Your caregivers at St. Luke's understand that some women may not be able to breastfeed, or may choose not to breastfeed, for a variety of reasons. But we encourage you to try breastfeeding with an open mind to give your baby a strong start in life.
Lactation specialists and nurses are available every day in our Mother Baby Care Unit. If you are breastfeeding, one of our specialists will visit you at least once to help you get started and answer any questions.
In addition, we offer lactation support after you go home through support groups and classes. You may also call one of the numbers below to speak with one of our lactation specialists.
As you may have discovered, breastfeeding is natural but not automatic. Like any worthwhile endeavor, it takes practice. The first few weeks can be the most challenging, and St. Luke's is committed to helping you and your baby get off to a good start.
All babies cry, some more than others. What can you do? Plan ahead. Learn how to stay calm, check your baby's basic needs, and create a crying plan for when you're feeling overwhelmed.