Find the support you need to provide your baby with proper nutrients to grow and develop. Learn to breastfeed your baby with the help of a lactation consultant at Caldwell UNC Health Care.
Feeding Your Baby
The decision to breastfeed is a personal choice. Know your options for feeding your baby and make an informed choice about breastfeeding or bottle feeding with formula.
Benefits of Breastfeeding
Explore the benefits of breastfeeding your baby. Research shows that breastfeeding is a complete source of nutrition for most infants. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, breastfeeding lowers your baby’s risk for infant health problems, including:
- Breathing problems and respiratory illnesses
- Diarrhea and upset stomach
- Ear infections
- Urinary tract infection
Breastfeeding benefits you because it can help speed up your recovery from childbirth and decrease postpartum bleeding. It also can reduce the risk of breast and ovarian cancers.
You also might work with our qualified nursing staff to enjoy a successful breastfeeding experience.
Practices that Support Breastfeeding
Lean on us for encouragement and breastfeeding guidance. We’ll help make your decision to nurse your newborn go smoothly by:
- Showing you how to breastfeed
- Helping you start breastfeeding within one hour of birth
- Practicing “rooming in”—allowing you to stay in the same hospital room with your newborn
- You also might work with our qualified nursing staff to enjoy a successful breastfeeding experience.
Learn about healthy habits for breastfeeding mothers.
Support Before & After Birth
Reach out for breastfeeding support before and after childbirth. If you want to learn the basics of breastfeeding before your newborn arrives, attend our Childbirth class.
Ask for lactation support during your hospital stay or call 828-757-5376 for help after you go home. Get advice for common breastfeeding concerns, such as: