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Breastfeeding

Breast milk has all the nutrients your baby needs to grow healthy and strong.

  • Breast milk is nutritious and easy to digest.
  • Breast milk can help prevent infections.
  • Breastfed babies are less likely to develop some chronic health conditions, like asthma and diabetes.

Before your baby is born, talk to your doctor about breastfeeding. After the baby is born, ask to speak with a lactation specialist (a person specially trained to help breastfeeding moms) while you recover in the hospital.

It’s recommended that you start breastfeeding as soon as you and your baby are stable (usually within the first one to two hours after birth).

You Can Do It!

Breastfeeding may be challenging at first, but don’t give up. Breastfeeding help is available. Contact the hospital where you plan to deliver to find out if they have a lactation consultant (a person specially trained to help breastfeeding moms). A lactation consultant can answer your breastfeeding questions before your baby is born and meet with you after you deliver to share breastfeeding tips and additional information.

You can also call our Baby Partners line at 215-967-4690 (TTY 1-877-454-8477) to request a doula (a specially trained caregiver) to come to your home and assist you with breastfeeding.