Littleton Regional Healthcare Lactation Services is committed to providing ongoing education, support and encouragement with breastfeeding. Our beliefs align with the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the World Health Organization and the International Lactation Consutant Association, that breastfeeding is the very best form of nutrition for all infants. Our teaching is consistent with their guidelines. We know that breastfeeding contributes to the reduction of diseases and common illnesses in infants. Also there are many longterm health benefits for women who choose to breastfeed.
What are Certified Lactation Consultants?
Certified Lactation Consultants are healthcare professionals with specialized education and experience in the field of breastfeeding and human lactation. Lactation Consultants work to prevent and solve breastfeeding problems and to encourage a cultural and social environment that supports breastfeeding families. A Lactation Consultant will work with a breastfeeding mother and baby to achieve the goals that the mother herself sets for breastfeeding.
Why See a Lactation Consultant?
- To become informed about breastfeeding techniques and milk production before your baby arrives
- If you had difficulty nursing a previous baby
- If you have flat or inverted nipples
- If you had breast surgery including reduction or augmentation
- If you are engorged
- If you have sore nipples
- If your baby is not gaining weight appropriately
- If you suspect you have an insufficient milk supply
- If your baby has difficulty latching
- If you had twins or your baby arrived earlier than 37 weeks
- If you need information about pumping and storage of milk
Free Lactation Services
- Breastfeeding class included in childbirth education series
- Phone consultations
- Hospital consultations for breastfeeding difficulties
- Weekly mother's support group - "Baby's Morning Out"
- Supplemental lactation devices if needed for more complicated lactation situations
Currently, Littleton Regional Healthcare employs two International Board Certified Lactation Consultants: Emily Kelly APRN and Kelly Manson RNC. The Sauter Birthing Suite also has Certified Lactation Counselors on the Nursing staff. These nurses have completed a five day intensive lactation course and assist with support of the breastfeeding mother.
There is no question that breast milk is the best food a newborn baby can receive. The first few days of life are a crucial time of breastfeeding for a new mother and baby. The newborn actively seeks out nourishment for the first time, and the mother learns to handle and position her baby as he nurses at the breast. In the first few days of life the baby receives a substance called colostrum which is the earliest form of breast milk. Colostrum contains very powerful immunological properties that help protect newborns against infection. Colostrum also both coats the intestinal tract and acts as a laxative to help newborns have their first bowel movements of meconium.
In most instances, when a newborn nurses about every 2 hours in the first few days of life, breastfeeding and a breast milk supply becomes established with little difficulty. Sometimes, due to circumstances, the new breastfeeding pair needs more help. In these instances, trained lactation providers can be essential to help breastfeeding get underway and to help the new mother establish a robust milk supply.
Littleton Regional Healthcare offers just such valuable help to mothers through its Lactation Services Program. With the help of a supportive maternity staff, the hospital offers professional, comforting support to breastfeeding mothers and babies during the critical newborn period. As difficult as breastfeeding can seem to some mothers in the early days, the process usually becomes much easier, with a little help, by the end of the first few weeks.
If a breastfeeding mother is having a hard time once at home, she is encouraged to return for assistance. A meeting can be scheduled using the 444-9335 telephone number and she can meet with the lactation consultant for a 'tune-up'. Once breastfeeding is established, many mothers can easily nurse their babies for as long as they like.
The American Academy of Pediatrics has a goal for women to breastfeed for al least 6 months. Healthy People 2020 also shares the goal of breastfeeding as the standard for newborns. We healthcare providers at Littleton Regional Healthcare will do everything that we can to help mothers and babies achieve this outcome.
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