Feeding Your Baby

The decision on how to feed your baby is up to you. Experts agree that breastfeeding is best for baby. The American Academy of Pediatrics identifies breastfeeding as the "ideal method of feeding and nurturing infants."

Research shows that human milk for babies provides many advantages regarding general health, growth and development as well as decreasing the risk for certain infections and diseases. Ideally, your baby should eat only breastmilk for the first six months. It is best to continue breastfeeding for at least one year.

Our Lactation Consultants

Whatever feeding method you choose, our International Board Certified Lactation Consultants will help you learn the proper techniques to feed your baby. Our postpartum nurses are specially trained to help you learn proper breastfeeding techniques. Certified lactation consultants are also available for more complex breastfeeding concerns, such as:

  • Breastfeeding twins or triplets
  • Breastfeeding premature babies (less than 37 weeks)
  • Breastfeeding infants with congenital anomaly, neurological impairment or other medical conditions that affect the infant's ability to breastfeed
  • Flat/inverted nipples
  • Breast anatomy concerns
  • History of breast surgery or trauma
  • Ineffective breastfeeding
  • Medication use

Breastfeeding Help

If you have trouble with breastfeeding after you leave the hospital, you can find helpful information on the La Leche League's Web site. You may also call the Le Leche League at 1-800-525-3243 (LALECHE).

You may also contact the International Lactation Consultant Association online.

Breastfeeding Classes at Northwestern Memorial Hospital

Breastfeeding Support at Northwestern Memorial Hospital

For lactating mothers only, The Mother's Milk Group is a weekly support group for breastfeeding mothers of Special Care Nursery babies. For information, call 312-472-3640.