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The University of Chicago Medicine - The Family Birth Center

Breastfeeding Your Newborn

Your breast milk is the most natural form of nourishment for your baby. Breastfeeding offers many health benefits for babies and mothers, and helps sustain the bond initially formed during pregnancy. Our team of lactation consultants can help you and your newborn get a healthy start to breastfeeding — even before you give birth.

At the Family Birth Center, lactation experts are readily available for your convenience during your hospital stay. Our team, which offers the same guidance as that of private lactation consultants, helps you:

  • Recognize and follow your baby's feeding cues
  • Find comfortable feeding positions for you and your baby
  • Learn to help your baby latch on
  • Learn to manage your breast pump
  • Learn to manage breastfeeding difficulties for baby and mother
  • Understand how your diet affects nutrients in your breast milk

Ongoing Lactation Support

At the Family Birth Center, breastfeeding support continues beyond your hospital stay. Our lactation consultants remain accessible to answer your questions by phone. We also offer a weekly support group for breastfeeding moms. New members are always welcome.

Get a Head Start with Breastfeeding

If you're pregnant, we encourage you to start learning early by taking a breastfeeding class with our lactation experts.