Breastfeeding Services

Life's journey deserves the best possible start.

Huntington Baby Breastfeeding Services

Woman smiling at her breastfeeding baby, holding baby's hand.

The decision to breastfeed or formula-feed your baby is a personal one. We encourage new mothers to learn about the benefits of breastfeeding so they can make an informed decision. Our physicians and nurses work diligently to provide education, support and care to mothers and their babies during your stay and when you go home.

Why Breastfeed?

We believe that breast milk is the best milk, and encourage:

  • Breastfeeding and/or breastmilk over formula
  • Breastfeeding within one hour of delivery
  • Skin-to-skin contact to promote breastfeeding
  • Learning about feeding your newborn

Ultimately, breastfeeding is your choice. While our hospital supplements with formula only when medically necessary, we understand when parents have personal or cultural preferences for formula — and we provide a caring, supportive environment for every mom and baby.

In 2016, Huntington Hospital was designated as a World Health Organization Baby-Friendly®Hospital. This accreditation highlights Huntington Hospital’s commitment to ensuring that all mothers and their newborns receive the support needed to achieve breastfeeding success and the safest start in infant feeding. This designation is considered the gold standard of care and demonstrates our Women’s and Children’s Services commitment to patient and family-centered care.

Nursing your baby is a learned skill for both mother and infant, requiring time and patience. While many women are able to successfully breastfeed soon after delivery, some women need assistance to breastfeed their baby.

Our nurses, lactation educators and international board-certified lactation consultants (IBCLCs) receive at least 32 hours of breastfeeding education along with annual update training. They’re equipped to recognize, prevent and address breastfeeding problems with compassion and patience. They will help ease your transition from hospital to home by answering your questions about breastfeeding and working directly with you. Please call staff whenever you need help with breastfeeding during your stay!

We are not renting breast pumps at this time, due to infection control procedures. Please refer to your New Beginnings booklet for helpful information about feeding your baby. Also our lactation support staff is also available to help families in the neonatal unit, the pediatrics unit, and lactating moms who may be admitted for other medical issues or tests.

The goal of our program is to support new mothers with the techniques they need to accomplish their own breastfeeding goals.

Our Breastfeeding Center is staffed by board-certified lactation consultants who are available to offer advice, counseling, and training in breastfeeding. Located in the hospital, the Breastfeeding Center offers a wide selection of breastfeeding products and serves as a resource to mothers once they are home. Please note we are not currently renting breast pumps for infection control reasons. 

Certified lactation specialists are available to assist you from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except on holidays. Please call for an appointment, (626) 397-3172.

Breastfeeding Support Group

*Due to COVID-19, in-person support groups have been suspended.

Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., except for holidays.

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

Check our Calendar of Events to find the next Breastfeeding Support Group.

Please do not attend if mother or infant is ill (e.g., cold, flu, cough).

Private Lactation Consultations

The Breastfeeding 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. For an outpatient consultation, the fee is $104.00 per hour. Outpatient consultations require an appointment and are not covered by insurance.

Breast Pump and Scale Rentals

COVID-19 NOTE: In compliance with infection prevention protocols, our Breastfeeding Center will not be renting breast pumps at this time. Please check back for more information.

We do stock a large supply of breastfeeding equipment for purchase and we would be happy to assist you in finding the products you need to improve the breastfeeding experience for both mother and baby.

Medela Pump in Style Advanced On-the-Go Tote

Medela Pump in Style Advanced Backpack