Breastfeeding Support

Though breastfeeding is considered a natural way to feed a newborn, it may not always come naturally. Both mother and baby may take some time to learn what works best. Continuing a longstanding commitment to caring for women and their families, Northwestern Medicine caregivers provide new mothers with resources and support for breastfeeding, including classes, the most up-to-date educational materials and access to lactation consultants who are internationally board-certified.

Feeding your baby

Deciding how you'll feed your baby is an important choice only you can make. Specialists agree breastfeeding is best for baby. The American Academy of Pediatrics identifies breastfeeding as the "ideal method of feeding and nurturing infants."

Research shows human milk for babies provides many advantages for general health, growth and development. It also decreases the risk for certain infections and diseases. Ideally, your baby should have only breast milk for the first six months. It is best to continue breastfeeding for at least one year.

Breastfeeding Services

During your hospital stay, our trained lactation staff will work with you to ensure you are comfortable with breastfeeding. Our breastfeeding services, classes, and support groups are available for all new mothers.

Feeding at Home

Breastfeeding doesn't always come naturally to mother and baby. Learn some tips and techniques on ways you can increase your breast milk supply while at home.

Management of Sore Nipples

When you first start to breastfeed, some nipple soreness is normal. It's important to understand the causes of nipple soreness, how to prevent it, and how to find relief.

Contact Us

If you have trouble with breastfeeding after you leave the hospital, our specialists are here to help. Contact us if you have any questions.

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