To give babies a healthy start to life, Palomar Health encourages breastfeeding for all new mothers throughout their hospital stay, including at night. Safe skin-to-skin contact is encouraged as much as possible.
Healthy newborns will be placed and remain in direct skin to skin contact with mothers immediately after delivery until the first feeding is completed, unless medically deemed unhealthy for the mother or child. An alert healthy newborn is capable of latching onto a breast without specific assistance within the first hour of life.
All breastfeeding mothers are instructed about breastfeeding skills during their hospital stay. You will learn the following:
- How to properly position and latch
- Duration and frequency of feeding
- Understand feeding cues
- Suckling and swallowing for nutrition
- How to use a pump if you desire
- Assess if your baby is adequately nourished
- About milk production and release
To help you in your lactation decisions after you leave the hospital, we offer the following complimentary support groups:
FREE Breastfeeding Support Groups in San Diego North County
Meet with a Lactation Specialist and other new moms and babies to share information and learn new ideas during these weekly group sessions. Pre-registration is not required. For more information, call (858) 613-4053.
Thursdays (except on holidays)
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Education Classroom, Outpatient Pavilion, 15611 Pomerado Road, 1st floor, Poway 92064
Lactation Office: (858) 613-4053
Call 24/7 including holidays and weekends to leave a message for a call back from a lactation consultant. Please leave your name and number, and a lactation consultant will call you as soon as possible: (442) 281-3089 (Escondido) or (858) 613-4053 (Poway).