.
We urge you to discuss this with your baby’s doctor as most cases are individualized to your own family and feeding practices.
It is also recommended that breastfeeding women take a prenatal pill vitamin daily. Emerging research is suggesting that breastfeeding women who do not consume adequate amounts of fish (1-2 times week) should also consider a supplement containing omega 3 fatty acids.
www.drjacknewman.com Jack Newman-renown breastfeeding expert
www.llli.org Le Leche League
www.mybrestfriend.com breastfeeding supplies
www.medela.us breastfeeding supplies
www.ameda.com breastfeeding supplies
www.aap.org American Academy of Pediatrics
www.healthychildren.org (Extensive information on stages of development, health issues, parenting tips, and safety and prevention for infants and children).
www.merck.com/mmhe/sec23/ch263/ch263e.html (Extensive information on baby and infant development. Feeding, care, digestion, and sleeping information provided as well).
www.womenshealth.gov/breastfeeding/ (Guides and FAQ’s on breastfeeding)
Local Breastfeeding Promotion Professionals
Jennifer Tansel, RNC,BSN,IBCLC
Wood County Hospital
Dawn Miller RN
Wood County Hospital
Martha Gonzalez RD, LD, CLC
Registered Dietitian and Certified Lactation Counselor
Wood County Health District
Disclaimer: The Wood County Health District Breastfeeding Promotion page is co-administered through the Wood County WIC Program. WIC is an equal opportunity provider and employer. The views/business mentioned on the website is not necessarily endorsed by Wood County Health District.
Legal Disclaimer regarding online lactation assistance: The assistance that you are receiving via our website is not meant as a substitute for professional guidance from your local healthcare professional. Please seek help from your local healthcare professional or IBCLC at 1-800-LaLeche (1-800-525-3243) if you are experiencing problems with breastfeeding. Information given cannot be construed as medical advice. Please check with your health care provider when making decisions concerning lactation that may impact the health and well being of you and/or your breastfeeding child. If you are concerned about your breastfeeding situation, or about your health or the health of your children, please call your healthcare provider immediately.