Breastfeeding has been shown to have many medical benefits for both baby and mom. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the American Academy of Family Physicians recommend that babies are breastfed or receive expressed breast milk exclusively for the first six months of life.

While many new moms intend to breastfeed, it’s not easy. Research suggests that two-thirds of new mothers are unable to follow through with it. If you decide to breastfeed, the lactation support team at Edward-Elmhurst Health is committed to helping you succeed — starting with breastfeeding support during pregnancy until well after your baby is born.

Preparing for breastfeeding during pregnancy

Edward-Elmhurst nurses are trained in lactation support, with some also certified as lactation counselors. Plus, we offer internationally board-certified lactation consultants (IBCLC) for outpatient pre-birth consultation and breast assessments.

Both Edward and Elmhurst hospitals also offer prenatal breastfeeding classes to teach you the basics of breastfeeding, including positioning techniques, proper latch-on, and how to protect your milk supply. You will learn how to recognize hunger cues, how to tell if your baby is getting enough, and what to do for common breastfeeding problems. Sign up for a prenatal breastfeeding class.

Starting breastfeeding after your baby is born

Our mother-baby nurses are specially trained to assist you — day and night — as you start breastfeeding. Our lactation consultants can also come to your room to assist with any breastfeeding difficulties, answer your questions, and offer proper techniques to help get you and your baby off to a great start. If there is a medical need to pump breast milk for your baby, a hospital grade pump is available for use in the hospital. Your nurse will instruct you in the correct use of the pump.

Breastfeeding support once you’re home

A member of the lactation team will contact you to see if you have any questions or concerns. We also offer a breastfeeding support group, led by an IBCLC or a certified breastfeeding counselor.

If you have any difficulties with breastfeeding, you can call or schedule an appointment at our Breastfeeding Center for a complete breastfeeding evaluation. If you plan to return to work, you can make an appointment four to six weeks beforehand to learn convenient and effective ways to continue breastfeeding while working.

Breastfeeding support is open to moms in the community, even if you didn’t have your baby at Edward or Elmhurst hospitals. Call 630-527-3238 (Edward) or 331-221-5433 (Elmhurst) for more information or to make an appointment.

Breastfeeding supplies

Our goal is to provide you with the services and products that enable you to continue breastfeeding for as long as you want. Our hospitals rent and sell breast pumps and breastfeeding accessories.

Personal, electric pumps are ideal for mothers returning to work full time, or for those who want a fast and easy pumping experience. Learn more about the breast pumps available for purchase at the Breastfeeding Center at Edward Hospital:

Purely Yours Breast Pump

This model includes Purely Yours Breast Pump, Dual HygieniKit Milk Collection System and AC power adapter. For single user, daily use. HygieniKit is without BPA or DEHP.

Purely Yours Breast Pump with Carry All

This model includes Purely Yours Breast Pump with Carry All tote, Dual HygieniKit Milk Collection System, Cool ‘n Carry Tote with (3) cooling elements, breast milk storage guidelines, (6) 4 oz. bottles with lock-tight sealing lids and AC Power Adapter. For single user, daily use. HygieniKit is without BPA or DEHP.

Purely Yours Ultra Breast Pump

This model includes Purely Yours Ultra Breast Pump with ultra suede/faux leather tote, Dual HygieniKit Milk Collection System, (2) 30.5 mm CustomFit Flanges and 28.5 mm inserts, Cool ‘n Carry Tote with (3) cooling elements, breast milk storage guidelines, (6) 4 oz. bottles with lock-tight sealing lids, One-Hand Breast Pump Adapter , AC Power Adapter and Car Adapter. For single user, daily use. HygieniKit is without BPA or DEHP.

Other breastfeeding supplies available at Edward’s Breastfeeding Center include:

Custom breast flanges

Available in Large/Medium (30.5mm flange/28.5mm insert) or XXL/XL (36.0mm flange/32.5mm insert). Every mother needs a good breast flange fit for greater comfort and better milk flow. These larger flanges with special reducing inserts that create an “in-between” size are designed to work with all Ameda HygieniKit Milk Collection Systems and breast pumps.

Flexishield areola stimulators

Gentle massaging action, softens the feel of the breast flange, reduces standard 25.0 mm flange size to 21.0 mm for maximum effectiveness for smaller nipples. Without BPA or DEHP.

ComfortGel hydrogel pads

Provide cool, soothing relief for mothers experiencing nipple pain or trauma associated with breastfeeding. Each pad may last up to 6 days. Includes 1 pair in each package.

NoShow premium disposable nursing pads

These 30 ct. or 50 ct. disposable nursing pads are most absorbent when compared to other premium brands. Triangular shape discreetly fits neatly and stays inside almost any bra style.

Store’N Pour Freezer Bags Getting Started Kit

Includes 20 storage bags, 2 flange adapters) or 40 Count Refill Pack (includes 40 storage bags). Moms can pump directly into bags with unique flange adapter. No tape or twist ties needed. Bags close easily and securely and help prevent spills during milk transfer. Pre-sterilized, without BPA or DEHP, freezer safe.

Breastfeeding Accessory Kit

Contains the key essentials for any breast pumping mother: (20) Storage Bags, (2) Flange Adapters, (10) NoShow Premium Disposable Nursing Pads, (4) Breast Milk Storage Bottles with lock-tight sealing lids, Breast Milk Storage Guidelines, Breast Milk Reference and Product Guide.

Storage bottles

Ameda Breast Milk Storage Bottles (4 pack) with lock-tight sealing lids and universal threads are compatible with all Ameda breast pumps and most other brands. They safely store 4 oz/120 mL of breast milk. Dishwasher and freezer safe.

Silicone diaphragms

Silicone diaphragms (Retail 2 pack)

Breast Pump Valves

Breast Pump Valves (Retail 2 pack)

Contact a lactation consultant

Our lactation consultants are available to answer your questions, at 630-527-3238 for Edward Hospital, or at 331-221-5433 for Elmhurst Hospital.