A Breastfeeding Checklist for Patients

Do your clients know? According the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, “babies are born with all the instincts they need to breastfeed. A healthy newborn usually is capable of breastfeeding without any specific help within the first hour of birth. Immediately after the birth, your baby should be placed in direct skin-to-skin contact with you if possible. A nurse or lactation consultant (a health care provider with special training in breastfeeding) can help you find a good position.”

iBirth™ App’s: Breastfeeding Checklist for Patients

What Our Experts Are Saying

1.”Consider signing up for a breastfeeding class with your partner/spouse in your community.”

-Michele Kolakowski, CD, RMT, Doula and Massage Therapist.

2. “Ask your provider to evaluate your nipples for breastfeeding. If they are flat or inverted, ask where you can locate a certified lactation consultant (IBCLC) to consider using breast shells before your baby’s birth.”

-Marilyn Robboy, RN, Labor and Delivery Nurse

3. “Well before you deliver, ask your Dr./Midwife and your breastfeeding helper to weigh-in on any potential breastfeeding challenges that might be unique to you, your baby or your circumstance. Like unobstructed childbirth, breastfeeding usually proceeds quite naturally. To learn more about breastfeeding, follow this link to La Leche League International.”

-Darcy Kamin, RN, Lactation Consultant

4. “Step up the mental health care. Reconnect with your therapist now if you have had one before, and if you are at risk for PPD, reach out and make contact with a therapist just in case you should need one later. If you have struggled with depression/anxiety in the past and medicine was helpful to you, consider having your prescription on hand. We now know many medicines are safe to take while breastfeeding, and sometimes one session with a therapist can be enough if you go back at the first signs of distress.”

-Kate Kripke, LCSW, Perinatal Mental Health Specialist

5. “Lamaze Healthy Birth Practice: Keep mother and baby together. It’s best for mother, baby and breastfeeding. Adapted from The Official Lamaze Guide: Giving Birth with Confidence, ‘Experts now recommend that right after birth, a healthy newborn should be placed skin-to-skin on the mother’s abdomen or chest and should be dried and covered with warm blankets. Any care that needs to be done immediately after birth can be done with your baby skin-to-skin on your chest.’ As midwife Ina May Gaskin says, you’re entitled to ‘keep your prize.'”

-Judith Nowlin, Pregnancy and Infant Health Expert


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