Women’s Services

Breastfeeding Your Baby

Why Breastfeed?

A mother's milk gives your baby the best start in life. It is the ideal nutrition for your baby's first year. Over the years, ideas about breastfeeding have changed in our country. The more we learn, the more we realize that 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
  • Much easier to digest
  • Less constipation/diarrhea
  • Fewer GI infections/distress
  • Fewer bowel diseases

Immunity

  • Less pneumonia
  • Fewer respiratory illnesses
  • Fewer ear infections
  • Less meningitis
  • Fewer urinary tract infections
  • Lower risk of diabetes in children
  • Lower risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
  • Fewer allergies/eczema/asthma

Emotional

  • Baby feels more secure
  • Enhanced bonding

Benefits to Mother:

  • Feel closer to baby
  • Nothing to prepare
  • Less time-consuming
  • Lose pregnancy weight faster
  • Fewer cancers of breast, ovaries, uterus
  • Confident that you are doing the best thing for your baby
  • Saves money

Deciding to Breastfeed

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.

Lactation Center at Lake Health

Lake Health's Lactation Center at TriPoint Medical Center and LakeWest Medical Center provides guidance and answers about breastfeeding for both new and expectant mothers. Located in the Family Birthing Unit of each hospital, the Lactation Center provides:

  • Inpatient education and support
  • 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

For information about these services call:

440-354-1929
Monday through Friday, 8 am to 4:30 pm
or
440-354-1602
Evenings, nights, and weekends

Where to Get Information

Your obstetrician, pediatrician, nurse, or certified lactation consultant can assist you with the educational materials needed to help you make an informed decision. There are also community resources available to you. Listed below are some of the resources available in Lake County.

Lake Health Lactation Center
Phone: 440-354-1929

Lake Health Breastfeeding Classes
Phone: 440-953-6000 or 1-800-454-9800

Breastfeeding Supplies/Pumps
Phone: 440-354-1929

Breastfeeding Helpline
Phone: 440-602-6625

Online Resources Available: