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.
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.
As a nursing mom, you may have questions and concerns along the way: How do I know if my baby is getting enough milk? How do I fit breastfeeding into my lifestyle? What are different breastfeeding positions? How do I begin weaning?
Bridgeport Hospital offers the following breastfeeding support groups and classes tailored to help you and your baby:
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.
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 online by searching for the class by name.
Support Group for New Moms
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 by searching for the class by name or call 888-357-2396 and choose option #1.
Mothers with children 1 year old and younger, and expectant mothers
Up to 20 people
First and third Wednesday of every month, 10 am – noon (unless otherwise noted)
Park Avenue Medical Center, 5520 Park Avenue, Trumbull
Registration is not required; all walk-ins are welcomed.