Breastfeeding Support at the Family Birth Center
For most new mothers and their babies, breastfeeding is a rewarding and beneficial experience. Numerous studies have indicated that breastfed infants tend to experience fewer illnesses, are less likely to develop allergies, and have a lower incidence of diabetes than their bottle-fed counterparts. In addition to these health benefits, breastfeeding is less expensive, and often more convenient, than bottle-feeding.
Most new mothers, however, have many questions or even doubts about breastfeeding. Our Family Birth Center offers women an encouraging, supportive, and informative environment in which to learn more about breastfeeding. We have a team of international, board certified lactation consultants who are available on a daily basis to offer advice, counseling and training in all aspects of breastfeeding.
Prenatal Class: Preparation for Breastfeeding
This class provides instruction on breastfeeding techniques as well as encouragement and support for a woman’s choice to provide breast milk for her baby. Topics include milk production, positioning and attachment techniques and prevention and relief of common problems. Establishing milk supply and providing breast milk for a baby who is not yet able to breastfeed is also discussed. Fathers and special support persons are also encouraged to attend. Registration is required.
Fee: $50.00 per couple. One, 2.5 hour class. Held monthly on the second Thursday - 6:30pm - 9:00pm.
Call 650-853-2960 or email.
Breastfeeding Mothers’ Support Group
The Family Birth Center hosts an ongoing support group for breastfeeding mothers and their infants. Here, under the supervision of a lactation consultant, mothers meet to share encouragement and support for their decision to breastfeed. Any breastfeeding mother and her infant may attend these no-cost meetings, provided both are free of communicable illnesses (i.e. cold, flu, cough, etc.). The group meets every Thursday morning from 10:30 a.m. to noon, except for holidays. Dads and significant others are welcome to attend.
Mills-Peninsula is on the journey to becoming a Baby-Friendly Hospital
The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative is a worldwide breastfeeding quality improvement project created by the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children’s Fund. Mills Peninsula-Family Birth Center upholds the WHO/UNICEF “Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding” published in a joint statement entitled: “Protecting, Promoting and Supporting Breastfeeding: The Special Role of Maternity Services”
The Ten Steps are:
- Have a written breastfeeding policy that is routinely communicated to all health care staff.
- Train all health care staff in skills necessary to implement this policy.
- Inform all pregnant women about the benefits and management of breastfeeding.
- Help mothers initiate breastfeeding within one hour of birth.
- Show mothers how to breastfeed and how to maintain lactation, even if they are separated from their infants.
- Give infants no food or drink other than breast-milk, unless medically indicated.
- Practice rooming in – allow mothers and infants to remain together 24 hours a day.
- Encourage breastfeeding on demand.
- Give no pacifiers or artificial nipples to breastfeeding infants.
- Foster the establishment of breastfeeding support groups and refer mothers to them on discharge from the hospital or birth center.