Lactation Counseling and Support
Recognizing the significant health benefits that breastfeeding provides to mothers and babies, Palos Health supports and advocates for breastfeeding mothers and their infants.
Extensive research in recent years documents diverse and compelling advantages to infants, mothers, families and society from breastfeeding and the use of human milk for infant feeding. These include general health, nutritional, immunological, developmental, psychological, social, economic and environmental benefits.
Learning to Breastfeed
Breastfeeding is a learned skill. Information, assistance and support can help make the breastfeeding experience successful and rewarding. A registered nurse, who also is an International Board Certified lactation counselor or lactation consultant, staffs the Lactation Center at our hospital in Palos Heights, IL.
The lactation counselor or lactation consultant focuses on the needs of the nursing couple and is committed to promoting positive breastfeeding experiences. She provides professional, individualized personal education and support as well as ongoing assistance for establishing and maintaining a successful nursing relationship.
Prior to your delivery, take advantage of our Breastfeeding Basics class and learn about the benefits of breastfeeding, as well as infant positioning techniques, strategies for pumping and more.
After you give birth to your little one,the lactation consultant or counselor will see you during your stay to offer instruction, assistance and guidance as you begin breastfeeding.The consultant or counselor will answer all of your questions as you prepare to take your baby home.
After you and baby go home, Palos Health’s Nursing Mom’s Network offers continued support for those learning to breastfeed. In a nurturing environment, breastfeeding mothers share their experiences and receive ongoing guidance and support from an experienced Maternal Child Health Registered Nurse, Lactation Consultant or Counselor. Babies (newborn to one year old) are welcome.
For additional information about any of our services—or if you need help once you return home—call our Lactation Center at 708-226-5758.