Breastfeeding Support With Tea and milkmakers Lactation Cookies

Breastfeeding Support With Tea and milkmakers Lactation Cookies

emily

We spoke with Andra Sandberg, MA, BSN, RN, IBCLC a Lactation Consultant from Kaiser Santa Rosa Hospital about one of the ways they support breastfeeding moms. This hospital gives new moms a milkmakers cookie with the afternoon tea service. The result has been higher patient satisfaction scores and new breastfeeding moms that feel extra support from the very beginning.  We had a few questions for Andra.

Emily: How does your organization do to support breastfeeding moms?

Andra: At Kaiser Permanente Santa Rosa we offer classes in breastfeeding in addition to our Prepared Childbirth Classes.  We offer antenatal lactation consultation appointments and post partum appointments.  We have a Breastfeeding Support Group that meets weekly and Mommy & Me support groups for babies aged newborn to 6 months, and babies 6 months to one year.  When in the hospital after birth, families are cared for by nurses with additional training and expertise in breastfeeding support.  We encourage parents to provide skin to skin care for their newborn throughout their hospitalization, beginning as soon after birth as possible.  We also have our Newborn Channel in the hospital which also has instruction on breastfeeding.  And to top it all off, we have MilkMakers cookies served at our afternoon Tea Service, which our new mothers love and is a perfect segway to discuss foods that encourage milk production.
 
Emily: Why does this make a difference to moms?
Andra: We endeavor to have families go home feeling confident about breastfeeding their baby and each of the services we offer assures this goal. We also want families to feel supported knowing that help is available once they leave the hospital.
 
Emily: Can you share your top 2-3 tips for breastfeeding moms?
Andra: 1) Breastfeeding can take some time to get established, so patience and persistence is the key. Start off with skin to skin care. 2) Get help with a Lactation Consultant at the first sign of any problems. Also explore community resources that support breastfeeding; LaLeche League, WIC etc. 3) Any amount of breastfeeding is a blessing for both mom and baby.