At Nemours Children’s Hospital, Delaware, in Wilmington, Del., we recognize that breastfeeding is the optimal nutrition for infants. We’re devoted to providing support and education to help you successfully breastfeed your baby.
Why Is Breastfeeding Beneficial to Babies and Moms?
Breast milk is the preferred feeding for all infants and offers benefits not found in any substitute. It provides something called “passive immunity” for the baby, protecting the baby from a wide variety of bacterial and viral illnesses. Breastfeeding also can lead to better cognitive development, as well as physical and emotional benefits due to skin-to-skin contact.
By breastfeeding, infants have a lesser chance of developing:
- some allergies
- type I diabetes
- sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)
Mothers who breastfeed have shown improved postpartum (after birth) weight loss compared to those who chose not to breastfeed. Moms also gain emotional benefits from the close interaction with their babies. Breastfeeding can make life easier once you settle into a good routine, since there are no bottles and nipples to sterilize. It can also save money due to the high costs of formula and feeding supplies.
By breastfeeding, mothers have a lower risk of:
- breast and ovarian cancer
- type 2 diabetes
- postpartum depression
Exclusive breastfeeding ensures the best possible health, developmental and psychosocial outcomes for both mother and child.
Our Lactation Support Services
At Nemours Children’s Hospital, Delaware, we offer a number of services for moms who are breastfeeding or pumping breast milk for their babies. Our entire multidisciplinary care team, including an international board-certified lactation consultant (or “IBCLC,” for short), serves as the “front line” for education, support and promoting a positive breastfeeding environment. With an IBCLC on staff, we provide optimal resources and support for mothers to begin and continue breastfeeding.
We offer breastfeeding support to mothers in a number of ways:
Each nurse has been educated on providing lactation support to our families. However, sometimes moms need extra support. A lactation consultant is available for those having a difficult time breastfeeding or pumping.
Premature infants fed human milk receive significant benefits, including protection from a wide variety of bacterial and viral illnesses. And, premature babies who receive breast milk have improved developmental outcomes compared to those who are formula-fed. Also, babies who receive breast milk often experience shorter stays in the hospital (due to the health benefits).
Breast milk provides a unique composition of nutrients and immune factors, which are particularly beneficial to premature infants and help to prevent or decrease the severity of diseases which include necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), upper respiratory infections and sepsis (when the immune system responds to an infection by attacking the body’s own organs and tissues).
Banked breast milk may be used for some infants whose mothers have trouble providing enough breast milk to meet their babies’ nutritional needs.
Breastfeeding support groups are available for both current and soon-to-be-moms. Breastfeeding group is held every 1st and 3rd Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.
The Nemours Lactation Clinic offers clinical one-on-one breastfeeding help from a board-certified lactation consultant. This clinic is for moms or physicians with concerns about how breastfeeding is going (e.g., questions regarding latch, pain, poor weight gain, tongue ties, pumping, etc.). Call (302) 651-5245 to schedule an appointment.
Our "warmline" is staffed by lactation consultants who are available to answer your questions and concerns about breastfeeding. For more information or for non-urgent breastfeeding issues, please call (302) 651-6440 and leave a message. Calls are returned within 48 hours by a lactation consultant.
Please join Nemours Breastfeeding Group to be part of our community of breastfeeding and pumping moms at all different stages in the feeding journey. This closed group is moderated by the lactation support team.
Peer counselors are mothers who have breastfed and know the challenges of getting started and making it to their feeding goals. They provide one-on-one support, telephonic support and host Breastfeeding Clubs at three of our primary pediatric sites. For more information please call our Warmline at (302) 651-6440.
This service is available at our primary care locations:
Nemours has partnered with First Choice (a durable medical equipment company) to provide our families with quality double electric breast pumps. Most insurances are accepted. All others are ordered through an outside vendor. For more information please call our Warmline at (302) 651-6440.