The most common reason an exclusively breastfed (EBF) newborn is rehospitalized is due to
problems with insufficient feeding – where the mother’s body is unable to produce sufficient amounts of milk. With current breastfeeding protocols in hospital and clinic settings and the varying needs of infants, it is not always easy for a recovering mother to determine how much milk she is producing and if it is enough for her newborn.
Further, 22% of mothers have been found to have a delay in copious milk production, which means there is a lag from the time of birth to when enough milk “comes in” to completely support her baby’s needs. This critical time puts a child at 7-fold risk of complications.
We’ve created a feeding plan template to assist you in setting goals for your little one, by understanding your baby’s needs based on their birth statistics and what options you have (but may not know to ask).
Some of the information needed will be available to you by asking your healthcare provider directly, or requesting that they fill out your newborn’s data at birth.
Using this guide, you will be able to judge how best to hit your feeding targets, and be able to clearly inform your medical team what you would like to do if problems arise during the course of feeding.
Click here to download the Fed Is Best Feeding Plan.
Disclaimer: This document does not replace in-person physician evaluation and treatment. This document is meant to inform parents of the most recent data regarding infant feeding and to increase their knowledge on how to protect their newborns from hyperbilirubinemia, dehydration, hypernatremia, hypoglycemia and extended or repeat hospitalizations due to complications from underfeeding. Earlier supplementation may be needed for babies who are premature or have medical conditions. It is recommended that a parent seeks evaluation by a pediatrician for any concerns regarding the health and safety of her baby if they arise.