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

This informative class will help parents gain the knowledge and skills necessary to have a rewarding breastfeeding relationship. Included: 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. The class is taught by an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant.

This in-person class is currently not being offered, please consider registering for our 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

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.

This is class is currently being offered as a Live Webinar so you will be able to interact with the instructor. Attendees will need a high speed web-connection as well as camera with microphone to participate interactively in the class.

Register online for the Support Group for Mothers

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