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What you need to know

What you need to know



Why Breastfeed?

Breastfeeding is healthy for both mom and baby. Brothers United - Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding and Breastmilk:

Breastfeeding is healthy for both mom and baby.  Breastfeeding provides an infant with the nutrients needed for optimal growth and development and is an important opportunity for bonding. Learn more about breastfeeding and breastmilk including pumping and storing breastmilk, statistics, and returning to work at CDC-Breastfeeding, Office on Women's Health-Breastfeeding,  and the NIH-Breastfeeding and Breast Milk.


Brothers United Promoting Healthy Habits Protecting Our Babies 


The Fathers' Role in Breastfeeding

Once breastfeeding is established, dads can play an important role by giving their baby a bottle of expressed breast milk.  Dads can also help with placing expressed breast milk into breast milk storage bags, or taking care of the pump and supplies. A father's encouragement and support of breastfeeding leads to a successful breastfeeding experience. Learn more at WIC Breastfeeding Support - Dads


Skin-to-Skin Contact: The Magical Hour

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Placing a baby skin-to-skin in the first hour after birth is key for improving health, establishing breastfeeding, and forming a precious bond between mother and newborn baby. The baby is placed directly on the mom's chest after birth and covered with a warm, dry blanket for a minimum of one hour or until the first feeding is completed.

Babies go through nine observable newborn stages after placed skin to skin with their mothers after birth. The first several hours after birth are essential to the baby's physical and psychological wellbeing.

Skin-to-Skin Contact has many great benefits for both mom and baby. Skin-to-Skin Contact is endorsed by many organizations, including the World Health Organization (WHO), the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine (ABM) and the Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP). 

The first hour of life is a special, once-in-a-lifetime experience, and should not be interrupted unless the baby or mom needs medical attention.  Talk to your physician during one of your prenatal visits about Skin-to-Skin and your wish to provide this opportunity to your baby. Talk with the birthing team when you pre-register, tour the facility, or are checking in for delivery about their process to implement skin-to-skin after delivery. Learn more about the benefits and the 9 Stages at The Magical Hour.​   


  1. The birth cry
  2. Relaxation: Starting when the birth cry has stopped.
  3. Awakening: The baby begins moving around 3 minutes after birth.  The baby may open his/her eyes; have some mouth movement and small movements of his/her head and shoulders.
  4. Activity: The baby increases the mouthing and sucking movements; the rooting reflex is noticeable. 
  5. Rest: The baby has periods of rest and activity throughout the first hours after birth.
  6. Crawling: The baby moves around to find mom's breast and nipple.
  7. Familiarization: The baby becomes familiar with the mom by licking the nipple and touching and massaging her breast.
  8. Suckling: The baby self-attaches to mom's nipple and suckles. 
  9. Sleep: The final stage is sleep.  Babies usually fall asleep about 1½ to 2 hours after birth.

Benefits to Babies

  • Temperature regulation
  • Stable heart and respiratory rates
  • Improved oxygen saturation
  • Stable blood glucose
  • Reduced crying
  • Improved sleep
  • Decreased stress
  • Less weight loss / faster weight gain
  • Earlier hospital discharge for preterm babies
  • Enhanced brain development

Benefits to Breastfeeding

  • Baby is more likely to latch onto and latch well to the breast 
  • Baby is more likely to breastfeed exclusively and breastfeed longer  
  • Baby will indicate to his/her mother when ready to eat

Benefits to Mom

  • Decreased stress
  • Improved interaction with baby
  • Improved sensitivity, responsiveness and attachment to baby


A variety of resources, including food and recipes, are listed here to help you learn more about the benefits of breastfeeding. (All links open in a NEW browser window.)

Breast Milk Sensitivity

Food, Recipes and Restaurants

Baby health/food sensitivity

Bob's Red Mill - Provided selections for allergy, soy-free, or vegan most vegan recipes are dairy free.  You can also add in your allergens/ sensitivities and locates suitable recipes under the special interest tab.

Milk and Soy Free Diet for the Breastfeeding Mother


MSPI-Friendly Main Dishes - Pinterest

ShopWell App – Scan or search for an item for allergens/sensitivities.


Food Allergy Versus Food In​tolerance

What Is MSPI

Allergy Eats! The Leading Guide to Allergy-Friendly Restaurant Nationwide 

Kids with Food Allergies includes Recipes and Diet. 


Contact Us:

Please direct question and/or comments to Jackie Moline, BSN, RN at jackie.moline@nebraska.gov.