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Breastfeeding support: We guide you home
Mother Breastfeeding her newborn baby

Breastfeeding support: We guide you home

By HOPE GARCIA, RN, BSN, MSA, CLC, NEA-BC on August 3, 2018

Being a new parent is a whirlwind of love and learning, and being overwhelmed can become a way of life. One aspect that often overwhelms new moms is breastfeeding. Many new moms expect breastfeeding to come naturally, and if it doesn't, it can be incredibly difficult and frustrating.

At Spartanburg Medical Center, we are here to support your breastfeeding goals. From birth, support starts at the bedside. You are surrounded by an amazing team of doctors, nurses, neonatal specialists and lactation consultants. This team is dedicated to your every need.

We know that birth, while beautiful, can be stressful and we do everything we can to reassure you and teach you how to be comfortable in your new role as a mother.

We strongly encourage breastfeeding because of the proven health benefits for both mother and child. Breastfeeding gives babies the healthiest start in life. Breast milk acts as a baby's first vaccine, promotes brain development, and protects the mother's health.

At Spartanburg Medical Center, we work with new moms to teach them the techniques necessary for successful breastfeeding – nipple latching, burping, pumping, positioning, etc. Our lactation team provides you with the tools you need to begin you and your baby's successful bonding and breastfeeding experience.

When you're ready to go home

The benefits from Spartanburg Medical Center's Lactation Center do not end when you leave the hospital. When you get home, and life with a newborn (and no sleep) becomes all too real, we remain with you each step of the way.

Don't hesitate to contact the Lactation Center. The staff is always available for phone consultations at 864-560-2297. No question is too small or “silly.” We welcome your questions, and we're only a phone call away. If you need more in-depth support, schedule a free consultation with one of our certified lactation consultants.  

Take advantage of breastfeeding supplies. The Lactation Center sells nursing bras, nursing tanks, hands-free pumping bras, breastfeeding pillows, and nursing scarves. We also offer breast pumps and accessories, replacement parts, hospital-grade breast pump rentals, scale rentals and specialty items to help with your breastfeeding needs. With practice, patience and the right advice, you can discover what works best for you.

Get your partner, support person or family involved. It takes three to breastfeed: mom, baby and your support person. A support person does anything that helps mom squeeze in some extra sleep. Whether it's changing the big stinky diaper at 3 a.m. or making sure mom has enough pillows to keep comfortable during those exhausting feedings, all of the small things really add up.

Find the support system that works for you. From follow-up calls from the Lactation Center to scheduling an outpatient appointment with a consultant, we have many outlets to make breastfeeding work for you and your baby. Once your baby is 2 weeks old, all breastfeeding mothers are invited to attend our support group, Table for Two This group meets every Wednesday and addresses a wide range of issues that you and baby can encounter until 6 months of age. We also offer a Saturday support group for ages 2 weeks to 1 year twice a month for those who have older children or find a weekend is more convenient.

Breastfeeding is demanding, but the rewards are limitless. Wherever you are in your journey, know you are never alone.

For more information on Spartanburg Medical Center Lactation Services, call 864-560-2297.

Breastfeeding Week is recognized from Aug. 1 through Aug. 7.