Prenatal and Postpartum Support
Our Breastfeeding classes give expectant mothers and new parents the information and support to achieve a fulfilling breastfeeding experience. Certified lactation consultants teach breastfeeding classes, offer one-on-one assistance and counseling and provide telephone support and outpatient visits.
Breastfeeding and You
Mothers and families have many things to consider when a new baby is on the way. One of the most important decisions is to breastfeed your baby. When you breastfeed, both you and your baby benefit in many ways.
For more information, call the Breastfeeding Resource Line at 717-531-3754.
This program gives expectant mothers and new parents the information and support to achieve a fulfilling breastfeeding experience. Certified lactation consultants teach breastfeeding classes, offer one-on-one assistance and counseling and provide telephone support and outpatient visits. Retail products and an electric breast pump rental program are available.
Before the Birth of Your Baby
Our physicians and nurses provide you with information during your prenatal visits. Our comprehensive childbirth education and breastfeeding classes help you to prepare for your baby's birth. These classes are led by certified and experienced instructors. Tours of the Obstetrics Department of Penn State Women's Health Unit are provided weekly. Families will see Labor & Delivery, Postpartum and the Newborn Nursery. Tours last 30 minutes. Please call 717-531-6981 for more information.
After the Birth of Your Baby
Mothers are encouraged to begin breastfeeding soon after giving birth. Our Women's Health nursing staff at Penn State Hershey Medical Center are experienced maternity nurses with special knowledge and skill in breastfeeding instruction.
They work closely with you and a certified lactation consultant to ensure that you and your baby get off to a good start. In addition, rooming in with your baby during your hospital stay enhances the learning process.
The Breastfeeding Resource Program has a variety of support and counseling services and resources to help you continue your breastfeeding experience.
The Breastfeeding Resource Line places you in direct contact a certified lactation consultation and offers information regarding breast pump rentals and sales. Our Careline program is available to answer breastfeeding questions and concerns.
- Convenient consultations and outpatient visits with a certified lactation consultant
- Mother/baby get-together help weekly with a certified lactation consultant to discuss breastfeeding and share parenting tips
The Breastfeeding Resource Program works with you and your physician on an individual basis to manage breastfeeding needs:
- Pre-term infants - the importance of human milk
- Babies with special needs
- Hospitalized babies
- Nursing multiples
- Breastfeeding after breast surgery
- Relactation and induced lactation
- Use of medications while breastfeeding