Learning to feed your baby is a skill developed through patience and practice. For some women, breastfeeding may be more difficult especially if there are health reasons for you or your baby. In addition to the support resources shared here, we have certified lactation consultants that can answer your questions and support you throughout your experience at Gritman and after your baby is home.
Breastfeeding support classes are offered for new moms and those looking for a refresher on breastfeeding. Please contact Gritman Family Birth Center at 208-883-2289 | [email protected] for current class openings.
Lactation describes the secretion of milk from the mammary glands and the period of time that a mother lactates to feed her young. A lactation consultant or specialist is often a nurse who has been trained to teach and advise women about breastfeeding. Lactation consultants may be associated with birth units in hospitals.
Lactation consultants are often most helpful for women who:
Why use a breast pump? Using a breast pump is a good way to provide the benefits of breastfeeding when you have to be away from your baby. Pumping will help keep up your milk supply. It also prevents the discomfort of your breasts getting too full of milk.
You can also use a breast pump to slowly reduce your milk supply if you have to stop breastfeeding.
How to use a breast pump Pumping milk with a breast pump will probably take 10 to 20 minutes for each breast, but it may take longer. To keep your milk supply up, try to pump at least every 3 to 4 hours, and breastfeed as often as you can.
This content is being presented for informative purposes only. If you or any other person has a medical concern, you should consult with your health care provider or seek other professional medical treatment. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor, go to the emergency department, or call 911 immediately. See more on breastfeeding