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UnityPoint Clinic Urgent Care - Sunnybrook

5885 Sunnybrook Drive
Sioux City, IA 51106

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Baby Weigh Clinic

Our Baby Weigh Clinic is open to breastfeeding and formula feeding families to check your baby's weight. The clinic is located on the hospital's 3rd floor and is open every Monday and Thursday from 2 pm to 5 pm for walk-ins or by appointment. The clinic is closed on holidays and will be open 2 pm to 5 pm the following day. 

There is no charge for this service.

Precautions are in place to ensure the safety of our patients and team members. Please check in as a visitor at the front desk and make your way to the Baby Weigh Clinic. Masking is required, and only baby and parents are allowed at this time - siblings will not be permitted.

Breastfeeding FAQ's

Common questions mothers have during the first two weeks of breastfeeding

Call 712-279-3329 to schedule a private consultation!

What's the most important thing about breastfeeding?

The latch. Set yourself up for success by getting into a comfortable position and bring baby to you. It's important to get baby to stretch out their mouth and and reach. Their top lip should be up and bottom lip down. Also, keep in mind that you should be feeling a tug, not a pinch.

Remember: the more you nurse, the more milk you make!

How often do babies need to eat?

Babies need to eat every 2-3 hours or 8-12 times in 24 hours.

How do I know if baby is getting enough milk to eat?

A baby's tummy only holds about 1/4 of a teaspoon at first and grows as your milk comes in. At first, they're getting what is called colostrum. Colostrum is the first stage of breast milk. It's much thicker than the milk that is produced later in breastfeeding. You may only hear a couple of swallows at first, because baby is learning to suck, swallow and breathe.

Ways to know that your baby is getting enough to eat is if they are content between feedings and if they are making wet and dirty diapers. As your milk comes in, they should have 5-6 dirty diapers and 4-6 wet diapers in 24 hours.

TIP: Sometimes baby will get sleepy during a feeding, but taking their clothes off will help keep them awake.

How long should one feeding be?

One feeding is 10 to 20 minutes per side. 

What if the breasts become engorged?

Heating the breasts before feeding will help move the milk down into the ducts. Massaging will also help with this. If that doesn't work, you can express some milk by hand or use a breast pump. 

What is power pumping?

Pumping for 10 minutes and stopping for 10 minutes for 3 rounds. That tells your body that baby ate and rested and it helps increase your milk supply.