Breastfeeding gets newborns off to a great nutritional start and is a beautiful bonding time for mother and child. Our Birthing Center’s staff and lactation specialists are eager to assist new parents as they embark on this special experience unique to motherhood.
Our programs encourage breastfeeding as the preferred method of feeding for newborns and infants. Since 2003, we have earned the Texas 10 Step Program Award from the Department of State Health Services and the Texas Hospital Association for our support of breastfeeding mothers, and we are recognized as a Texas Mother-Friendly Worksite for offering flexibility and accessibility for our breastfeeding employees.
To nourish sick or premature newborns, CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital - New Braunfels is a milk-collection site, where mothers can donate surplus breast milk to the Mother's Milk Bank at Austin. This donated milk helps fragile babies thrive in our own NICU, as well as across Texas and the United States.
CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital-New Braunfels is part of the and also serves as a Mothers' Milk Bank of Austin collection site.
To better serve mothers and newborns, CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital-New Braunfels offers breastfeeding consultation. This service is offered by appointment based upon the baby's feeding times. The program is open Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. by appointment only. Please call 830-643-6193 to schedule an appointment or to return a breast pump.
Consultation fees are $60.00 for the first hour, pro-rated in quarterly increments. No insurance billing is available. A payment plan is offered.
CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital-New Braunfels is part of the Texas 10 Step Program and also serves as a Mothers' Milk Bank of Austin collection site.
Contact a lactation consultant immediately if you experience pain or have questions. Reasons for consultation include:
- Low infant weight gain
- Sore nipples
- Increasing milk supply
- Breast infections
- Returning to work while breastfeeding and any other breastfeeding challenges
Texas 10 Step Program
The Texas Hospital Association and the Department of State Health Services collaborated to create the Texas 10 Step Facility Program, designed to improve the health of Texas mothers and infants by promoting breastfeeding. Since 2003,CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital - New Braunfels has received the Texas 10 Step Facility Program certification.
The ten steps are:
- Breastfeeding is the preferred method of newborn and infant feeding, and human milk is the optimum form of newborn and infant nutrition; all interventions and care plans should protect breastfeeding as a valuable resource. This policy should be communicated to applicable staff upon employment and on an ongoing basis.
- Employees who care for newborns and infants should receive breastfeeding training within 6 months of employment, with updates provided on a regular basis.
- Staff should present breastfeeding as the feeding method of choice to all mothers. Facilities offering prenatal classes should include information about the benefits and management of breastfeeding, and how mothers can maintain lactation even when separated from their newborns.
- Mothers and newborns are encouraged to breastfeed within 1 hour of birth, with 30 minutes being the ideal. The policy should address alternations to this time frame for mothers delivering by Cesarean section or with complications.
- Mothers should be shown how to breastfeeding and maintain lactation, even if separated from their newborns. Breastfeeding should be assessed within 6 hours of birth and once per shift.
- Newborns should be given supplementary formula only if specifically ordered by the physician for a clinical condition or upon parental request.
- Mother and newborns should be encouraged to remain together day and night, except for periods of up to 1 hours for medical procedures or if separation is medically indicated.
- Mothers should be encouraged to breastfeed their newborns without restriction.
- The use of artificial nipples and pacifiers should be discouraged for newborns without medical complications who are able to breastfeed.
- Mothers should have access to support for breastfeeding following discharge such as telephone follow-up, lactation visits, in-home visitation, telephone hotlines, mother-to-mother groups meetings and referral to community support groups.
Framed Texas 10 Step certificates are displayed in the hospital lobby as well as at the Birthing Center.
Awards and Accredidations
CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital - New Braunfels has received the IBCLC Care Award from the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners and the International Lactation Consultant Association. All of our lactation consultants are certified by the International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). These groups have recognized our accomplishments as a facility that hires International Board Certified Lactation Consultants and has a dedicated lactation program, an initiative that protects, promotes, and supports breastfeeding and provides breastfeeding training for staff. Click here for a video on the importance of this award.
CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital - New Braunfels is proud to be internationally recognized as a Baby-Friendly birth facility by Baby-Friendly USA, Inc. This prestigious international award recognizes birth facilities that offer breastfeeding mothers the information, confidence, and skills needed to successfully initiate and continue breastfeeding their babies.
Mother's Milk Bank of Austin
The Mothers' Milk Bank of Austin screens, pasteurizes, and tests donated milk before it is dispensed by a doctor's prescription to hospitalized premature and ill babies and sick babies at home.
CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital - New Braunfels is a milk collection site serving the Mother's Milk Bank of Austin. Healthy mothers who are breastfeeding their own baby and have an abundant milk supply may donate their surplus breast milk to the depot. Volunteers donate without reimbursement to help save fragile infants. Thirty-eight donors have given 26,713 ounces of breast milk at this site since it was established. Donated milk in New Braunfels goes to babies in Texas, including the CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Children's Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and to other locations in the United States to provide a safe alternative when mom's own milk is not available.
Call for 830.606.9111 extension 6193 or 830.643.6190 for more information or to make an appointment to drop off milk.