Breastfeeding – the easiest thing in the world?
In most cases yes, but sometimes things don’t quite go to plan. The onset of milk production can have a strong emotional impact on the new mother, and the sudden demands on her sensitive nipples should not be underestimated either…
We attach great importance to breastfeeding advice
Breastfeeding has many health benefits for both mother and child. At the birthing centre, we ensure that you receive good advice from the very start and encourage you to try breastfeeding and overcome any initial difficulties you may be having. Once you have got the hang of it, it is indeed the simplest, healthiest and most practical thing in the world!
Quite apart from that, Swiss paediatricians advise mothers to breastfeed exclusively for six months and to wait until the seventh month to start giving solid foods. In fact, the experts from the World Health Organization (WHO) recommend breastfeeding for two years. And an important consideration in terms of health prevention is that breastfeeding reduces the risk of breast cancer.
How we promote breastfeeding
- Your baby will search for your breast for the first time after the birth. Skin to skin, nestled in your arms and enveloped in your body’s unique scent, your baby begins to search for your breast. The valuable colostrum, the first milk your breasts produce, contains proteins, enzymes, vitamins, minerals, growth factors, amino acids and antibodies just like the milk produced later, but some of these substances are present in higher proportions. The antibodies in the milk protect the child against disease. They also protect the newborn’s stomach and prevent the absorption of disease-causing organisms.
- The first few hours: whenever possible, we enable you to spend the first two hours in peace in the birthing room.
- A relationship of trust: thanks to our well-equipped family rooms, your child remains by your side at all times after the birth (known as “rooming-in”).
- At the onset of milk production, we are on hand to assist with advice, relieve sore nipples and provide cooling quark compresses.
- We give you tips on helpful breastfeeding positions throughout the postnatal period. Breastfeeding is entirely possible even if you have inverted nipples.
We already discuss the topic of breastfeeding during the antenatal check-ups so that you can familiarise yourself with the advantages of breastfeeding and ask questions.
A baby-friendly hospital
UNICEF Switzerland awards the Baby-Friendly Hospital quality label to hospitals that meet the quality criteria of the UNICEF and WHO Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI).
At Geburtshaus Zürcher Oberland, we have been implementing the 10 Steps to Successful Breastfeeding since we were founded, but do not have an official certification from UNICEF Switzerland. For us, the promotion of a strong bond between mother and child – and therefore also breastfeeding – is evidently a core part of any birthing centre’s activities and does not require external certification.