Human breast milk is the best thing to feed babies. Breastfeeding also supports the health of both
mother and baby. While breastfeeding may be challenging at first, our care and programs
can help mothers succeed.
Why is exclusive breastfeeding
important for you and your baby?
Some benefits for your baby include:
increased protection against respiratory
infections, allergies and bacterial meningitis
lower risk of getting ear and
urinary tract infections
easier digestion (breast milk is easier
on baby’s intestines)
a higher IQ.Lower risk of obesity as a teenager
and as an adult
Some benefits for you include:
a quicker recovery after
reduced risk of post-partum
a better chance of returning to
your pre-pregnancy weight
reduced risk of developing ovarian
and perimenopausal breast cancers
reduced risk of long-term obesity
a more convenient way to feed your
How does the hospital support
The Golden Hour
Studies show that the first hour, the Golden Hour, after a baby’s birth is very
important. This is when parents and babies make crucial bonds. Bonding also
improves a mother’s ability to breastfeed. This is why we ask extended families to visit after the Golden Hour.
Bonding through skin-to-skin contact begins right after
birth. It is important for all babies, whether they will be bottle or breast
Breastfeeding Support and Classes
In the hospital, mothers may ask to meet with a lactation
expert. These specially trained nurses teach the best breastfeeding methods. They
help mothers with babies in the birth center as well as in the neonatal
intensive care unit (NICU). Lactation
department hours are 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. seven days a week.
Our Breastfeeding Basics class is offered three times a
month. To register, call HealthLink at 719-444-CARE or register online https://www.memorialhealthlink.com/default.aspx?AspxAutoDetectCookieSupport=1
If you have trouble breastfeeding after leaving the
hospital, talk to your doctor right away. With a doctor’s order, you may schedule
an appointment with a lactation specialist by calling 719-365-5997.
Many mothers also pump and safely store breast milk for
their baby. There are many types of pumps, including:
We recommend the use of a hospital-grade breast pump. You
may rent or buy a hospital-grade breast pump from Memorial. Ask a lactation
consultant for details at 719-365-5997.
If you don’t pump often, a hand-operated or battery/electric
hand-held pump works well. For frequent pumping, an electric double pump (which
pumps both breasts at the same time) works well. For mothers who pump at work,
good rental choices are:
Donating Breast Milk
Donating breast milk saves lives
Breast milk offers the best nutrition for all newborns. For
premature and sick babies, breast milk is even more important. It supports their
fragile health, growth and development. Some mothers aren’t able to produce
breast milk. They must rely on donated human milk to help their babies thrive.
To learn more about becoming a donor, please call the Mother’s Milk Bank at 877-458-5503.
Donations may be dropped off:
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Monday through Friday
Memorial Hospital Central Birth Center
E. Boulder St., Colorado Springs, CO 80909