12 March 2009

How hospitals can encourage breastfeeding

Give new moms gowns with nursing openings, you flipping idiots.

I've only delivered in one hospital that offered this totally obvious necessity. If your hospital gown doesn't have nursing openings, you have to unsnap it at the shoulder to get at the goods. This is nearly impossible to do while you're holding the baby, painful when you're all beat up (strange how one injury can be so broadly incapacitating), and also leaves you completely exposed for the feeding. I know this doesn't bother some people because they email out pictures of themselves doing it. Whatev, man. But I hate it. So I always have to bring my own nursing pjs and wear a hospital gown over them backwards so that every friend who comes to visit and janitor who comes for my trash doesn't get an eyeful. Sheesh.

9 comments:

Glenda said...

At least once or twice I wore two, one forwards and one backwards. It provided enough coverage, although now my memory fails to me as to exactly *how* it worked. I just remembered it did.

MooreMama said...

My mom bought a bunch of cotton button down nightgown/housedresses for my sister when she had her baby. Then, my sister brought them to me in the hospital when I had Callie. They were much nicer (thicker) than the hospital gowns and the best thing that anyone brought to the hospital for me. :)

(We looked and looked for nursing gowns in our town, but could only even find two styles of nursing bras...)

Ewe said...

I guess I should consider myself blessed because both of the hospitals that I delivered at had nursing gowns. I had no idea this was a problem.

But, I could have done without the nurse that said, "This is your second baby, right? I never breastfed my babies, so you probably know more about breastfeeding than I do." She left the room and I was never offered any more help with breastfeeding him.

Joy said...

I've had it both ways. Much easier with the openings. I'll gladly get theirs stained and save mine for home.

Gauntlets said...

Why can't I put a "stay out" sign on my door? How badly do they need my blood, really? Especially at 5 a.m.?

Hospitals, man . . .

MooreMama said...

Gauntlets - I made DH stay in the hospital with me. He made a great Guard. :) "You need something?" (see bouncer face here) "She's feeding the baby. Come back later."

Joy said...

With this last baby I was awake for 24 hours before birth, and a good 14 hours after the birth because she was born at 6:30 a.m. When night came, I begged the nurse not to disturb me, but she said legally she had to check on me every 2 hours.

Pam said...

I have had nursing hospital gowns, and I find them uncomfortable. Plus, for me anyway, they didn't cover enough either. So I bring along my cotton knit nursing nightgown from Motherwear, and my bathrobe. Works for me. (I also wear a light support knit nursing sport bra underneath, which I got at Motherhood, and wear for the first days at home when there is little distinction between awake and asleep.)

As for being disturbed, yeah, once we get through the delivery and know all is okay, I can't wait to get home to a comfortable bed and a house that's quiet at night. If I'm already awake baby with the at 5am, I don't mind a blood draw. But I am telling you it never fails, after a sleepless night, 5am has tended to be right after the baby has FINALLY fallen into a deep sleep and so have I. But I have been able to fall back to a 1-2 hour nap before it's time to order breakfast. Can't miss ordering those meals I didn't have to prepare, right? LOL

agnusdei1996 said...

I always bring my own gown; I won't even wear theirs for the delivery! (I have an old gown I keep just for birth) I think theirs had nursing access, but when the whole thing is falling off your shoulders. . .