Breastfeeding Center

Our Breastfeeding Center offers women an encouraging, supportive, and informative environment in which to learn more about breastfeeding. We are staffed by certified lactation consultants who are available to offer advice, counseling and training in all aspects of breastfeeding.

For most new mothers and their babies, breastfeeding is a rewarding and beneficial experience. Numerous studies have indicated that breastfed infants tend to experience fewer illnesses, are less likely to develop allergies, and have a lower incidence of diabetes than their bottle-fed counterparts. Besides the health benefits provided to a newborn, breastfeeding is less expensive, and often more convenient, than bottle-feeding.

Please call the Breastfeeding Center with any questions or to schedule on-on-one appointments (626) 397-3172.

You can also contact the Perinatal Health Education group with questions about parenting classes (626) 397-8768.

Breastfeeding Support Group & Consultation

Breastfeeding Support Group

The Breastfeeding Center hosts an ongoing free support group for breastfeeding mothers and their infants. Here, under the supervision of a lactation specialist, mothers meet to share encouragement and support for their decision to breastfeed.

Any breastfeeding mother and her infant may attend these no-cost meetings, provided both are free of communicable illnesses (i.e. cold, flu, cough, etc.). Due to safety considerations, infants are permitted to attend only until they are able to crawl. The group meets every Thursday morning from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., except for holidays.

One-on-One Consultations

In addition to sponsoring the breastfeeding support group, the Center provides one-on-one consultations for nursing mothers. Our lactation consultants can provide advice on nutrition, breast pumps, weaning and various other breastfeeding issues.

Mothers receiving inpatient maternity care at Huntington Hospital may enjoy a private consultation free of charge.

For an outpatient consultation, the fee is $100.00 per hour. Outpatient consultations require an appointment.

Breastfeeding Accessories

For a variety of reasons, some women experience difficulties when breastfeeding. For these women, breast pumps and other breastfeeding accessories can ease the discomfort or complications that result from inadequate milk supply, engorged or infected breasts, flat or sore nipples, or other special circumstances. The Breastfeeding Center stocks a large supply of breast pumps, such as the Medela Pump in Style, adapter kits, breast cups, nursing bras, pads, pillows and other accessories that can help improve the breastfeeding experience for both mother and baby.

Rent a Pump

The Center also rents, by appointment, state-of-the-art electric breast pumps, such as the Medela Classic, Medela Lactina Select or the Medela Symphony. Certified lactation specialists are available to assist you from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except on holidays.

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