Breastfeeding Services

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Huntington Baby Breastfeeding Services

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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 have breast pumps if you need one during your hospital stay. Please also refer to your New Beginnings booklet for helpful information about feeding your baby.

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.

Click here to renew your breast pump or scale rental online.

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. 

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

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

Click here to renew your breast pump or scale equipment rental online. [[LINK TO EQUIPMENT RENEWAL PAGE]]

The Breastfeeding Center rents Medela Symphony breast pumps and Medela Baby-Weigh scales.

We also stock a large supply of breast pumps, nursing bras, pads, and other accessories including breastfeeding pillows, swaddle blankets and supplies 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

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