At Regional West Medical Center, we encourage breastfeeding as the best choice for mothers and babies. We are a breastfeeding-friendly hospital because we believe human milk is the safest and healthiest infant feeding option with lifelong benefits to mother and child.
- Skin-to-skin contact immediately after birth, except in cases of medical necessity
- Initiating breastfeeding within the first hour after birth
- Avoiding fluids or solids other than breast milk unless medically necessary for six months
- Promoting 24-hour rooming-in, which encourages the family to recognize and respond to their infant’s feeding cues
- Infants to self-soothe rather than using a pacifier or artificial nipple during the hospital stay
Certified Lactation Counselors (CLC) who provide breastfeeding education are an integral part of our nursing staff, and all of our bedside nurses have received additional breastfeeding education so they can assist with breastfeeding throughout your hospital stay.
We will work with you to meet your breastfeeding goals, help you develop a feeding plan, and provide opportunity for support when you get home. Upon hospital dismissal, we also provide a telephone number and list of support groups to call for help with breastfeeding. For mothers with babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), we provide hospital-grade double electric pumps for use at the bedside during your infant’s stay so your baby can still receive the benefits of breast milk.
If you have any questions, please call our lactation office at 308-630-1954.