Hackensack Meridian Children’s Health supports the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative. Developed by UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO), the program fosters a culture of support for breastfeeding mothers in hospitals. Our mission is to promote, support and protect the breastfeeding relationship between mother and baby.
A lactation consultant can help if:
You are worried about how your infant is eating.
You have sore nipples or breast pain.
Your pediatrician is concerned about your infant’s feeding or weight.
Your baby does not seem satisfied after most feedings.
You want to breastfeed and you are using formula for feedings.
You have questions about pumping.
You need help with a return to work plan.
You need help or support.
Outpatient breastfeeding services:
General assessment of mother and baby for breastfeeding management
Evaluation of breast milk intake during feeding
Feeding strategies to support successful lactation
Assistance with establishing good milk supply
Assistance with breastfeeding premature babies or multiple births
Managing sore nipples and other sources of breast discomfort during feedings
Evaluation of low/slow weight gain in baby
Preparation for return to work – pumping management
Re-establishing milk supply/breastfeeding after interruption
Treatment of engorgement, plugged duct, thrush or mastitis
Breastfeeding Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know if my baby is hungry?
Put your infant skin to skin on your chest and look for signs of hunger:
Opening the mouth
Putting hands to the face
How can I tell if my baby is getting enough milk?
Your newborn baby is breastfeeding 8-12 times every 24 hours.
By Day 4, your baby has at least 3-4 yellow seedy stools every 24 hours.
Number of wet diapers increases every day.
Day 2, look for 2 wet diapers every 24 hours.
Days 3-4, look for 3 or more wet diapers every 24 hours.
By Day 5, wet diapers should be more frequent, usually 6 or more every 24 hours.
You can hear or see your baby swallowing/gulping during breastfeeding.
You do not feel nipple pain after initial latch on.
Your baby is receiving only breast milk.
How can I prevent or relieve engorgement?
Breastfeeding often minimizes engorgement, a temporary overfilling of your breasts. It also helps to hand-express, or squeeze out, a little breast milk before each feeding. Your body should adjust to produce only as much milk as your baby needs. In the meantime, you can use over-the-counter pain medicine to relieve pain. Acetaminophen or ibuprofen will not harm your baby. Cold compresses between breastfeeding sessions also may reduce pain and swelling. If you continue to experience problems, contact a lactation consultant or your doctor.
What can I do for my sore nipples?
Ask your doctor, nurse, or lactation consultant if you are holding your baby correctly. Also, try:
Breastfeeding on the side that is less sore.
Tucking your baby under your arm like a football with your arm cradling the head. This position puts the baby’s lips in a different place on your breast.
Letting expressed milk dry on your nipples between feedings.
For non-urgent issues, call our lactation warm line numbers to speak with an international board- certified lactation consultant. For urgent concerns that require immediate attention, please contact your pediatrician.