At Regional West Medical Center, we encourage breastfeeding as the best choice for mothers and infants. 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 infants in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), we provide hospital-grade double electric pumps for use at the bedside so your infant can still receive the benefits of breast milk.
If you have any questions, please call our lactation office at 308-630-1954.
Donate life-saving breast milk
Since 2018, Regional West’s Birth and Infant Care Center has been a collection site for the Mothers’ Milk Bank network, a Colorado-based nonprofit program benefitting babies nationwide. Area mothers who produce milk in excess of their babies’ needs can drop off bags of milk at the Birth and Infant Care Center.
Donors can call 308-630-1550 to drop off milk donations at Regional West’s main entrance. A Birth and Infant Care staff member will come to the entrance and collect the donation. If you are interested in becoming a breast milk donor, visit https://rmchildren.org/mothers-milk-bank/donate-milk/become-a-donor/ or call 303-869-1888 to fill out a donor application form.