BREASTFEEDING

Casa de Saúde São José considers breast milk to be the best possible nourishment for the baby. It is with this conviction that we supported the formation of GIAM (Breastfeeding Incentive Group). The group, which is made up of professionals from the maternity ward, nursery, neonatal ICU and nutrition service, was created to encourage and orient parents about breastfeeding and its benefits. After all, for us, breastfeeding is more than a tradition, it is very healthy act of love for both mother and baby.

Besides this orientation about breastfeeding, parents are also instructed on the main hygiene measures for the newborn, such as how to change diapers and caring for the umbilical cord stump.

It is important to point out that the maternity ward at Casa de Saúde São José is a well-established tradition in the city of Rio de Janeiro, serving as the first nursery for thousands of children since its foundation.

 

What is the best position for breastfeeding?

The best position is always the one in which both mother and baby are the most comfortable. The following are some of the main positions:

 

Seated position (traditional)

The mother should hold the baby, supporting his or her head on the curve of the forearm and placing her hand under the newborn’s bottom. The baby’s arm that remained below should be positioned so that it does not hurt him or her or get in the way of the breastfeeding.

 

 

 

Lying position

The mother should lie down next to the baby, so that the two are facing one another. The mother should support the baby’s shoulder with one of her arms, and bring her nipple toward the baby’s mouth with the other.

 

 

 

 

Pony position

The baby is placed over the mothers leg, with his or her body facing the mother.

 

 

 

 

 

Upside-down position

The mother remains seated and the baby’s body is supported by a pillow. The baby’s feet point toward the mother’s back and his or her face is turned toward the breast. The mother’s hand should make a C-shaped cup to support the baby’s neck.

 

 

 

What should I do when my body starts producing milk?

The milk let down may occur anywhere between the third and fifth day after the birth. The breasts will be heavier, warmer and more sensitive. If you begin to accumulate milk and feel your breasts tense or hardened, you will need to massage them and manually pump out the milk to relieve the congestion of the breasts.