• Breastfeeding Support

  • Why We Support Breastfeeding

    • 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.

    Experts agree that breastfeeding your baby for any length of time, regardless of how short, is of benefit to you and your baby.

    Breastfeeding support at New Life Birth Center at Avista Adventist Hospital

    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.

    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

    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 Consults

    Avista's IBCLC 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. Consultants are available for breastfeeding support seven days a week either by phone or for personal one-on-one appointments. 

    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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