Human milk is the best, most natural way to provide nutrition to your new baby. We want to make your decision to breastfeed your baby the most rewarding experience of your life.
When asked, most moms report they breastfeed for reasons that benefit the baby. While it's undeniable that breastfeeding is good for your baby, there are also many benefits for you!
Benefits to Mom
- Breastfeeding helps to shed pregnancy weight by burning up to 500 calories per day.
- Breastfeeding mothers will experience less vaginal bleeding after delivery. This is because the hormones released while breastfeeding cause the uterus to contract to its normal size much quicker.
- The longer a woman breastfeeds, the greater the protection she receives against breast and ovarian cancer.
- Breastfeeding increases bone density, which decreases chance of osteoporosis.
- Convenience - no bottles to wash, no formula to mix.
- Saves money. Over time, formula can cost $1400 to $4000 per baby depending on the type the baby needs.
- Bonding with baby is FANTASTIC!
Benefits to Baby
- Decreased risk of childhood illnesses and infections
- Decreased risk of childhood leukemia and Hodgkin's lymphoma
- Decreased risk of juvenile diabetes, asthma and eczema
- Decreased risk of obesity and dental cavities
- Increased IQ scores in school-aged children
- Increased visual acuity
- Better oral development, less likely to need braces
- Lower incidence of food allergies, colic, and spitting. Breast milk provides growth factors that mature the baby's digestive system.
Our lactation consultants have specialized training to support breastfeeding mothers and babies and work with your family to encourage an environment that promotes a positive breastfeeding experience. The staff strives to prevent problems that can occur, and then, if necessary, works with you and your new baby to solve any problems that do arise.
View our helpful breastfeeding tips.
Our services include:
Resource for supplies and pump rentals through St. Vincent Medical Equipment store in the hospital's main lobby.