• Breastfeeding Support

  • Why We Support Breastfeeding

    The New Life Center supports your decision to exclusively breastfeed your baby. We will make sure your baby stays with you as much as possible and provide assistance whenever you need help.

    We want you to know that you have all that your baby needs. Colostrum will be available on your baby's birthday. Colostrum is like liquid gold, full of nutrients and immunities that your baby needs. In the beginning, you will only produce a small amount of it because that is all your baby needs, but as your baby needs more - your body will make more. Your milk will come in fully within a few days.

    Breastfeeding support at New Life Birth Center at Avista Adventist Hospital Experts agree that breastfeeding your baby for any length of time, regardless of how short, is of benefit to you and your baby.

    While most health care professionals, including the American Academy of Pediatricians and the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Associates and Practitioners, recommend breastfeeding for your baby's first year, we are committed to supporting your choices about feeding your new baby.

    Benefits of breastfeeding include:

    • Breast milk is natural, economical and convenient.
    • Breast milk is the best source of nutrition for the first six months of life.
    • It contains appropriate amounts of carbohydrates, proteins and fats, and provides digestive enzymes, minerals, vitamins and hormones that infants require.
    • Breast milk contains antibodies that decrease the chance of infection and illness in your newborn.
    • Breastfeeding provides an opportunity for you to nurture your baby through close physical contact.
    • Breastfeeding generally promotes faster recovery for the mother.

    What New Moms Should Know about Breastfeeding

    While breastfeeding is often a positive and rewarding experience for mothers, it may also be challenging or difficult-particularly at first. A breastfeeding mother should continue to take care of her baby and herself as she did during her pregnancy.

    Breastfeeding Classes – Before You Deliver

    Avista Adventist Hospital offers expecting parents a two-part breastfeeding class. The class is taught by an Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). Find a breastfeeding class.

    Breastfeeding Classes – During Your Stay

    Beginning July 1, the New Life Center will offer a MILK @ MOM'S Breastfeeding Class to mothers during their stay at Avista Adventist Hospital. Milk @ Mom’s will be offered every afternoon from 3 p.m. - 4 p.m. Please ask your nurse the location of the class when you sign up to attend. We recommend you attend this optional class prior to your discharge day.

    During the class, the lactation consultant will review the most common concerns you may experience during the first two weeks. We want you to have the tools and confidence to be successful breastfeeding your baby.

    Breastfeeding Consults

    Avista's International Board Certified Lactation Consultants are well recognized as some of the area's best-and are highly sought out even by moms who delivered at a different hospital. As a breastfeeding mother, you have access to our lactation consultants for support and education before your delivery, while in the hospital and after you go home.

    During your stay, a board certified lactation consultant is available for consultation from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.; however, all of our New Life Center nurses are trained to assist with breastfeeding and are available to provide lactation support to you 24 hours a day.

    Breast Pump Rentals

    We rent hospital grade pumps to mothers needing a little extra support for their newborn or returning to work.

    Mother’s Milk Bank

    Do you produce more milk than your baby needs? Did you know that just one ounce of your milk could help feed a micro preemie for an entire day? Many infants have special health needs and require breast milk feedings in order to thrive. The purpose of the Mother’s Milk Bank is to screen, collect, store and dispense human milk, by prescription only, to these little ones. The program is managed by Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center and Avista Adventist Hospital is the local collection site.

    If you have questions, want to schedule a breastfeeding consultation, need to rent a breast pump or are interested in participating in the Mother's Milk Bank please call, 303-673-1088.

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