Long Island Baby - Lactation Services / Breastfeeding

Lactation Services / Breastfeeding (Link to Breast feeding your baby brochure)

• Breastfeeding is a natural process, however most women need assistance and guidance in order to be successful. The Lactation Department employs registered nurses who are Certified Breast Feeding Counselors. These consultants are well educated breastfeeding specialist dedicated to helping mothers successfully breastfeed and bond with their infants, and are available on the mother-baby unit. Our Lactation Department consists of International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLC) on staff who are registered nurses and are available to assist with complex breastfeeding challenges.

• Prenatal breastfeeding class are offered that familiarizes the expectant parents with the process of milk production, the benefits of breastfeeding, how to get the baby latched, how to tell if the baby is getting enough milk and practical steps to achieve a successful start.

• Much has been written about the health benefits a child receives from breastfeeding. Breastmilk boosts the infant’s immune system and decreases the risk for a larger number of acute and chronic conditions including lower incidents of gastro-intestinal problems, ear infections, type 1 and type 2 diabetes, childhood obesity, SIDS and some childhood cancers, as well as higher IQ are just a few that are attributed to breast milk. Research also indicates a shorter length of stay for babies in the NICU secondary to fewer complications resulting from enhanced use of breastmilk.

• Studies have also indicated that breastfeeding can reduce the mother's risk of premenopausal breast cancer, postpartum hemorrhage ovarian cancer and osteoporosis and type 2 diabetes.

• Breastfeeding moms should have a protein source at all meals, at least 3 times per day. Also important to continue taking a prenatal vitamin daily while breastfeeding.

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