Breastfeeding Friends

lactation services team

Join our Lactation Service consultants for Breastfeeding Friends, a group focused on providing answers to common breastfeeding questions, individual assistance, free weight checks, mother-baby bonding and more.

Registration is appreciated but not required. Nursing babies, siblings, support people, and expectant families all welcome!

We meet the 3rd Saturday of each month in the lobby of Owensboro Health Regional Hospital.

For more information call 270-417-5338.

Learn more about Breastfeeding Friends.

Breastfeeding Support

Breastfeeding is healthy for both you and your baby. But nursing your infant successfully takes practice. Our nursing staff and our Owensboro Health’s board-certified lactation consultants can help you get the most out of your breastfeeding experience.

Breastfed babies tend to have:

  • 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 medicine for babies that are born early. It contains special ingredients that are not available in formula.

Benefits of breastfeeding

  • Contains the perfect amount of protein, carbohydrates, fat, vitamins and minerals for your baby
  • Always fresh and exactly the right temperature
  • Contains valuable antibiotics that help prevent disease and may reduce the risk of your baby developing allergies
  • Can be frozen for future use
  • Has been shown to provide protection against breast cancer, ovarian cancer and weak bones in later life
  • Helps you and your baby bond

Tips and tricks to make enough milk

  • First 2 Hours: Skin to Skin & First Feeding
  • First 2 Days: Feed on Demand, Ask for Help
  • First 2 Weeks: 8 - 12 Feedings every 24 Hours
  • First 6 Months: Feed nothing but Mother's Milk

Your baby's tummy is tiny, every drop of colostrum helps protect your baby against infection for life. Frequent nursing promotes bonding and helps your body make milk.

American Board of Pediatrics logoBecause of the benefits of breastfeeding, "The American Academy of Pediatrics reaffirms its recommendation of exclusive breastfeeding for about 6 months, followed by continued breastfeeding as complementary foods are introduced, with continuation of breastfeeding for 1 year or longer as mutually desired by mother and infant." 

Award-Winning Lactation Consultants & Support

Owensboro Health Regional Hospital is a designated IBCLC Care Award Facility. That means you’ll get care from International Board-Certified Lactation Consultants who can show you how to:

  • International Board Certified Lactation ConsultantPosition and latch your baby
  • Make sure you produce enough milk
  • Nurse your baby more comfortable
  • Breastfeed after a C-section
  • Nurse a premature, sick or special-needs infant
  • Use a breast pump

Your nurses are trained to support exclusive breastfeeding, kangaroo care and cuddle time.

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.

Learn about breastfeeding self-care, overcoming breastfeeding challenges and pumping and storing breast milk.

Contact Us

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

Schedule an Appointment

Take the first step toward better health by calling 270-417-7700 to schedule an appointment with Obstetrics & Gynecology.

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

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