At Banner Desert Medical Center, we encourage breast-feeding as the best choice for mothers and babies.
We are a “breastfeeding friendly” hospital. Our philosophy is that human milk is the safest, healthiest infant feeding option and breastfeeding has lifeline benefits to mother and child. We encourage these five practices:
- Initiating breastfeeding within the first hour after birth
- Avoiding fluids or solids other than breast milk unless medically necessary
- Promoting 24-hour rooming-in, encouraging the family to recognize and respond to infant’s cues
- Discourage the use of a pacifier or artificial nipple with infants during the hospital stay
- Giving mothers a telephone number to call for help with breastfeeding.
International Board Certified Lactation Consultants who provide expert breastfeeding and lactation consultation are an integral part of our nursing staff. Additionally, all of our bedside nurses have received additional education so they can assist and encourage new mothers with breastfeeding.
We will work with you to meet your breastfeeding goals, help you develop a feeding plan, and provide support resources for you once you get home. For mothers with babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) we provide hospital-grade electronic breast pumps for use during your stay so babies can still receive the benefits of breast milk.
If you have questions, please call us at (480) 412-6455 (MILK).
Other services include:
Breastfeeding Support Group
Join us on Thursdays from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Learn helpful hints and network with other new moms. The support group is led by a registered nurse and internationally board-certified lactation consultant. Group meets in the Cardon Children's Medical Center. For more information, (480) 412-3035.
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