The American Hospital of Paris Maternity will support you whether you choose to bottle-feed or breastfeed your baby.
Whatever you decide, we do our utmost to ensure that you and your baby have a bonding relationship.
Benefits of breastfeeding
Breastfeeding is a natural way to feed your baby. To breastfeed, you need to be in a comfortable, relaxed position and trust yourself and your newborn. By breastfeeding, you provide your baby what they need, when they need it.
While waiting for your milk to come in, you will produce colostrum, which meets all of your baby’s immediate needs. Your milk will come in around three days following the birth, and your breasts will be slightly swollen and uncomfortable for 24 to 48 hours. On that day, take a hot shower after breastfeeding if possible, and drain your milk in the shower. Before and after feeding, clean the nipple area with water. To avoid cracking, dry the skin around the nipples after each feeding. Remember to drink at least 2 liters of water daily. Don’t hesitate to ask our nursing staff for advice and assistance, especially when you are first learning how to breastfeed.
The father or partner also plays an important role by providing support to the new mother and/or gathering helpful information.
The milk you give your baby is perfectly adapted to his or her needs and creates an opportunity for mother-baby bonding through a “dialogue of the senses.”