Disclosure: This post is part our series in observance of World Breastfeeding Week and is sponsored by Woman’s Hospital.
Breastfeeding Support for Every Mom
Deciding to breastfeed is one of the best decisions you can make for your baby; however, once you leave the hospital, you might feel panicked and bit overwhelmed. After all, you and your baby are both still learning how to breastfeed! Learning with your baby as the two of you bond through breastfeeding can be surprising, interesting, and even sometimes challenging. When it gets tough, it’s important to remember that you’re not alone. Many other moms face the same challenges, so take comfort in knowing that it’s nothing you can’t handle with a little help and a lot of support.
Woman’s Hospital is here to help you overcome your breastfeeding woes through our many different resources:
- Breastfeeding Classes: Making the decision to breastfeed should happen before your baby arrives. Ensuring that you’re prepared and ready once baby comes can be made easier by taking a prenatal class. To meet your needs and provide resources that fit your schedule, Woman’s offers both an in-person and on-line class.
- Breastfeeding Support Group: Woman’s breastfeeding support group meets twice a month and is designed to help mom and baby learn from a certified lactation consultant, along with other moms about their own successes and challenges. This group is the only one of its kind in the area and open to all moms to provide new ideas and techniques to improve breastfeeding outcomes. Click here for upcoming meeting dates.
- Woman’s Warmline: Woman’s Breastfeeding Warmline provides free lactation consultation and troubleshooting over the phone from a certified lactation consultant. This service is available by calling 225-924-8239. For after-hours or emergencies, call 225-924-8286.
- Around the Clock Certified Lactation Consultants: Our staff understands the difficulty that may come with your decision to breastfeed and is eager to help you become successful. To do so, we have a certified lactation consultant on staff 24/7. An in-person consultation can be scheduled by calling 225-924-8239.
- BreastTime Virtual Consultations: If you need assistance with breastfeeding, but don’t have time to leave home, Woman’s offers private, virtual breastfeeding appointments with our lactation nurses in the convenience of your own home via your smart phone, laptop, or tablet. Consultations can be scheduled online at womans.org/BreastTime.
- Pregnancy App Tools: Woman’s Pregnancy app features plenty of helpful information as well as a breastfeeding and breast pumping log to help get you started and keep you on track. The app is available for free in the Apple App or Google Play Store.
As your baby grows, your breastfeeding needs will change, as will the way your body reacts to the process. Continuing education is important to be prepared for and understand these changes, so don’t be afraid to ask questions and ask for help. Every baby and every mom is different, but Woman’s is here to provide the resources and support you need. Don’t ever forget, you’re not alone and you can do this!
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About Woman’s Hospital
Woman’s Hospital is one of the first specialty hospitals for women and infants. Since opening in 1968, it has welcomed more than 300,000 babies, making it one of the largest delivery services in the country and the largest in Louisiana. Additionally, Woman’s operates the highest-level neonatal intensive care unit in the state and cares for infants who are extremely premature, are critically ill or require surgical intervention. The hospital is also recognized for its expertise in mammography as well as breast and gynecologic cancer care. As a private, nonprofit organization, all funds are reinvested into the hospital to continue Woman’s mission to improve the health of women and infants through the latest technology, a highly qualified staff and critical community programs and services. For more information, visit www.womans.org.