Breastfeeding offers babies the best possible start by bonding mother and newborn, providing the ideal nutrition, and strengthening a baby's immune system against common illnesses, such as diarrhea, ear infections, and pneumonia. Breastfeeding is also known to protect against Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), juvenile diabetes and childhood cancers as well as adult onset conditions including breast and ovarian cancer, anemia and osteoporosis.
The Jean McLaughlin Women's Center for Health and Healing offers lactation consultation with comprehensive counseling, education, support and supplies that enhance a woman's ability to breastfeed her baby. The program augments our inpatient Lactation Services and includes:
Issues addressed include:
Education on technique for all women who wish to breastfeed
Concerns from earlier problems with breastfeeding
Multiple babies and premature babies
Infant confusion, i.e. difficulty latching on, suckling or swallowing
Baby's failure to gain weight
Mother's production of milk
Nipple cracking or soreness
Mother's return to work or school
Physical challenges with mother or child that make breastfeeding difficult
Lactation Consultant Line
760.796.6802 (seven days a week)
Lactation consultants are available by phone to answer non-emergency questions. Leave your pertinent information and a certified lactation consultant will return your call within 24 hours, Monday through Friday.
Outpatient Lactation Support
After leaving the hospital, appointments are available with certified lactation consultants to address problems that may develop, provide instruction on the use of breast pumps, and help develop strategies for breastfeeding when returning to work or school.
Women's Health Connection 858.613.6110
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