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Lactation & Breastfeeding Services

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, breastfeeding ensures the best possible health and developmental and psychosocial outcomes for an infant.

International Board Certified Lactation Consultants provide a high level of lactation care, consultation, education, and support to patients, staff, and students at UI Health. To help you meet your feeding goals, we provide lactation consultation via telephone before and after birth. Our prenatal series includes a breastfeeding class. It generally is the fourth Thursday of the month (click here to register and for more information). We also host a breastfeeding club every Tuesday at 4:30 pm in Specialty Waiting Room 2E of the Outpatient Care Center. There, we can assist with breastfeeding, weigh babies, help parents problem solve, and make new breastfeeding plans.

We maintain pumping rooms in the hospital and throughout the campus for guests and employees (click here for locations and information). We also can give you information about getting a breast pump. We are a resource on medications, breastfeeding, and breast pumping for patients throughout UI Health.

At UI Health, we agree that breastfeeding is the most natural way to feed and nurture a baby; however, it is a learned art.

Some new mothers benefit from knowledge and practical assistance to help them have positive breastfeeding experiences. The breastfeeding support programs at UI Health are designed to offer education, counseling and support so that breastfeeding can be a rewarding experience for mom, baby, and the whole the family.

Fun Facts

  • At birth, baby’s stomach is the size of a large grape or walnut.
  • Mom’s body begins to make and store milk during baby’s first days of life.
  • Initially, baby gets all his germ-fighting ability from mom and her milk.
  • Health benefits are seen even when baby gets breast milk from a bottle instead of the breast.
  • Formula does not have germ-fighting ingredients, but it is the best milk to feed babies when breast milk is not available.
  • No one food in mom’s diet causes trouble for breast milk. Even spicy food eaten by mom does not cause pain or problems for breastfeeding babies.
  • Breastfeeding is easy for some and difficult for others.
  • Breastfeeding is painful for some and not painful for others.
  • 92% of new moms experience trouble with breastfeeding, including nipple pain, trouble getting baby latched, and not enough milk supply.

We look forward to helping you meet your breastfeeding goals! Contact Lactation Services at 312.413.0233 or at breastfeeding@uic.edu