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 board-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 board-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.
The Breastfeeding Center
10 W. Martin Ave, Suite 202
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.
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.
The Affordable Care Act (2010) requires most health insurance plans to cover the cost of a breast pump as part of women’s preventative health services. Every insurance plan may have different requirements for this benefit so we recommend during your pregnancy to contact your insurance company and determine your benefits for covering the cost of your breast pump.
Personal, electric pumps are ideal for mothers returning to work full time, or for those who want a fast and easy pumping experience.
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.