Helping Families Have a Successful Breastfeeding Experience
How Can Breastfeeding Benefit Mother and Baby
Research on infant breastfeeding continues to uncover more evidence on the benefits of breastfeeding for both the infant and the mother. Breastfeeding will help decrease your baby’s chance of long-term diseases including diabetes, certain types of cancers and obesity. Breast milk is uniquely made to meet the specific health needs of your infant, especially for infants who are premature or have health challenges. Mothers also benefit from breastfeeding, including a decreased risk of breast cancer and osteoporosis.
How Often Should You Nurse?
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, a baby should be breastfed 8-12 times every 24 hours to establish a good milk supply, and to provide the baby with adequate nourishment. It is also recommended that breastfeeding continues for at least 12 months of the infant’s life. The World Health Organization recommends continued breastfeeding for two or more years.
Support During Your Stay and After You Go Home
The Lactation Service at Akron General Medical Center consists of five internationally board certified lactation consultants. Our lactation consultants are available while you are in the hospital and after discharge to help you feel comfortable with and knowledgeable about breastfeeding. Lactation consulting hours vary by day, and include some evenings and weekends. We are happy to help you and your baby get off to a good breastfeeding start. During your hospital stay, please let your nurse know if you are interested in seeing a lactation consultant. If you would like consultation after you and your baby go home, please call our lactation specialists at 330-344-5705.
Breastfeeding Support Groups
Akron General’s lactation specialists want to assist you and your family in having a happy and successful breastfeeding experience. If you are planning to breastfeed, be sure to learn more about upcoming breastfeeding classes and more at various Akron General locations.
Enjoy 20% off Medela maternity and nursing intimate apparel, breast pumps and accessories at the Akron General Visiting Nurse Service Equipment & Supplies store, located in Akron General's Main Lobby. Use the code "Welcome Baby." Fitting rooms and trained staff are on-hand. Call 330-344-4VNS (4867) for information.
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