Maternity Care

Breastfeeding

Our lactation consultants and maternity nurses support the American Academy of Pediatrics policy on breastfeeding…

Breastfeeding and human milk are the normative standards for infant feeding and nutrition. The American Academy of Pediatrics reaffirms its recommendation of exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months, followed by continued breastfeeding as complementary foods (solid foods) are introduced, with continuation of breastfeeding for 1 year or longer as mutually desired by mother and infant.

To reach our lactation consultants seven days a week, call 508-422-2960. If you leave a message, your call will be returned within 24 hours. If you prefer to e-mail, our e-mail address is lactationconsultants@milreg.org.

The birth of your baby is a very exciting time for you and your family. There are many decisions you will make during your pregnancy and after your baby is born, and possibly none more important than deciding which form of nutrition is best for your baby. Our staff in The Maternity Center is here to assist you and provide information and support during this joyful stage of your life.

Breastfeeding is one of the most natural and beneficial acts a mother can do for her baby. It can impact the present and future health of your baby. Learning to breastfeed can be difficult for some mothers and may require patience and practice. The good news is that it will get easier, and support for breastfeeding mothers is available. To prepare for breastfeeding, the most important thing you can do is have confidence in yourself that you can do it. Some mothers desire to pump their breastmilk instead of breastfeeding. We will educate those mothers on building a full milk supply.

  Benefits of Breastfeeding Support Groups
  Skin to Skin Care Frequently Asked Questions
  Our Lactation Consultants Resources

Benefits of Breastfeeding

Remarkable health benefits have been proven to pass from mother to child through breastmilk. From antibodies which protect an infant at birth…to the exclusive nutrients in breastmilk which have been shown to prevent a number of childhood diseases…the benefits are numerous.

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Skin to Skin Care

Skin to Skin (also called Kangaroo Care) is a special way of holding a baby skin to skin and chest to chest right after birth. Skin to skin contact provides a comforting, nurturing touch so your baby is relaxed and adjusts to life without stress. Skin to Skin unites you with your baby, and lets both of you develop strong bonds with each other. At Milford Regional we recommend this for all mothers and babies. During Skin to Skin, your baby will instinctively look for your breast for his/her first feeding. To read more about Skin to Skin care, click here.

Our Lactation Consultants

Milford Regional has several International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs) on staff to assist and support breastfeeding families. This group has received numerous breastfeeding achievement awards from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health recognizing their skills and commitment to providing the best possible breastfeeding care to nursing mothers and their newborns. They were also recognized by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners and the International Lactation Consultant Association for excellence in comprehensive breastfeeding care. This international award places them among the best worldwide.

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Milford Regional’s lactation consultants pictured left to right: Julie Naya, Laura Fantini, Susan DiMario, Kimberley Sullivan, Sharon Pellerin and Rose Galimi, nurse manager, maternity

Our lactation consultants are available during pregnancy to provide information on breastfeeding. For any specific concerns (unusually shaped nipples, a history of breast surgery, a previous failed breastfeeding experience…), we recommend that you call to speak or meet with a lactation consultant by 34 weeks of pregnancy. You can reach a lactation consultant by calling 508-422-2960.

A breastfeeding class is available to help expectant parents develop an understanding of the basic principles of breastfeeding. For more information on this class click here or call 508-422-2756.

 

 

Support Groups

Milford Regional offers two support groups that provide a valuable service to you following discharge from The Maternity Center.

Breastfeeding is Beautiful is a free support group for breastfeeding moms and their babies. Topics include coping with myths, surviving the early weeks of breastfeeding, night feedings and combining breastfeeding and returning to work. The nurturing environment offers an opportunity for breastfeeding women to support and encourage each other. The group is lead by a lactation consultant. For more information click here or call 508-422-2960.

Mother Talk Group is for mothers of infants from newborn to eight months and provides an opportunity for moms to discuss their feelings, concerns and share ideas about mothering. Topics of interest may include the introduction of solid foods or when to call a doctor. For more information click here, or call 508-473-1190 ext. 5076.

Frequently Asked Questions

Resources

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