Breastfeeding education and support
When it comes to nourishment, it’s important to make the right choice for you and your baby. The right choice is different for each family, and we are here to provide breastfeeding education so you can be comfortable with your decision.
Our experienced nursing staff is specially trained to provide education and support. Our lactation consultants are also available to help you with your questions and plans for feeding. For those who choose to bottle-feed, formula and bottles/nipples are provided during the hospital stay.
Not sure which option is best for you? While we will support whichever decision you make, here are some facts to consider:
Benefits of breastfeeding
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breastfeeding your baby for the first year of life. Breastfed babies have:
- Fewer ear and respiratory infections
- Decreased incidence of allergies
- Better jaw development and teeth formation
- Higher I.Q.’s
- Decreased incidence of high blood pressure and diabetes in adulthood
- Breastfeeding saves more than $1,000 per year in formula costs
- Helps you to get back to your pre-pregnancy shape quicker
Watch our short video with breastfeeding tips to learn about the health benefits of breastfeeding from one of our lactation consultants.
Firelands Regional Medical Center is the only hospital in the area to make the list of Five Star Hospitals in the Ohio First Steps for Healthy Babies program from the Ohio Hospital Association and the Ohio Department of Health.
Lactation services when you need them
Certified Lactation Consultants are available for inpatient and outpatient consultations. A certified lactation consultant provides expert breastfeeding and lactation care. Call 419-557-7596 for all your breastfeeding questions.
We also offer educational classes to assist moms-to-be and new moms with breastfeeding and answer any questions they may have. These courses include:
Breastfeeding basics: The class is designed to teach new parents the benefits of breastfeeding and how to successfully breastfeed their baby. The cost for this course is $10. To register online, visit our events calendar or by calling 419-557-7840. The Foundation for Firelands provides funding to make this program possible.
Breastfeeding Mom-Baby Group: This free clinic is open to the public to assist breastfeeding mothers with breastfeeding questions or concerns and to offer breastfeeding support. Certified lactation consultants are available to address any breastfeeding challenges or questions and weigh infants. Appointments are not required. For additional information, call 419-557-7596.