Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding InfographicOur staff is trained to support you as you learn how to breastfeed. In addition, a lactation consultant is available for private consults during your hospital stay. Breastfeeding is easy, convenient and saves money, and it’s as healthy for you as it is for your baby.

Mothers who breastfeed…

  • Shed extra pounds; it can burn 500 to 700 calories per day
  • Have less risk of developing breast, cervical cancer
  • Have less risk of hemorrhage after giving birth

Babies who are breastfed…

  • Have fewer risks of respiratory and ear infections, meningitis and stomach illnesses
  • Have less risk of developing diabetes, allergies, eczema, colitis and childhood leukemia
  • Have better cognitive development. On average, breastfed babies score 8 to 9 points higher on IQ tests than babies who drink formula

We recognize that some women cannot or may choose not to breast feed. Consult your physician or one of a member of the lactation services team for any questions relating to your decision to breastfeed.

Lactation Support

We are here to assist you any way we can. If you need help or have questions please contact our Lactation Consultant.

Amber Newcomb, RN, IBCLC Clinical Coordinator
Women’s Services Lactation Consultant
919-938-7514 or 919-938-7800

Breastfeeding Class

Like any new skill, breastfeeding takes knowledge and practice to be successful. Pregnant women who learn how to breastfeed are more likely to be successful. The Johnston Health Women’s Services offers a monthly breastfeeding class to teach new parents about breastfeeding and off er them a chance to prepare and ask questions before the baby’s arrival. In this class, parents will learn:

  • Feeding cues and how much a baby needs
  • Skin to skin and how to wake your baby
  • Positioning and latching
  • Going back to work
  • How breastfeeding works and pump education
  • Establishing a good milk supply
  • And more!

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