Breastfeeding can be one of the most rewarding experiences of a new mother's life. The closeness that comes from skin-to-skin contact with the baby reinforces that emotional bonding that is so important in the first few months of a newborn's life.
While breastfeeding is a healthy way to feed a baby, new mothers often need some guidance. Lactation consultants are specially trained to address questions and concerns. The American Academy of Pediatricians recommends exclusive breastfeeding for about 6 months, with continuation of breastfeeding for 1 year or longer as mutually desired by mother and infant.
St. Vincent's Birmingham's Lactation Services are located near the lobby on the first floor of the Women's and Children's Center. The Women's and Children's Center at St. Vincent's Birmingham is dedicated to the promotion, support and protection of breastfeeding.
The "how-to's" of breastfeeding, common myths and prevention of problems are a few of the topics covered in the class "Breastfeeding..Skills for Success." This class is a part of the "Preparing for Parenthood" series. All classes can be scheduled through Dial-A-Nurse by calling (205) 939-7878 or toll free at (800) 331-6777.
St. Vincent's Birmingham's International Board Certified Lactation Consultants are professionals who provide support to breastfeeding moms and their families. We always encourage husbands, grandparents, and other support persons to participate with mothers in all classes. To schedule an appointment with one of our lactation consultants, please call (205) 939-7538.
St. Vincent's Birmingham is a charter member of the Alabama Breastfeeding Coalition and the Jefferson County BEST organization.
St. Vincent's Birmingham's lactation consultants offer many services in the Women's and Children's Center and throughout the Birmingham community. Some of these services include:
- International Board Certified Lactation Consultants
- Breastfeeding consultations while hospitalized
- Full service outpatient Lactation Center
- Baby "weight check" program
- Private breastfeeding/pumping rooms
- Breastpump rental and supplies
- Breastfeeding Education Programs
- Professional speaking engagements on breastfeeding for schools and other community programs
All classes can be scheduled through Dial-A-Nurse by calling (205) 939-7878 or toll free at (800) 331-6777. To schedule an appointment with one of our lactation consultants at the St. Vincent's Birmingham Women's and Children's Center, please call (205) 939-7538.