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Preparing to breastfeed?

If you're planning to breastfeed your new baby, having a Breastfeeding Plan can help. Missed the first part of this series? Click here!

In the hospital, you can:

  • Bring someone to be with you while you're in labor.
  • Tell your nurses, doctors or midwife that you are planning to breastfeed.
  • Keep your baby skin to skin, next to your heart, as soon as possible after birth.
  • Watch your baby find your breast and start breastfeeding.
  • Hold your baby close to see your face. Babies love to look at faces!
  • Ask for help if you're having trouble breastfeeding.

Have questions ahead of your hospital stay? Contact Health Sciences District Lactation Services at 816.404.0474 or contact Lakewood Hospital at 816.404.8260.

There is one more series of steps to help you get ready to breastfeed your baby. Click here to learn more.

Both campuses of Truman Medical Center are designated Baby-Friendly hospitals.

Labor of Love app

Truman Medical Centers/University Health's Labor of Love app offers anytime, anywhere education powered by YoMingo®, a program designed to give you convenient access to valuable information. It includes the tools and support you need at every stage of your healthcare journey and beyond.

Download the app