We support breastfeeding your newborn, and recommend you start within one hour of birth. If you choose to breastfeed, we will help you with positioning and assess your newborn’s latch. We will not give your baby formula or a pacifier without your permission or request. To support moms who need or choose to bottle feed their babies, we supply formula in ready-to-feed bottles.
Our staff will help you learn to position and hold your baby, to enhance the bonding experience.
Newborn medications & testing
Vitamin K will be given by injection into the baby’s thigh. This is to help the baby’s liver make clotting proteins. The baby will receive erythromycin eye ointment in both eyes to prevent infection that could cause blindness.
Several newborn screening tests will be done. If these conditions are detected early in a baby’s life, many or all of their complications can be prevented. Tests include:
- A hearing test
- An oxygen test that screens for congenital heart disease
- A bilirubin test to check if your baby has jaundice
- A state mandated newborn screening, known as the PKU, that detects a wide variety of genetic anomalies, such as cystic fibrosis, thyroid and metabolic disorders
Please ask your healthcare provider if you have any questions or concerns.
We support your right to make choices about your newborn’s care. You will be asked to sign an informed consent form to refuse care for each medication or test you do not want your baby to receive.