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Lactation Support When You Need It

Get personalized breastfeeding support from board-certified lactation consultants. We offer both virtual appointments using your phone or device and in-person appointments.

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No matter if you’re a new or experienced mom, we are here to support you and your baby.

How can we help?

We provide lactation consultations both in the hospital and when you go home. Our breastfeeding specialists can help you find comfortable nursing positions, achieve a good latch, increase your milk supply, provide tips on using a breast pump, and more. You'll be assigned a lactation specialist as needed during your hospital stay, but you can always talk to your doctor if you have questions or concerns about breastfeeding.

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Benefits of Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding offers several benefits for both moms and babies.

For babies, breastfeeding provides:

  • Optimal nutrition
  • Immune system support
  • Reduces the risk of allergies
  • Improves digestive health

For moms, breastfeeding helps with:

  • Emotional bonding
  • Postpartum recovery
  • Weight loss

As a bonus, breastfeeding is cost-effective, saving families the expense of formula. Plus, it's convenient when you're on the go.

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Mothers' Milk Donation

More than 60% of mothers with babies in the NICU can’t provide enough milk to meet their baby’s needs.

You can donate milk to the Mother’s Milk Donation program at Intermountain Health and help save the lives of vulnerable babies.

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Common breastfeeding questions

When you’re establishing your milk supply, you can feed on demand, which translates into eight to 12 feedings every 24 hours (or more if your baby is cluster feeding).

By day four or five, your milk should be in, and your baby should be peeing five to eight times every 24 hours and having three to four poopy diapers.

Watch for signs that your baby is latched deeply, including having a wide gape, lips flanged out, and vigorous suck.

You should feel strong tugs and hear your baby swallow. At the end of a successful breastfeeding session, your baby will come off the breast asleep or satisfied, and your breasts should feel softer.

This decision is entirely up to you for your needs and goals. We generally recommend that you start pumping by the time your baby is two weeks of age. Start by pumping two times per day after breastfeeding. The average amount of milk collected is 0.5 - 1 oz. per pumping session.

After one to two weeks, you can adjust your pumping frequency to meet your milk storage goals and your baby’s needs.

For example, some moms pump after a morning feeding and get 4 - 6 oz., so they decide pumping just once or twice a day is plenty. Other moms get 0.5 - 1 oz. and decide to pump three to four times a day. It’s really up to you!

Four weeks of age is a good time because breastfeeding is usually well-established by then. It’s very much OK to wait longer, but sometimes babies develop a very strong preference to the breast and refuse the bottle.

Try having a significant other introduce the bottle and consistently give one bottle to your baby a day.

Most breastfed babies do not sleep through the night for several months, while others start sleeping through the night by a few months of age. It’s important to remember that babies will sleep for longer stretches at their own developmental pace.

Yes! However, pay attention to the preparation. Look for flash-frozen sushi and sushi made from fish that contain low levels of mercury.

The recommendation is to avoid alcohol while breastfeeding, but a drink once in a while can be OK. Here are the CDC guidelines about consuming drugs or alcohol while breastfeeding.

A plugged (or blocked) duct is an area of the breast where milk flow is obstructed. You might notice a hard lump or wedge-shaped area of engorgement that feels tender or painful.

Nursing frequently and completely emptying the breast is one way to prevent getting a blocked milk duct. But if you get a blocked milk duct:

  • Nurse on the affected breast first.
  • Keep the affected breast as empty as possible--when you cannot breastfeed, express frequently.
  • Use warm, moist heat and massage before breastfeeding or pumping.
  • Try breastfeeding in different positions.
  • Basin soak. Submerge your breast in hot water while massaging the plugged area toward the nipple. Adding a small handful of epsom salt to the water might help.
  • Take a hot shower and massage the affected area toward the nipple. Using soap will help make this easier.
  • Loosen your bra and any constrictive clothing to aid milk flow.
  • Avoid sleeping on the affected side.

Health for you and baby

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