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Breastfeeding Support

Tenet Health Central Coast is proud that both Twin Cities Community Hospital and Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center are internationally recognized as Baby-Friendly birth facilities by Baby-Friendly USA. This achievement means we are using some of the most effective methods known to help mothers succeed at breastfeeding, such as skin-to-skin contact between mother and newborn. The staff also encourages new families to room-in, meaning that parents and baby remain together in the same room throughout their hospital stay. Both of these practices encourage bonding and improve a baby’s ability to breastfeed. Studies also show that immediate skin-to-skin contact help newborns’ maintain their temperatures better, normalize heart and breathing rates and reduce their likeliness of crying.

Breast milk is the optimal nutrition for newborns, and has many health benefits for both babies and mothers. As a Baby-Friendly hospital, Tenet Health Central Coast is committed to the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding, as outlined by the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative, and provides lactation consultants to offer breastfeeding mothers the information, confidence and skills needed to successfully initiate and continue breastfeeding their babies.

Lactation Services

Certified lactation consultants visit each mother-baby couplet daily during their stay at the hospital. These one-on-one visits provide individualized support and encouragement to help establish breastfeeding early-on and continue a successful breastfeeding experience at home.

If additional breastfeeding support is needed once a family has gone home, outpatient lactation services are available at the Twin Cities Lactation Clinic (whether you delivered at Twin Cities or elsewhere). Together, you and a lactation consultant will address any nursing problems or concerns in a private and nurturing environment. The lactation consultant will be able to tell you how much milk your baby is getting, evaluate your breastfeeding technique, help alleviate pain and provide guidance. Fathers, grandparents and other family members and/or support persons are welcome to attend with you. Please do not feed your baby for 90-minutes prior to your appointment in order to allow for a complete evaluation.

The Twin Cities Outpatient Lactation Clinic is located on the 3rd floor in the Birth & Baby Center, but you must register in the Outpatient Diagnostic Center located on the 1st floor of the main hospital through Driveway A. Please arrive 15-minutes before your scheduled appointment to complete paperwork. Breastfeeding Support Line

If you have questions about breastfeeding or would like to talk to a lactation consultant about our lactation clinic, feel free to call the Twin Cities Breastfeeding Support Line at (805) 434-4644 or the Sierra Vista Breastfeeding Support Line at (805) 546-7939. Messages will be returned in a timely manner.

Building Villages: A Newborn & Parent Support Group

Building Villages meets weekly to provide social interaction, support, practical information, along with breastfeeding support for mothers. Bring your baby and meet other families as you learn from their experiences, share your adventures and gather helpful information to assist you in parenting. A scale will be available for weight checks.

Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center
Every Thursday 11am – 12pm
2nd Floor, Mother Baby Waiting Room
1010 Murray Ave • San Luis Obispo
No registration required, drop-ins welcome.
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Newborn & Parent Support Groups (NAPS)

Join us for a casual, weekly support group for babies and parents – all are welcome! We’ll check weights, talk about your baby’s health and milestones and facilitate discussion among parents. A certified lactation consultant will also be available to answer questions.

Twin Cities Community Hospital
Every Monday 9:30am-11am
3rd Floor Waiting Room
1100 Las Tablas Road ◦ Templeton
No registration required, drop-ins welcome.

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Newborn Crying

The first cries of a newborn baby are often music to the ears of parents. However, over the next weeks and months, this "music" can become grating and painful. This is especially true when all attempts fail to stop the crying.

Facts About Crying

  • Surprisingly, crying does not produce tears until after the first month or two.
  • Crying is the way babies communicate.
  • abies cry because of hunger, discomfort, frustration, fatigue and even loneliness.
  • Sometimes, cries can easily be answered with food or a diaper change.
  • Other times, it can be a mystery and crying stops as quickly as it begins.
You will soon learn differences in cries, from a cry of "I'm hungry" to "I've been overstimulated." It is important to respond to your baby's cries. Contrary to old wives' tales, young babies cannot be spoiled by being picked up when crying. Being held is reassuring and comforting when a baby cannot express him/herself any other way.

Some techniques to help console a crying baby include the following:
  • Take care of physical problems first – hunger, diaper change, burping, cooling, or warming the baby
  • Walk with baby in a sling or in a stroller
  • Rock your baby in a rhythmic, gentle motion
  • Try a baby swing or rocking cradle
  • Gently pat or stroke on the back or chest
  • Swaddling the baby
  • Go for a ride in the car
  • Turn on some white noise (such as a washing machine or vacuum cleaner)
  • Make "shushing" sounds for the baby
  • Offer a pacifier (or nurse)
No matter how frustrated you may become, NEVER SHAKE A BABY. This can cause severe injury to the baby's fragile brain. If you become angry or frustrated, allow someone else to take over for a while. If you are alone, put the baby down in a safe place, such as the crib, and go to another room for a few moments. This will give you time to collect yourself. Then you can return to your baby and try a different way to comfort your baby