It’s World Breastfeeding Week!

First Born supports all families with their breastfeeding goals; whatever those are. Maybe the goal is breastfeeding for the first day, maybe it’s breastfeeding until 2 years of age and beyond. Whatever your goal or circumstance, First Born is here to support you.

With that said, let’s examine the top reasons for breastfeeding your newborn baby.

  1. Healthier baby – studies show that babies who breastfeed have less doctors’ visits. Colostrum specifically contains immunoglobulins which help protect the baby from disease.
  2. Saves Money – breast milk is free! It’s food on demand and as needed when baby is hungry.
  3. Easily digested – breastmilk is made specifically for your baby, by your body, and is digested easily and quickly by your baby’s digestive system.

Most benefits of breastfeeding center around health for mom and baby. Breastfeeding protects against diarrhea, vomiting, ear infections, and various illness due to immunities passing from mom to baby.

However, First Born also fully recognizes the importance of multiple feeding methods and supporting what is best for the family, whether that is breastfeeding, formula feeding, or some combination thereof.

It is extremely important to recognize factors, such as difficulty initiating and sustaining breastfeeding, an immediate need to return to work, postpartum depression, pain, needing sleep, or whatever life’s circumstances are as valid and real reasons to choose to formula feed over breastfeeding.

First Born will support all goals of the family regarding feeding choices.




We are hiring!

FIRST BORN® PROGRAM HOME VISITOR

The First Born® Program of Los Alamos (FBPLA) is accepting applications for the Home Visitor position.  For program fidelity, strong preference will be given to residents of Los Alamos but applicants with extensive knowledge of and experience in Los Alamos county will be considered.  The Home Visitor provides culturally sensitive, in-home and community visitation services to first time families (prenatal and postpartum) within Los Alamos County. The Home Visitor provides education and support through reflective listening and utilizes research-based First Born curriculum when working with families. The Home Visitor assists families in linking with relevant community resources and completes developmental and other screens as required by program standards.  Local travel is required and all activities must be documented in electronic and paper files. Position is currently part time with flexible hours, but could grow to be full time. Some evening and weekend hours are required.

Please submit cover letter, resume and references to welcome@firstbornla.org by December 15th. However, this position will be filled as soon as possible.