Marsha Walker RN, IBCLC
Journal of Perinatal and Neonatal Nursing July/September 2007 Volume 21 Number 3 Pages 191 – 197
Meeting national breast-feeding objectives and mothers’ personal breast-feeding goals depends on a number of factors, including the provision of current, consistent, and timely help with breast-feeding. Nurses are in a prime position to guide mothers during their hospital stay and provide community follow-up postdischarge.
Mothers and infants need to acquire a set of breast-feeding skills prior to hospital discharge so that a mother goes home confident that she can adequately nourish her infant, initiate and maintain an abundant milk supply, avoid problems, and address them if they occur. This article describes strategies for optimizing breast-feeding during the first 48 hours and delineates what mothers need to know before they leave the hospital.