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Breastfeeding

BreastfeedingBreastfeeding has positive health benefits for moms and infants. As a participant in a nationally recognized breastfeeding program, Women’s Hospital is pleased to offer the full range of breastfeeding support, services and resources to our moms who are considering or choosing to breastfeed. Our Breastfeeding Consultation Services help you and your baby every step of the way, so you have a successful, meaningful breastfeeding experience. 

Why Breastfeed?

For moms and babies alike, breastfeeding has health benefits. Breastfeeding gives your baby the very best nourishment, and may protect your baby against certain diseases, too.

Your breast milk is rich in nutrients and antibodies, and changes as your baby grows. Also, for most babies, and in particular premature babies, breast milk may be easier to digest than formula. Finally, the cells, hormones and antibodies in breast milk offer protection against certain illnesses and diseases, too.

In addition to the loving relationship you develop while breastfeeding, many moms say life is a bit easier and less costly when you breastfeed. Breastfeeding can enhance bonding time with your newborn, make you feel calmer, and may offer health benefits against diabetes, some cancers and postpartum depression as well.

Baby-Friendly Designation

Women’s Hospital has achieved Baby-Friendly designation via the Best Fed Beginnings program. This designation supports new moms who choose breastfeeding. Our breastfeeding program provides our moms with access to the World Health Organization’s “Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding,” which is endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics among many others.

Breastfeeding Consultation Services

Breastfeeding is a very special time for you, your baby and your family. Our Breastfeeding Consultation Services at Women’s Hospital help you and your baby have a successful, meaningful breastfeeding experience.

Our Certified Lactation Consultants offer a number of programs and educational services during your pregnancy, while you are staying at the hospital, and even after your return home. We welcome you to contact our consultants with any questions you may have concerning breastfeeding.

To learn more or set up an in-person or telephone consultation with our Certified Lactation Consultant, call (336) 832-6860. Consultations are available prior to birth and throughout your breastfeeding experience.

Inpatient Breastfeeding Services

During your stay, our International Board-Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs), who are registered nurses, will visit you to answer your questions, give you extra help and monitor your baby’s progress with breastfeeding.

If your baby is in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, our Lactation Consultants will assist you with establishing lactation while your baby is receiving medical care. Once your baby is able to start feeding from the breast, our consultants will be available to assist you and your baby.

Outpatient Breastfeeding Consultation

After being discharged from the hospital, if you require additional assistance with breastfeeding, contact a Lactation Consultant at (336) 832-6860. We will set up an outpatient appointment at Women’s Hospital for you, your baby, and if you like, your support person. We will file your insurance.

Additional Breastfeeding Resources

Women's Hospital offers these additional resources to help you on your path to a successful breastfeeding experience.

Every Woman's Place Boutique

Every Woman's Place

This retail boutique located at Women's Hospital offers breast pumps, nursing bras and other breastfeeding supplies.  Learn More