My Breastfeeding Experience
My baby’s birth date________________________________________________
I am very DISAPPOINTED with my breastfeeding experience at your hospital.
____I wanted to remain “skin to skin” with my healthy baby and breastfeed immediately after birth.
Mothers of healthy term babies should be allowed to remain skin to skin for the first hour after birth and until the completion of the first feed. Eye ointment, bathing, etc., can be postponed until this has been accomplished.
____I wanted to room-in with my baby so I could learn how to know when my baby wanted to breastfeed and I could establish a good milk supply.
Keeping babies by the bed and fully accessible to the mother helps the mother learn how to read her baby‘s feeding cues and frequent feeding establishes a good milk supply.
____I wanted breastfeeding to take priority over non-emergency hospital routines.
Non-emergency breastfeeding interruptions do not promote bonding and breastfeeding success.
____I wanted my baby to receive only my milk without any supplemental formula or pacifiers.
Breastfed babies do not need formula supplements unless medically indicated, nor do they need pacifiers.
____I wanted nursing staff to help me learn how to exclusively breastfeed my baby.
Hospital staff needs to be educated on how to help mothers learn to breastfeed.
____The “free” formula bag made me think I couldn‘t exclusively breastfeed my baby.
Confidence in a mother‘s ability to feed her baby with only her milk needs to be supported, not undermined by free formula and coupons given by the hospital.
____I received no information about breastfeeding support available in the community.
New mothers are often discharged from the hospital before their milk supply is established. Mothers need access to practical breastfeeding help in their community.
Please consider revising your policies to be in line with the WHO/UNICEF “Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding” and the 2011 Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding. The WHO/UNICEF Ten Steps are supported by the American Academy of Pediatricians, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, American Academy of Family Physicians, and the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine. The Texas Ten Step program (http://texastenstep.org/) provides support and recognition for Texas hospitals on the way to achieving the WHO/UNICEF Ten Steps.
Thank you for your time and attention to this important matter.
Texas Breastfeeding Coalition, 2017. www.txbfcoalition.org