Hospital Question

14 Replies
susie - September 11

After you have given birth to your baby do you have to put the baby up to the br___t even if you are going to bottle feed instead of br___tfeeding???? Can someone please help me figure this out please thanks love susie xxxx (31weeks pregnant)


mindee - September 11

i did not b___stfeed my first 2 daughters and they always asked me to put the baby to my b___st but it was my choice and I never did. I am thinking about trying b___stfeeding this time around though. Hope this helps! Good Luck!


Jennifer - September 11

I've never heard of you HAVING to put the baby to your b___st if you're not b___stfeeding.


n - September 11

I chose to b___st feed my son, And was asked if I wanted to hold him to the b___st after his birth. So I am sure you will be asked. Another option is to hold baby near your heart to help calm and comfort baby.


Christy - September 11

I don't imagine you have to do it if you don't want to do it. You can even tell them early on so it doesn't become this awkward situation after the baby is delivered. Of course, the colostrum produced right at that time is really good for the baby. It is my understanding that even if they get it that one time from you, it is really good for their immunity, but of course, that is your choice. In any case, let them know up front what you do and don't want, and it will make things a lot easier when you are in the thick of it. P.S. I like the option of holding the baby near your heart to calm him/her down. That sounds very nice.


pbj - September 11

I believe it is your choice, and like Christy said you may want to let them know ahead of time that you do not plan to b___stfeed. However, I do believe that even women who do not b___stfeed still give their baby colostrum. But it is completely up to you.


Wanda from NM - September 12

The problem with this question is it isn't clear what susie is asking. Are you asking if you have to put your nipple in the baby's mouth if you aren't b___stfeeding, well duh, no. Will they put the baby on your chest after it is born even if you aren't b___stfeeding, I would think so. Is this a bad thing to do if you aren't b___stfeeding? I don't see how it would be. Still confused about your question.......


Ca__sie - September 12

Susie, I know hospitals encourage b___stfeeding, but they can't make that decision for you. All will move more smoothly at that time though if you've already thought it through and come up with your personal decision. And don't worry about snippy comments made by others... we're all getting "up there" and I'm sure it just stems from feeling uncomfortable. :-)


RB - September 13

Hello! I believe that what happens during your hospital stay is up to you, as far as non medical stuff goes. I plan on writing up a birth plan. Although there are several things I don't want to make a firm decision on in advance, there are some things I feel very strongly about. I plan on packing coppies in my hospital bag to have in the room. My sister said no one really paid much attention to hers so I plan on making everyone that comes through the door very aware of it, maybe I'll b__w up a copy & hang it over my bed! Anyway, good luck, and remember, it's your baby & your body, you know better than anyone else what's best for you! Take care!


Jessica F. - September 13

Nope no reason to try and get the baby to suckle if you aren't b___stfeeding.


susie - September 13

that was actually quite rude wanda... but anyway.. My mate who didnt want to b___stfeed was told to hold the baby up to the b___st for the kid to get a feed before bottle feeding her cause it works out better that it gets it right stuff before bottles. i was only asking a question. i thought it was actually clear enough wot iwas asking wanda,


Bree - September 14

Of course it's up to you what you want to do. But I would think you would want your baby close to you for bonding. I want my baby as close to me as possible. I also plan to b___stfeed, though. What you want is what's important, though. Best wishes to you.


Wanda from NM - September 14

Susie, I am sorry if I came across as rude. From your response, it seems like you aren't American, (calling your friend a mate) and so, this may explain why I couldn't understand what you were asking. I wasn't sure if you were asking about the birthing procedures at some hospitals where they put the baby on your chest after it is born, or if you were asking if you had to let your baby nurse to get colostrum if you planned on bottle feeding (which doesn't seem like a hosptial question). I guess I am just used to people saying what they mean directly, and maybe you aren't comfortable describing bodily functions or it is a language barrier thing, but it took your response for me to gather that you were taking about letting your baby nurse to get colostrum if you are bottle feeding, which doesn't make sense to do because doing so would encourage milk production. Only if you wanted your baby to benefit from the colostrum and are willing to put up with the ha__sle of making milk you don't use would make this necessary. So, I hope you were able to figure that out, and I am sorry I came across as a jerk.


d - September 14

My midwife put a note in my chart stating I have chosen not to b___stfeed. I asked her if I would be forced to b___stfeed at first or have a lactation consultant and she said, absolutely not. She stated that my choice would be respected and because it was written down others would be informed.


Ange - September 15

apart from the benefits of colostrum woman put their baby to the b___st after birth as it makes the uterus contract back down to size quicker and expel the placenta.



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