Education and support for you and your baby
Advanced Breastfeeding Education and Resources
If you plan to breastfeed your baby or are considering feeding options, get the resources you need from our experts. At Winchester Hospital, we can help you make the right decision for you and your family. Winchester Hospital is designated as a Baby-Friendly Hospital in December of 2021 but supports all feeding choices
Our breastfeeding team offers education and support during your pregnancy, in the hospital after delivery and later when you return home with your baby. Our specialists are internationally board-certified lactation consultants. They know how to help new parents and babies learn to breastfeed as a healthy and positive experience.
Inpatient Breastfeeding Support
Here are ways that our team supports parents and babies while you’re in the hospital:
- A member of the care team helps you breastfeed your newborn baby within 30-60 minutes of delivery.
- Lactation specialists and nursing staff work together to check your progress. We help you get a great start by developing a personal, evidence-based breastfeeding plan.
- Lactation specialists prioritize patients being discharged or having difficulties. All nursing staff are trained to assist with breastfeeding and provide support.
Nursing Mothers' Support Group
The Nursing Support Group is a free, online forum for breastfeeding mothers and their babies to come together with general questions and to support one another. A lactation nurse facilitates the group. They meet every Wednesday from 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm via Zoom. Please call 781-756-4700 for more details.
Outpatient Lactation Center
Our Outpatient Lactation Center, located in the Center for Healthy Living, is open to all prospective and new mothers in our community. Our board-certified (IBCLC) lactation consultants, who are also registered nurses, are available for individual consultations.
While every breastfeeding mother is welcome to schedule an appointment, it is suggested that you schedule a consultation if:
- Breastfeeding is painful
- Your baby has slow weight gain (goal is four to eight ounces per week for the first three months)
- Your baby is not meeting diaper output (a minimum of three to four stools and six wet diapers per day after day five)
- It is recommended by your obstetrician or your child’s pediatrician, or you feel you need support with feeding your baby
Insurance is accepted for these office visits. The Center also sells essential breastfeeding products and has a rental program for Medela Symphony Breast Pumps. For more information, or to schedule a consultation, please call 781-756-4788.
Online Prenatal Breastfeeding Education
If you’re considering breastfeeding, join our free, online Prenatal Breastfeeding Class. We offer education, information and support as you weigh your decision.
The class is taught by registered nurses who are also international board-certified lactation consultants.
Please register for a class date that is four to six weeks before your due date.
Call us at 781-756-4700 for more details.
Visit these resources for more breastfeeding information and support.
- Infant Risk Center. Information on over-the-counter and prescription medications.
- KellyMom.com. Written by a lactation consultant, this blog offers tips on common feeding issues.
- Latching Images. This website shows how to latch your baby.
- US Office on Women's Health. Breastfeeding facts and resources.
- ZipMilk. Search for lactation consultants near you.
Services We Offer
- Assistance in breastfeeding just after birth
- Inpatient breastfeeding support
- Nursing support group
- Outpatient lactation clinic visits
Services & Specialties
Your Winchester Hospital breastfeeding support team coordinates care with other specialty providers across our hospital. This ensures you receive comprehensive, streamlined care.