Maternity & Baby Guide

. June 2, 2017.

Becoming a parent is something to celebrate whether it’s your first baby or your fifth. At the same time, it can be a little overwhelming as well. Parenthood is full of surprises and unknowns. We hope our Baby & Maternity Guide can be a go-to for advice, ideas and a way to put you at ease so you can get that sleep you desperately need!

Skin-to-Skin Contact

Ask to hold your infant as soon as possible after delivery, putting baby to breast within an hour of birth. Skin to skin contact is also an invaluable part of the bonding process between mother and baby and helps to accomplish a successful latch-on. If you have any concerns or questions, just ask!

Got Milk? What’s Normal

It can take anywhere from two to five days for a woman’s milk to come in, a time when the new mom’’s body produces colostrum, a thick yellow substance high in nutrients and disease-fighting antibodies. Don’t worry! Your body is producing the perfect amount of colostrum for baby’s tiny tummy. Hickman suggests moms breastfeed eight to 12 times within a 24-hour period, and avoid the use of bottles and pacifiers in the first month. “Feeding often will help milk supply and prevent engorgement. Cluster feeding is normal and does not mean you don’t have enough milk. Keep in mind that babies come to the breast not only to eat, but also to satisfy physical and emotional needs.”

Breastfeeding 101 for New Moms

Congratulations! You’re about to welcome a brand-new bundle of joy into your life! What could be sweeter? But let us warn (ahem, inform) you: giving birth isn’t the hard part, the devil’s in the details– swaddling, diapering, rocking, feeding (all the demands of a little human who depends exclusively on you). While the decision of how to feed your baby is a personal one, new moms are encouraged to try breastfeeding as a way to bond with baby emotionally, and to nourish them physically.

Breastfeeding Resources

Breastfeeding Resources
La Leche League of Lima Meetings
Every 2nd Tuesday at 7pm (monthly)
St. Charles Church, 2200 W Elm St, Lima

Blanchard Valley Hospital
Lactation Classes are now included in the Prenatal Classes which are held once a month every other month including: June, August, October and December. The Lactation Class may also be taken separately.
Marathon Auditorium,
1900 South Main Street, Findlay

Bluffton Hospital
(Part of Blanchard Valley Health System)
Lactation Classes are now included in the Prenatal Classes which are 2 day classes held every other month including July, September and November. The Lactation Class may also be taken separately.
Bluffton Hospital, 139 Garau Street, Bluffton

Hancock County WIC
Program 419-424-0720
Breastfeeding Peer Helper Program
Breastfeeding Peer Helpers are women who have personal breastfeeding experience that work with pregnant and postpartum WIC participants to help them meet their breastfeeding goals.
The Family Center, 1800 North Blanchard Street, Suite 124, Findlay

Online Support
“Findlay Ohio Breastfeeding Education and Support Cafe” on Facebook

What You Said: With so many products available for babies today, creating your registry can be downright daunting. We asked what products are must-haves for new moms and here’s what you had to say:

Josie Schreiber:
The Vicks Starry Night Cool Mist Humidifier! Our daughter gets sick and congested so easily and this has been a saving grace for us. It also has a starry night projector that we use every night for a night light. Whenever I’m asked what products I recommend for new parents, this product is always the first on my list.

Leah Foley:
Wipe warmer.
Nothing kills you more than having to touch your baby’s bottom with a cold, wet wipe.