After your baby is born, you will spend some time with him or her on your chest, skin-to-skin. This close contact allows for bonding and warmth, and encourages your baby to start breastfeeding. Your health care provider can help you and your baby learn to breastfeed and you may have help from friends or family in the early days. But where do you turn when the initial rush of support dies down? The HealthyFamilies BC website has lots of answers to your breastfeeding and parenting questions in the new Pregnancy and Parenting resource section. One of the exciting new tools is the Breastfeeding Buddy online tool.
This interactive resource provides helpful breastfeeding tips and tools. It includes four sections: (1) pregnancy; (2) first days; (3) first weeks; and (4) six months and beyond. The tools help you keep track of:
- Baby’s sleep pattern
- Diaper changes
- Milk expression
- Alternate feeding
As you enter your information, your Breastfeeding Buddy will log it into daily, weekly, and monthly summaries so you can see how your baby is developing his or her own schedule. A frequently asked questions section also covers everything from common concerns, to how to take care of yourself, to returning to work. The Breastfeeding Buddy includes links to breastfeeding support within your community.
The Breastfeeding Buddy, developed in collaboration with Perinatal Services, BCIT and BC Women’s Hospital and Health Centre, is designed to help you with breastfeeding your newborn, baby, and toddler. It’s part of an extensive HealthyFamilies BC resource that was created to help you make healthy choices for you and your growing family.