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Breastfeeding Support and Programs

Choosing to Breastfeed

Exclusive breastfeeding is recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the World Health Organization for the first six months of life. Breast milk contains all the nutrients an infant needs in those first months of life. Breastfeeding exclusively during that time will help them achieve optimal growth, development and health. For however long you choose to nurse, your baby’s immune system benefits greatly from breast milk. We encourage you to sign up for our breastfeeding class or support groups for more info.

Breast Pumps

If you need to pump while you are in the hospital, Bridgeport Hospital has high-grade electric pumps available, which include a kit and handheld breast pump that you can take home. Lactation Specialists are available to assist you with ordering a personal breast pump for home.

Classes

Breastfeeding Basics

Learn the skills necessary to have a rewarding breastfeeding relationship with your baby. Class includes benefits of breastfeeding, establishing and maintaining milk supply, latch-on and positioning techniques, how to know if baby is getting enough, trouble-shooting, debunking myths and fitting breastfeeding into your busy lifestyle. An International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant teaches the class. Moms and her support person are welcome.

Register online or toll-free 1-888-357-2396 and choose option #1

Understanding Breastfeeding eClass

Our Understanding Breastfeeding eClass curriculum helps improve a mother's success with breastfeeding. Through step-by-step instructions and 3D animation, moms learn how to achieve a deep latch, breastfeeding holds and positions, and how to maintain healthy milk production. This course takes 2-3 hours to compete and follows International Lactation Consultant Association ILCA recommendations and American Academy of Pediatrics AAP guidelines. You will have nine months of access once you log in.

Register for Understanding Breastfeeding

Support Group for Mothers

Adjusting to motherhood and the new norm can be challenging. Bridgeport Hospital’s Support Group for Mother’s provides a safe and non-judgmental place for mothers to express their concerns, ask questions and resolve some of their anxieties related to motherhood. Facilitated by a certified lactation consultant, group participants will have an opportunity to share their thoughts and concerns. As mother’s support one another, a sense of community is established and women are empowered to overcome their challenges.

Register online for the Support Group for Mothers

You can also call 888-357-2396 and choose option #1.