Tonya Schaffer, RN, MBA, from LDS Hospital gives us the benefits to breastfeeding your baby. Stepping Up is a program that Utah Department of Health began to help to promote, protect, empower, and encourage breastfeeding in their facilities. Rooming-in is one of the ways LDS Hospital is Stepping Up for Utah Moms and Babies, here are benefits of this practice:
Rooming-in benefits for mother:
- Better quality sleep
- Increased confidence in handling and caring for baby
- Ability to learn your baby’s cues (sleepy, stressed, in need of quiet time, or hungry)
- Earlier identification of early feeding cues (rooting, opening mouth, and sucking on tongue, fingers, or hand)
- Improved breastfeeding experience
- Less infant crying and distress (they love to be near you)
- Less “baby blues” and postpartum depression
- Parents are better-rested and more relaxed by the end of the first week home
Rooming-in benefits for baby:
- Better quality sleep. Your baby will develop a more regular sleep-wake cycle earlier, and rooming-in may help ease the transition to day/night routines
- More stable body temperatures
- Generally more content, less crying
- More stable blood sugar
- Breastfeed sooner, longer, and more easily
- Lower levels of stress hormones
Rooming-in also helps parents prepare to go home with their new baby. It provides an opportunity for parents and other caregivers to provide total care for the baby in a home-like environment while in the hospital. At LDS Hospital, they do not require babies to room in, but do encourage it for the benefits for the family.
For more helpful tips for new mothers, go to intermountainhealthcare.org/locations/lds-hospital.
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