August is National Breastfeeding Month, and the Stratford Library is partnering with the It’s Worth It! Campaign to provide information about breastfeeding to Connecticut families. On Wednesdays in August, we will post tips from the It’s Worth It campaign.
The It’s Worth It! campaign was developed by the Connecticut Breastfeeding Coalition, the Connecticut Department of Public Heath, and their partners to support those who choose to breastfeed, and to reduce barriers that cause them to stop breastfeeding before they are ready. The It’s Worth It! campaign highlights 5 key themes for breastfeeding success to encourage and help Connecticut families meet their breastfeeding goals: Make a Plan, Skin to Skin, Rooming-in, Community Support, and Make it Work.
Tip # 2 Skin to Skin
Skin to skin contact is holding baby dressed in a diaper against your chest. Practicing skin to skin after birth promotes baby’s health, bonding, and breastfeeding. #itsworthitCT @CTDPH @CTbfcoalition https://www.itsworthitct.org/uploads/7/6/2/7/76278053/skin_to_skin_english.pdf
Tip #3: Rooming-In
After you deliver your baby, rooming-in will help you get breastfeeding off to a good start! Learn more about rooming-in with this resource. #itsworthitCT @CTDPH @CTbfcoalition https://www.itsworthitct.org/uploads/7/6/2/7/76278053/rooming_in_english.pdf
How often and how much should babies be breastfed during the first days, weeks and months of life? Learn here! #itsworthitCT @CTDPH @CTbfcoalition https://www.cdc.gov/nutrition/infantandtoddlernutrition/breastfeeding/how-much-and-how-often.html
Rooming-in is part of the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding Initiative. Find a list of CT Hospitals that are designated as “Baby Friendly” here. @breastfeedingct @CTPublicHealth https://www.babyfriendlyusa.org/for-parents/find-a-baby-friendly-facility/