What You Should Know about Breastfeeding

The American Academy of Pediatrics states that routine formula supplementation of healthy, full-term breastfed infants is unnecessary. Studies show that feeding a healthy, full-term newborn frequently on demand (8-12 times in 24 hours) without supplements encourages more abundant milk production, decreases the incidence and intensity of jaundice and supports better weight gain in infants. Sucking frequently at the breast allows the infant to learn to latch and breastfeed effectively.

Benefits of Breastfeeding for Baby

  • Reduces the risk of SIDS, obesity, cancer, diabetes, hypertension, asthma and other chronic diseases.
  • Reduces the number and duration of illnesses.
  • Breast milk is easier to digest.
  • Helps your baby’s immune system mature.
  • Increases the effectiveness of immunizations.

Benefits of Breastfeeding for Mom

  • Overall health benefits, including decreasing the risk of breast and ovarian cancers.
  • Convenient and always ready for baby at just the right temperature.
  • The healthiest choice at the least cost.
  • Increases the rate of weight loss in most mothers.
  • Breastfed babies are healthier and mothers miss less work and spend less time and money on medical care.
  • We have lactation consultants to support you during your stay at Sky Ridge as well as free support groups.

Breastfeeding Support Group and Baby Weight Check

Breastfeeding is one of the best decisions new moms can make for themselves and their babies.  It should be a wonderful experience for both.

As natural as the breastfeeding process is, there are issues that can arise.  It is important to get help right away if you experience difficulty with breastfeeding.

Quality assistance is available! Sky Ridge offers a breastfeeding support group to assist moms who would like a little extra support.  Certified lactation consultants will be leading this group to keep moms on track for a successful breastfeeding experience and will weigh your baby to assess his or her progress.

This is especially designed for moms and babies from birth to 8 weeks old. Come join us and enjoy the company of other nursing moms.

If you have any questions, please call us at 720-225-2233. There is no cost and drop-ins are welcome.

Sky Ridge Medical Center - Women’s Hospital Atrium Classroom
Every Wednesday & Friday
9:30-10:30 a.m.
The Women’s Hospital Atrium classroom is located on the Garden Level of the Women’s Hospital at Sky Ridge.

Phone Numbers

  • Classes: (720) 225-BABY (2229)
  • Parent Education: (720) 225-2222
  • Gift Shop: (720) 225-4438
  • Labor & Delivery: (720) 225-2300
  • Lactation Line: (720) 225-2233
  • Main Hospital: (720) 225-1000
  • Mom/Baby Unit: (720) 225-3200