At Alton Memorial Hospital, our nurses and lactation consultants are well-trained to assist new moms with breastfeeding. We will help you initiate breastfeeding shortly after delivery and provide techniques to encourage milk production and can offer access to hospital-grade pumps and other breastfeeding tools, such as lanolin and syringes, to help with feedings. Our goal is to educate and support you, giving you the best start and chance for continued, long-term breastfeeding success. Our patient support and education paired with our moms’ dedication to breastfeeding has resulted in Alton Memorial having nationally high exclusive breastfeeding rates at hospital discharge.
Lactation Support at Home
The guidance you receive in the hospital will hopefully help you as you transition to breastfeeding at home. However, once you return home, you may notice some dramatic changes in your breasts and your baby’s feeding behavior. You’ll both go through an adjustment period during those first few days and weeks as you work to find your rhythm.
If you’re struggling or are concerned about your baby’s intake, we are a continued support, as well as your pediatrician and Ob/Gyn. Please reach out for more guidance so you can overcome those challenges. Rely on your friends, family and baby’s pediatrician for ongoing support and encouragement as well.
How you feed your baby is your decision, so choose what’s best for you and your family.
Benefits of Breastfeeding and Breastmilk
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), breastfeeding is one of the most effective ways to ensure child health and survival. In fact, breastfeeding has many benefits, for both babies and moms:
- Breast milk contains antibodies that can protect infants from bacterial and viral infections.
- Breastfed babies have stronger immune systems, fewer colds and ear infections, and less gastrointestinal issues. These benefits last into childhood and adulthood.
- Research indicates that women who breastfeed may have lower rates of certain breast and ovarian cancers and a reduced risk for postpartum depression.
Breastfeeding Basics Class
Our Breastfeeding Basics Class equips participants with valuable information to support successful breastfeeding, including basic techniques and preparation for return to work and pumping. To take our Breastfeeding Basic class, register online or call 855.200.6643.