Caring for Baby
New parents often wish their newborns would come with an instruction manual. Luckily, our care team is an even better resource. Highly trained in infant care, our nurses and board-certified lactation consultants provide you with tips, advice and instruction for baby’s care and nutrition before you go home. Soon after your baby’s birth, your baby’s doctor will stop by to answer questions and outline what to expect during the first few weeks of your baby’s life.
The Family Birthing Center at LMH encourages and supports breastfeeding, and we are proud to say 90 percent of our new moms achieve breastfeeding success. Research shows that for babies, breastfeeding decreases the chance of respiratory infections, sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and diabetes - for moms, it decreases the risk of breast cancer, ovarian cancer, postpartum depression, diabetes and heart disease. It also offers continued bonding for both mother and baby, and it speeds postpartum recovery.
Because hospitals play an important role in making the experience easier, LMH is also a proud participant in High 5 for Mom & Baby, a program that aims to improve breastfeeding success in Kansas through hospital care that supports nursing moms and babies. Having completed the requirements in 2012, LMH was the first hospital to qualify for the High 5 for Mom & Baby recognition.
Our team of nurses, international board-certified lactation consultants and certified breastfeeding educators, will teach, support and advise you from birth through weaning. They will also help you develop a plan to continue breastfeeding your baby if you return to work. To speak with a lactation consultant, call 785-505-2738. Before you leave the Family Birthing Center, be sure to visit the The Perfect Fit, a retail shop inside our Infant Nutrition Center, for nursing bras and pads, pumps and infant nutrition supplies.
Taking Baby Home
Taking baby home for the first time can be both exciting and scary. Hopefully, we have provided you with the information and instruction you need in order to be confident in your baby’s care. However, at home you will discover that your instincts will ‘kick in.’ Soon you will recognize the difference between your baby’s “hungry” cry and his “hurt” cry – and you will know what to do!
Kansas law requires that infants and children be restrained in a federally approved car seat when traveling in a car. To comply with the law and to assure your baby’s safety from the start, please have your approved car seat correctly installed in the rear of your car for the ride home.
For safety reasons, all patients, including moms, are discharged from LMH via wheelchair. Sit back and enjoy the ride – your Journey through Parenthood has begun!