Every mom and baby should feel comfortable while breastfeeding, which is why our 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.
Benefits of Breastfeeding
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 breastfeed. Consult your physician or one of a member of the lactation services team for any questions relating to your decision to breastfeed.
Lactation Support Services
We are here to assist you any way we can. At Johnston Health you’ll find internationally board-certified lactation consultants (IBCLC) and breastfeeding educators to assist you with breastfeeding needs. These lactation consultants are also registered nurses with specialized training to assist with both routine and specialized breastfeeding situations.
In addition to providing nursing infants and their mothers with consistent and accurate breastfeeding education and outreach through our lactation specialists and breastfeeding educators, our Women’s Services offers:
- Breastfeeding Classes
- Telephone support to assist with breastfeeding questions before or after your stay at Jonhnston Health: 919-585-8137
- Johnston Health Breastfeeding Support Group: Local moms are invited to attend this free support group for an opportunity to meet and speak with other breastfeeding moms in the area. This unique opportunity allows for a supportive environment to ask questions and share your experiences. Led by a lactation counselor, mothers can discuss breastfeeding topics, ask questions and receive help with breastfeeding. This drop in meeting is available from 10am-12pm on the first and third Tuesdays of each month at our Clayton hospital. We will have nursing pillows, relevant books and handouts, and shared toys for siblings, who are welcome to attend as well.