Breastfeeding Friends

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Breastfeeding Friends is currently on hold. If we receive enough interest we will resume our virtual monthly meetings. Please let us know if you are interested by calling us at 270-417-5338 or filling out our online interest form.

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Breastfeeding Education

Breast milk is the perfect food for babies.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends exclusive breastfeeding (no water, juice, food, or artificial infant formulas) for the first six months of life unless supplements are medically indicated.

Choosing to breastfeed gives your baby’s immune system and digestion time to mature before introducing other foods. Your baby will receive all the nutrition he needs from mother’s milk. While exclusive breastfeeding gets your baby off to the best start, any amount of breast milk your baby receives is beneficial and important!

Coffective logo iconPreparing to breastfeed your baby

Parents feel more confident in the early days with breastfeeding when they attend prenatal classes, watch videos, and talk with other experienced breastfeeding moms.

Videos

Check out the videos below and download the free “Coffective” mobile app. Apple / Android

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Watch the "Nourish" Video

Your nurse will help you find a good latch so:

  • You make plenty of milk for baby
  • Baby gets milk more easily
  • Breastfeeding is comfortable for you and your baby

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Watch "Best start with Breastfeeding" Video

Breast milk is good for babies:

  • Fewer ear infections
  • Less likely to become obese
  • Less likely to die from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)

newborn baby and providers Watch the "Protect Breastfeeding" Video

Breastfeeding has so many benefits:

  • Good for baby
  • Good for mom
  • Careful! Giving formula has risks

mother and baby Watch the "Learn Your Baby" Video

Watch for signs that baby wants to feed to:

  • Help baby feel settled and content
  • Make breastfeeding easier
  • Help your body make breast milk quicker

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  • Better brain development
  • Better vision
  • Fewer ear and respiratory infections
  • Fewer skin allergies, less eczema
  • Healthier hearts
  • Significant reduction in risk of SIDS
  • Less tummy trouble, fewer food allergies

Breast milk is like medicine for babies that are born early. It contains special infection-fighting ingredients that are not available in formula.

Benefits of breastfeeding for the mother

Breastfeeding is not only the superior option for your baby, it also has many benefits for the mother. (Source: American Academy of Pediatrics Policy Statement Pediatrics: Volume 129, Number 3, March 2012)mother and her baby

  • Reduced risk for postpartum depression
  • Reduced risk of osteoporosis
  • Increases bonding and reduced abuse
  • Reduced risk of arthritis
  • Easier: after 1-2 weeks of practicing breastfeeding
  • Milk is always ready and warm
  • Reduced risk of pre-menopausal breast cancer
  • Involution of Uterus
  • Reduced risk of postpartum hemorrhage and ovarian cancer
  • Improved return to pre-pregnancy weight
  • Saves $1,000 to $3,000 a year
  • Eco-Friendly
  • Lower risk of:
    • Type 2 Diabetes
    • Delayed return of menstrual periods
    • Cardiovascular disease

Take a class to learn more

Before you give birth, take a breastfeeding class with your partner or support person and discover how to prepare for successful breastfeeding.

Contact Us

Send us questions, comments or ideas for new prenatal classes through our online form.

For more information on Maternity Services call 270-417-5300.

For more information on Lactation Services call 270-417-5338.

Preregistration Online

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When you arrive to have your baby, all you’ll need to do is give us your name.

Preregister Online

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Visit our online scheduling page to schedule an appointment

If you have an urgent need, call us and ask for a same-day appointment.

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