Benefits of Breastfeeding for Mom & Baby
Your baby needs the best nutrition right from the start to grow strong and healthy. Breastfeeding is the best way to feed your baby. Breast milk is the most important part of your child’s early development. It’s easier for your baby to digest than formula, prevents infections and promotes brain development. Breast milk also protects your little one from getting sick and lowers his or her risk of asthma, allergies and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
Breastfeeding is good for moms, too. It burns on average 600 calories a day while lowering your risk of breast cancer, ovarian cancer and diabetes. Breastfeeding also saves money in formula and healthcare costs.
Convenience & Consultation In, Out of the Hospital
International board-certified lactation consultants at University Health System are available before and after the birth of your baby to help you and your family with your breastfeeding concerns. All of our nurses working in labor and delivery and in the mother/baby unit at University Hospital have additional education and training in breastfeeding support.
Our team also helps moms in need of breastfeeding support in other areas of the hospital, such as the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and our pediatric unit.
Lactation Resources for New Moms
Our team provides resources for new and expectant moms all over South Texas by being accessible to answer questions like these:
Where are the Lactation Experts in San Antonio?
As a Texas 10 Step facility, we provide maternity services that support breastfeeding. We support the American Academy of Pediatrics recommendation that all infants should be exclusively breastfed for the first six months of life and continued for a year as other foods are introduced. We encourage breastfeeding to continue as long as mom and baby both desire.
We know each mom has her own personal breastfeeding goals. We support them and your preferences as a new mom.
What Lactation Services Does University Offer?
We offer a number of services for new moms and moms-to-be:
- Bilingual international board-certified lactation consultants (IBCLCs)
- Breastfeeding classes taught in English and Spanish
- Donor Breast Milk Program
- Individual consultations before and after birth
- Postpartum consultation after discharge
- Private nursing/pumping rooms at University Hospital and Robert B. Green campus
(Women, Infants and Children) peer counselors are at University Hospital once a week for 3 hours to help moms on WIC learn about breastfeeding benefits and sometimes bring pumps for these qualifying moms who are separated from their baby.
What Is a Lactation Consultant?
Lactation consultants are an important part of our breastfeeding team. They provide breastfeeding education and assistance to you and your family on topics such as:
- Positioning and latch
- Making sure your baby is getting enough milk
- Breastfeeding twins or more
- Using a breast pump
- Breast milk storage guidelines
- Returning to work or school
- Providing breast milk for your premature baby
- Helping with breastfeeding questions or problems
Additional Breastfeeding Support and Resources