The decision to breastfeed is yours alone. The best way to make this decision is to educate yourself about the benefits, the techniques and the support available to you should you choose to breastfeed your child.
A mother’s milk gives your baby the best start in life and is the ideal nutrition for your baby’s first year. The more we learn, the more we find that a mother’s milk is far superior to formula for an infant’s nutrition. In fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that infants be breastfed for the first full year of life.
It is rare that a mother is medically unable to breastfeed. With motivation, support and confidence, almost any mother should be able to breastfeed.
Benefits for baby:
Digestive/GI tract wellness
Fewer GI infections/distress
Fewer bowel diseases
Lower risk of pneumonia
Fewer respiratory illnesses
Fewer ear infections
Lower risk of meningitis
Fewer urinary tract infections
Lower risk of diabetes in children
Lower risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
Baby feels more secure
Benefits for mom:
Feel closer to baby
Lose pregnancy weight faster
Fewer cancers of breast, ovaries, uterus
Confidence that you are doing the best thing for your baby
Our Lactation Centers at UH TriPoint Medical Center and UH Lake West Medical Center provides guidance and answers about breastfeeding for both new and expectant mothers. Located in the Family Birthing Center of each hospital, our lactation centers provide:
Support while you’re in the hospital after giving birth
Breastfeeding classes (there is a small fee)
Outpatient visits with a certified lactation consultant (there is a small fee)
Breastfeeding support group
FREE telephone consultation 24 hours a day with a skilled nurse or certified lactation consultant
Sales/rentals of Medela breast pumps and supplies
TriPoint and Lake West medical centers have been recognized as Designated Baby-Friendly birth facilities. This initiative distinguishes birthing centers and hospitals that take extra steps to encourage, educate and support breastfeeding moms. We’re here to help moms succeed at breastfeeding.
Your obstetrician, pediatrician, nurse or certified lactation consultant can help you make an informed decision about breastfeeding. There are also community resources available to you in Lake County: