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.
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
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.
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
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.