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Taking your baby home for the first time is a big transition for everyone in the family. The first few days can be challenging but be patient with yourself and remember you've got this, and we've got you.

Postpartum Care

To take care of your baby, you have to take care of yourself. Here are a few of our postpartum recovery tips.

Ice Ice Baby

To relieve swelling and discomfort, ice your perineum every couple of hours for the first 24-hours post-birth. Also, a peri bottle is great for rinsing your perineum with warm water.

Practical Panties

You have enough things to think about after you bring your baby home. Ruining your favorite pair of lingerie or stretchy pants shouldn't be one of them. Purchase a package of postpartum underwear to help catch bleeding, which can happen 1-6 weeks after delivering.

Easing Aches

Feel like you just ran a marathon? Well, having a baby is pretty close. If you're achy from pushing, it is normal! Taking acetaminophen or using a heating pad can help.

Keep Things Moving

Do not be alarmed if you experience constipation after giving birth. Drinking fluids, eating plenty of fiber-rich foods, going for walks, and using gentle stool softeners for bowel movements will all help you to stay regular. Walks will also help boost your mood and energy levels!

Why Am I Crying (Again)?

Hormones and lack of sleep can trigger a jumble of powerful emotions, including feelings of emptiness or sadness. Postpartum depression isn't a character flaw or weakness. 1 in 8 women experience it. However, if you are experiencing intense hopelessness or anxiety for more than two weeks postpartum, please reach out to your provider.

Give Yourself Some Grace

You did it! You navigated a lot over the past several months, and in turn, experienced one of life's greatest miracles. You deserve to give yourself some grace. Relish the sweet moments with your little one. Fill your camera roll with baby pictures. Never feel guilty about taking a nap. There will be good days and hard days, but never forget what a wonderful parent you are!

Lactation Services

Breastfeeding can be difficult. Both physically and emotionally. Our dedicated lactation consultant is here to make it all a little bit easier and increase the chances of you and your baby having a positive breastfeeding experience.

Lactation consultants are medical professionals certified in helping moms navigate any issues surrounding breastfeeding. All of the moms who deliver at Mountain View Hospital have access to our lactation consultant. They can help you with any concerns you may have around milk supply, baby refusing your breast, sore nipples, nursing positions and more. You can visit with our lactation consultant while you are in the hospital and schedule follow up appointments if needed.

For additional services related to breastfeeding or lactation, visit the Idaho Breastfeeding Coalition for laws, resources, and support material for returning or first-time mothers. You'll find support resources pertaining to each of the seven districts throughout the state.

Resources included:

  • Public Health Breastfeeding Program
  • Mom-to-Mom Support
  • Hospital Based Support
  • Independent Consultants
  • Breastfeeding Friendly Businesses
  • Art and Photography

Resources Available Here