Whether you’re in a hospital, birth center, or your own home it’s important to keep your baby in your room with you as much as possible for your first few postpartum days–provided everyone is healthy. Some of the most reputable organizations, including the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine, American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommend rooming in and recent research shows that limiting the amount of time mother and baby stay together can negatively affect the breastfeeding experience. And because your baby should breastfeed approximately nine to twelve times in a twenty-four-hour period, rooming in also happens to be convenient. Your body responds better emotionally and physically to your baby’s needs when close by.
Moms who room in tend to:
-Produce milk sooner
-Producer larger volumes of milk
-Breastfeed for a longer period
Babies who room in tend to:
-Have a lower chance of developing jaundice
-Cry less often and are more easily consoled
-Gain weight more steadily
Baby Nurse Tip: If for health reasons you and your baby cannot room in together, be sure to have the nurse bring your baby to you for regular feedings at least every three hours or speak to a nurse or lactation consultant about pumping and expression feeding if baby can not be taken out of the nursery. This will help ensure a long, successful breastfeeding experience with your baby once you’re home.