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Breastfeeding Support

Board-Certified Lactation Consultants

The Memorial Hermann team of skilled and knowledgeable internationally board-certified lactation consultants (IBCLC) provides a full spectrum of services to help mothers with questions regarding lactation, before birth, during and after your hospital stay.  Since every ounce counts, our IBCLC team provides coverage for all patients and works hard to offer the support you need when you need it.

Our in-house lactation consultants are available to offer advice and instruction before delivery and during your hospital stay. Before delivery we offer regularly scheduled classes about breastfeeding.

During your stay with us, we offer bedside consultations. If you have questions related to breastfeeding or need help beginning and maintaining lactation, we have experts to assist you during your hospital stay. We also have staff on hand for moms with infants in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).

Benefits of Breastfeeding

Research shows that breastfeeding benefits both babies and their moms. It reduces your child's risk for developing many types of infections and helps you recover from the stress of pregnancy, labor and delivery.

Outpatient Retail Lactation Centers and Breast Pump Rental Sites

Some Memorial Hermann facilities offer support after you leave the hospital on an outpatient basis as well as breast pump rentals.  

Women's Memorial Hermann Memorial City Hospital
Honeysuckle Boutique

Women's Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital
Breastfeeding Center

Women's Center at Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital
Outpatient Lactation Center

Memorial Hermann Katy*
Memorial Hermann Southwest*
Memorial Hermann Sugar Land*

*Breast pump rentals and outpatient consults only

Tips to Encourage Breastfeeding

Skin-to-Skin

Skin-to-skin contact means the naked newborn is placed in direct contact with mom's or dad's bare chest immediately after delivery. The baby will be wiped dry and placed skin to skin on parent's chest and covered with a warm blanket.  The routine care and observation that parent and baby need can be provided while the baby remains on parent's chest.  The weight and length measurements can wait until the end of the first hour.  Visitors should be instructed to expect to wait an hour or more to see the baby after delivery allowing time for parent(s) and baby to get to know each other.

Infants placed in skin-to-skin contact stay warmer, cry less, breathe easier, maintain higher and more stable blood sugar levels and have a lower level of stress hormones.  Mothers whose infants have been kept skin to skin learn to recognize their baby's feeding cues.  Maternal confidence and bonding is also enhanced.

Newborns crave skin-to-skin contact and have an innate ability to latch on to the breast and breastfeed for the first time much sooner when this type of transitioning occurs. Mothers who hold their baby skin-to-skin after birth are more likely to make greater amounts of breast milk, have less engorgement, breastfeed longer and breastfeed without offering formula supplement.  

Benefits of holding your baby Skin-to-Skin:

Babies:

  • Are happier, calmer and cry less
  • Stay warmer
  • Have higher blood sugar levels
  • Are protected by some of your good bacteria
  • Have more stable heart, respiratory and oxygen rates
  • Breastfeed better, which helps them be healthier, with less risk:
    • Decrease in ear infections by 50 percent
    • Decrease in asthma by 27 percent
    • Decrease in diabetes by 39 percent
    • Decrease in childhood leukemia by 29 percent
    • Decrease in sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) by 36 percent

Mothers:

  • Bond more with your baby
  • Gain confidence and satisfaction from caring for your baby
  • Learn when your baby is getting hungry
  • Breastfeed more easily and make more breast milk. Breastfeeding is good for moms too. It helps you bleed less and lose weight
    • Decrease in breast cancer by 28 percent
    • Decrease in ovarian cancer by 21 percent
    • Decrease in diabetes by 12 percent

24-Hour Rooming-in

There are many advantages to keeping infants in the same room as their parent(s). Babies are sensitive to too much noise, light and handling. In mom's room, baby is only exposed to his/her family and a few care providers. Baby is comforted by familiar voices, touches and smells. Finally, families get to know baby faster and can respond to the immediate needs of the newborn infant as only the mother and family can. This time is important in preparing new parents for what to expect at home with their infants.  

Infants, who stay in their mother's room continuously, cry less and sleep better than infants that are sent to the nursery.  Mothers who keep their babies in the room surprisingly report feeling more rested than mothers who send their babies to the nursery at night.

Rooming-in allows mothers to more quickly learn feeding cues, avoid artificial nipples and provides more opportunities to learn breastfeeding -- leading to early and plentiful establishment of milk supply.