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Lactation Services

Breastfeeding. For some women, it’s incredibly easy. For most however, it takes some time and a little experience to feel at ease. Once you’re comfortable, the experience can be extremely rewarding and a wonderful way to bond with your child. Moreover, the benefits to both your baby and you are numerous.

Benefits for your baby:

  • Your breast milk is rich in nutrients and antibodies which can protect your baby. When it comes to nutrition, breast milk is quite simply the best for your baby.
  • Breastfeeding decreases your baby's chance of getting a variety of infectious diseases, ear infections, respiratory illnesses, allergies, asthma, stomach upsets, diarrhea, and more.
  • Breastfed babies are less likely to be obese in childhood.
  • Some studies suggest decreased rates of SIDS in the first year of life, childhood diabetes, lymphoma, leukemia, Hodgkin’s disease, and high cholesterol and heart disease in adulthood.
  • Breastfeeding helps your baby bond with you.

Benefits for you:

  • Decreased postpartum bleeding.
  • Decreased risk of breast, ovarian and endometrial cancers.
  • Protects against osteoporosis and hip fractures later in life.
  • Some studies suggest a quicker return to pre-pregnancy weight.
  • Breastfeeding is free, reducing financial burden and healthcare costs for the family.
  • Breastfeeding often means parents take less time off of work due to their babies being sick.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months and continued breastfeeding as foods are added between six months and one year. To that end, we’re here to offer you the support you need.

Our lactation consultants specialize in breastfeeding and are certified by the International Board of Certified Lactation Consultants. They can offer you the latest information and helpful tips to help make breastfeeding an easy and rewarding experience.

Here are numbers you can call for breastfeeding help and more information:

ProMedica Toledo Hospital
Breastfeeding WARMLINE 419-291-4577

ProMedica Flower Hospital
Breastfeeding WARMLINE 419-291-4577

ProMedica Bay Park Hospital

ProMedica Bixby Hospital

ProMedica Defiance Regional Hospital

ProMedica Fostoria Community Hospital

ProMedica St. Luke’s Hospital