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Breastfeeding at a Baby-Friendly Hospital

As a hospital that received Baby-Friendly Designation from Baby Friendly USA, we have proven that our nurses, staff, providers and practices follow the 10 Steps to Successful Breastfeeding. These steps ensure mothers are given the information, confidence and skills that they need to successfully initiate and continue breastfeeding their baby or feed formula safely.

Healthy babies placed skin-to-skin on their mothers adjust easily to life outside the womb. Mothers and babies benefit when the baby stays in the room and has skin-to-skin contact.

Some of these benefits are listed below:

With babies close by, mothers...
... have less postpartum depression or “baby blues”
... feel better about their abilities to care for their baby
... recognize and respond to their babies’ needs sooner
... make more breast milk and breastfeed longer

When babies stay close to mom, they...
...stay warmer
...cry less
...have less stress
...breathe more easily
...have more stable blood sugar levels
...breastfeed sooner and more easily
...gain more weight
...are less likely to develop jaundice
...rest more easily

Babies who are able to stay with their mothers day and night are
able to adjust to their mother’s sleep-wake cycle. Babies who
stay in the nursery can feel more stress from bright lights, noises
and unfamiliar voices.

Breastfeeding benefits

The health benefits of breastfeeding are well documented and include increased immunity for your baby, along with a decreased risk of asthma, obesity and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Mothers also benefit with decreased risk for breast, uterine and ovarian cancer, and increased bone and heart health.

Our breastfeeding support program offers comprehensive lactation services ranging from breastfeeding classes for expectant mothers to advice when you are ready to wean your child. Services include in-hospital visits, outpatient consultations, and a phone line for questions. For more information, call 717-544-3335.

Breastfeeding classes

Click on the class title or call 1-888-LGH-INFO (1-888-544-4636) to register for the classes below:

Prenatal Breastfeeding Class—Learning to Breastfeed
There are many reasons to breastfeed, but it can be a frustrating experience if you’re not prepared. Join our certified lactation consultant to learn why breastfeeding is so beneficial for your baby and to get practical how-to information that will help you continue to breastfeed after you leave the hospital. We’ll also discuss the emotional and physical effects of nursing on both you and your baby.

Breastfeeding and Returning to Work
It IS possible to provide your baby with breast milk after you go back to work; it just takes a bit of planning. We can help you figure it all out and return to work with confidence. Topics include: getting out of the house in the morning, working with your childcare provider, pumping and storing breast milk, types of pumps and how to safeguard your milk supply. Babies are welcome.


Breast pump rental

Our cost-effective breast pump rental program provides you with a state-of-the-art Medela electric pump and enables your baby to receive breast milk for only pennies a day. Monthly rentals for long-term pumping are available. For fees and arrangements, please call the Breastfeeding Support Program at (717) 544-3335.

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