Tuesday, June 11, 2013

St. Luke's Global City's breastfeeding policy

I am so proud I gave birth in this hospital. SLMC Global City is a huge reason why both my children were breastfed.

I was never separated from my babies.

They were placed immediately on my chest as soon as they came out of me. They latched onto my breast and stayed there for a few minutes while Vince and I cooed and giggled.

My babies were roomed in with me.

We had lots of time to bond and get to know each other right after birth. The nurses really left us alone. This allowed me and my kids to rest.

A lactation consultant came in to teach me how to massage my breasts, to check if I had milk, to see if there was proper latch. I was also assured that I can have breastfeeding support even after discharge. I didn't need this, though, since I was lucky enough to have no problems with nursing.

I'm a successful breastfeeding mother because of my determination to nurse, the support of my husband, and the encouragement and strong breastfeeding policy of the hospital I gave birth in.

I encourage all pregnant moms to check the breastfeeding and rooming-in policies of your hospital. They really are a huge factor in your breastfeeding success!

11 comments:

  1. Hi Frances,

    Thank you so much for promoting breastfeeding. When I was breastfeeding, I always think na "ang sakit sakit" and I wanted to stop. So when I went back to work and really had to stop breastfeeding, super sad ang feeling ko. Pakiramdam ko, a part of me was lost kasi I stopped breastfeeding agad. Continue encouraging moms to do it. Super rewarding experience ang breastfeeding.

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    1. I know what you mean. I'm always thinking of weaning! Kung hindi lang sa encouragement ni Vince, matagal na ako nag-stop. Support is really needed!

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  2. Hi Frances :)

    Thank you for blogging about St Luke's breastfeeding advocacy.

    Would you mind if I share this on my Facebook wall?

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  3. I wish there were more Metro Manila hospitals like St. Luke's that encourage mom and baby time -- from breastfeeding to just skin-to-skin bonding. I chose the hospital I gave birth in (not in the country though) because of their in-room policy of having the baby inside the room close to the mother right after birth. A lactation specialist visited me in the room immediately too to help first-timers like myself with how to breastfeed.

    Is there a reason why pacifiers are not allowed at all? Pacifiers were the only thing that can make my baby sleep then.

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    1. I don't know. Maybe instead of offering a pacifier, moms should offer their nipple instead? Maybe there are studies that pacifiers can confuse baby? I don't really know since my kids never used a pacifier =)

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  4. Ms. Frances.. i am wishing more hospital will these advocacy so that many MOMMY will be more to breastfeed their little ones. Yes! I agree that Support from family is a must !

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  5. The hospital where I gave birth had this advocacy but lacked strong implementation. I ended up breastfeeding my son for only two months because we weren't able to establish proper latching. I pumped breastmilk for 2 months and it reduced my supply. I was so sad about this. I tried so hard but wasn't given the right education on proper latching. I blamed myself. I hope moms-to-be would be better educated moving forward.

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  6. This comment might be late...but I cannot help myself.... I think this policy is harsh and un-democratic. I attended and read a lot about breast feeding when I was pregnant. It is highly recommended. Most mothers would like the best for their babies. Breast milk is ideal but reality is sometimes different. I did not have milk for 3 days after giving birth. I don't know why but it just how it was. Maybe hormonal and I had C section which could delay lactation. Lactation specialist was a frequent visitor in my hospital room. We call the nurses as milk nazis because they are limiting us on bottle feeding my baby. My baby had low blood sugar when he was born due to my gestational diabetes. So he was given formula minutes after he was born. He's also 9 lbs and was a voracious feeder. Anyway, it was stressful at first because of no milk situation. I was pumping at least every 2 hours but nothing. I breastfed often but nothing. I was an idealistic mother. It took me 9 years to have a child and I would like the best for him. However, reality hits and sometimes mother's milk is not enough. When, I and my husband decided to just give up on breastfeeding but still try my best(we agreed another week) to stimulate lactation by continuing latching and pumping, my milk came. After a month of struggling with frequent pumping, my baby became 100 percent breastfed. I breastfed until 13th month. Sometimes, when you pressure women, the more stress and the less milk. Knowing that modern women have choices makes it more joyful to be a parent.

    Regarding rooming in, I was highly encouraged to use the nursery while in the hospital. We just stayed 3 days in the hospital (normal delivery usually just 48 hours). The nurses told me that this is the time to relax. Once you're home you'll be with the baby all the time. We did not regret our decision on putting my baby in the nursery at night in the hospital..

    French women will not be happy with St Luke's policy, for sure. I read Bringing Up Bebe by Pamela Druckerman. Women who did not breastfeed should not feel pressure to do so and should not feel any less than a good mother. it is cruel. Women should be educated, encouraged and supported to breastfeed but not be pressured nor judged.

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    1. Malor, you said, "I did not have milk for 3 days after giving birth. I don't know why but it just how it was. Maybe hormonal and I had C section which could delay lactation."

      Buti ka pa nga 3 days. Ako 5 days! Milk as we know it (meaning it's white and plentiful) really does NOT come in during the first few days after giving birth, and this scares a lot of new moms. Many moms give up breastfeeding because they do not know this! The newborn's tummy is the size of a small berry so the breast only needs to produce DROPS. Kaya mukhang wala kang milk kasi kaunti lang ang kailangan niyang ilabas.

      That's why it's also important that there's a rooming-in policy. When the baby is drinking only drops, obviously mas mabilis siya magugutom. So a mom will need to nurse her baby often, minsan every hour. Si Vito would nurse every 30 minutes!!! Imagine if you had to go to the nursery every 30 minutes! So if a hospital supports breastfeeding, it has to have a rooming-in policy to make it easier for the mother.

      Also, if you read every word of the policy, it said that breastmilk will be fed to newborn unless medically indicated. So for example, since your baby had a condition, of course formula was needed.

      This policy is backed by science. Of course everyone should always have a choice. I will never give up that freedom! But it's also the responsibility of authorities to insist on the best choice. It's like fruits vs candy. Both are sweet and delicious food, and of course you should always have the liberty to choose candy over the fruits (I always choose candy!) but those who know better have a moral obligation to insist on the healthy food, right? This moral obligation does not make them "nazis" (a term that should never be used to describe things that are not Holocaust-related!). It's just like a good mother insisting on what's good and right for her children.

      No one is judging you or making you feel guilty so there is no need to be defensive and upset. No one has the same experience. In an ideal situation, the policy will take effect but there are other measures in place if things don't happen as planned. Like in your case. Your hospital and your nurses gave you their best and you also decided on what's best for you and your baby. In that case, you all did a great job, given the circumstances!

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This is all pretty new to me so please feel free to share your mommy wisdom!