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HSHS St. Vincent Hospital is proud to be certified as the only hospital in Green Bay to complete the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative. Launched by the World Health Organization, this initiative recognizes hospitals and birthing centers that offer the finest level of care for infant feeding and mother-baby bonding.
HSHS values breastfeeding as the best and safest way to feed your baby. To support you and your family, a lactation specialist will see you in the hospital and they are also available by phone or outpatient consultation after you go home. Regardless of the method you choose to feed your baby, you will be allowed time, privacy and support to achieve the goals you set for yourself and your new baby.
As part of Baby-Friendly, we use the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding and the International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes to give mothers the information, confidence, and skills they need to successfully initiate and continue breastfeeding or formula-feed safely.
For you and your baby to begin to bond, it is important that you remain together 24 hours a day. This is called rooming in; it has been proven to be beneficial in preparing you to care for your new baby.
- You will be better prepared to care for your baby at home as hospital staff will guide you through those first few nights.
- You can get to know your baby better when he or she stays in the room, learning to recognize feeding cues, etc.
- Studies show that mothers get the same amount and quality of sleep when their babies room in as when they are out of the room.
If you feel nervous about caring for a newborn, you’re not alone. Family or a support person is welcome as you may find them helpful during your hospital stay.
Your nurses are experienced and will teach you how to care for baby, as we recognize that is an important part of your hospital stay. Your nurse can help with limiting daytime interruptions and phone calls if you’d like, so that you can rest during the day when your baby sleeps.
After baby is born, your care provider will place him or her belly-down directly on your chest. This is called skin to skin contact. Your nurse will be there with a warm blanket to cover you and your baby. Quiet time is encouraged during this first hour as this is the time for mom or dad to hold the baby skin-to-skin providing benefits such as, but not limited to:
- Positive impact on bonding
- Reduced perception of pain
- Reduced incidence of postpartum depression
- Triggers feeding reflexes and increases breastfeeding success
- Smooth transition for baby to life outside the womb
- Increased calmness and reduced crying