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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.

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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What If My Baby... ?

Babies don’t come with apps. That means you, the new mom, are often trying to figure things out on your own. And [yes, it’s true] not everything goes the way you imagined. What to do?!

Answers to common questions about “What if my baby . . . . .”

  1. Won’t stop crying?
    When it seems like your baby will never stop crying, 20 minutes feels like 20 hours. The truth is, infants normally cry about one to three hours a day. They cry when they’re hungry, tired, thirsty, lonely or in pain. Or, they may just fuss. Call your doctor if prolonged crying off and on lasts for more than a day despite all your best efforts to comfort. Also call if your baby has other symptoms, such as fever.
  2. Won’t breastfeed?
    Breastfeeding isn’t always easy. Up to two-thirds of mothers nursing newborns are unable to manage breast feeding for as long as they intended. The World Health Organization (WHO) and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend breastfeeding only for the first six months. Your hospital has or can recommend a lactation consultant who will help make the transition easier and save you a great deal of frustration.
  3. Wants to be carried all the time?
    You may feel like you need to take care of other things. However, a study reported in Pediatrics magazine cited that six-week-old infants (a peak time in life for crying) cry and fuss 43 percent less overall when mothers spend additional time carrying them. The decrease in crying is associated with an increase in contentment. No matter how frustrated you may become, please do not shake your baby. About 25 percent of shaken babies die, and about 80 percent suffer lifelong disabilities.
  4. Ate something he/she shouldn’t have?
    Babies and young children put a lot of things in their mouth. If you’re not sure what went in, or if you even just suspect that it may not be good, call poison control.
  5. Is having trouble breathing?
    Breathing issues are nothing to delay about. If your baby has difficulty breathing, call 911 or go to the emergency room.
  6. Has a suspicious rash?
    Rashes are one of the most common reasons parents call a doctor. Most blotches and bumps on babies clear up by themselves. Call your doctor if your baby has fever or other unexplained symptoms, if the rash is red or oozes liquid, if the rash seems worse in the skin creases or if there is no improvement after three days of treating at home.