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Through breastfeeding, you can give your baby the ideal food while reducing his or her risk of developing a number of infections and other conditions. Breastfeeding can also help you bond with your baby, recover from the stress of pregnancy and much more. That is why the American Academy of Pediatrics identifies breastfeeding as the ideal method of feeding and nurturing infants.
Expectant mothers have many questions about breastfeeding their new babies; after all, breastfeeding is a learned skill. At Loyola, we are happy to help you with:
Breastfeeding benefits you and your baby in many ways, physically as well as emotionally. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breastfeeding for the first year of a baby's life.
The class covers:
- Health benefits of breastfeeding
- Body changes during breastfeeding
- How to breastfeed
- Common breastfeeding problems and their remedies
- Use of breast pumps
- Breast milk storage
- Continuing breastfeeding while working outside the home
Recommended during last trimester of pregnancy. One two hour session. Taught by an Internationally Board-Certified Lactation Consultant.
Class fee includes a breastfeeding book.
Breastfeeding is a learned skill and it requires practice and guidance. At Loyola, you can get free guidance from an internationally board-certified lactation consultant, who will visit you during your hospital stay.
What will the lactation consultant do?
The lactation consultant, a registered nurse, will assess you and your baby's feeding style and assist with education and problem solving.
Who can see a lactation consultant?
The lactation service provides educational and clinical services to any in-patient pregnant or nursing mother who desires help. This includes breastfeeding mothers whose infants are receiving neonatal intensive care.
How can I access this service?
Families are seen in the hospital on the maternity/newborn units and by appointment in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. If you would like to speak to a lactation consultant:
Call 888-LUHS-888 from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday and ask for the Birth Center. One of our lactation consultants will return your call.
Often a little bit of coaching goes a long way. That is the idea behind our free help line for breastfeeding mothers.
Any pregnant or nursing mother who needs information about breastfeeding can call with questions for our experienced, internationally board-certified lactation consultants.
How does it work?
Call 888-LUHS-888 and ask for our Birth Center. Leave a message and one of our registered nurse/lactation consultants will return your call.