Get help Breastfeeding at the Lactation Clinic
The decision to breastfeed is a positive one for both you and your baby. By choosing to breastfeed, you are giving your baby the healthiest start possible. But it isn't always easy. Sometimes mothers need help with breastfeeding, no matter how many times they have done it. The Dixie Regional Lactation Clinic is designed with this need in mind, offering a resource for mothers and babies experiencing problems with breastfeeding after they go home from the hospital, and throughout the breastfeeding process.
The clinic offers individual breastfeeding assistance for some of the initial breastfeeding issues such as:
- Baby has difficulty “latching on”
- Sore nipples
- Maternal yeast infections
- Low milk supply
In addition, the clinic can help with late onset breastfeeding concerns, and also does weight checks.
How to make an appointment
To make an appointment with the outpatient lactation clinic, please call a lactation consultant at (435) 688-4496. You will receive information on our fees and instructions for registration and prepayment. Be sure to bring your receipt of payment to your appointment.
The lactation clinic is located on Dixie Regional Medical Center’s 400 East Campus. Use the entrance located on 500 South and take the elevators to the fourth floor.
Benefits of Breastfeeding
Breastfeeding has many benefits for both you and your baby.
For the baby:
Breast milk contains antibodies, which are substances that help your baby resist disease. In fact, breastfed babies have fewer ear infections, lung infections, and respiratory illnesses than formula-fed babies.
Breast milk provides your baby with the best nutritional balance- and rarely causes allergies. It is also easier to digest, less likely to vomit, or have diarrhea.
Breast milk is free and convenient. It does not need to be prepared and is also good for the environment since there are not bottles, cans or boxes to throw away. Studies have shown that breastfeeding is positively linked with improved eye development, especially in preterm infants.
For the mother:
- Breastfeeding reduces the risk of ovarian cancer.
- Breastfeeding reduced the risk of breast cancer in pre-menopausal women.
- Breastfeeding builds bone strength to protect against bone fractures in older women.
- Breastfeeding helps the uterus return to its pre-pregnancy size more quickly.
- Breastfeeding burns calories and helps you get back to your pre-pregnancy weight.
Whether you know you want to breastfeed or are just beginning to think about it, you are sure to have many questions. You may be concerned about how to fit breastfeeding into your schedule, or that your family and friends won't support your decision. Or, you may worry about working while breastfeeding.
It's true that breastfeeding does not necessarily come easily for everyone. You may struggle with positioning, worry that your baby is not getting enough milk, or be frustrated. It takes practice and patience to find a pattern that works best for you and your baby. Support from your family and friends is helpful when you are breastfeeding.
Supporting breastfeeding mothers is important to us. The breastfeeding initiation rates at Dixie Regional are 93%, higher than the national average of 74%.