Lactation and Breastfeeding
Breastfeeding provides an infant with essential calories, vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients for optimal growth, health, and development. Breast milk contains the right balance of nutrients to help your infant grow into a strong and healthy toddler. Some of the nutrients in breast milk also help protect your infant against some common childhood illnesses and infections. Breastfeeding is beneficial to both you and your infant and also offers an important opportunity for bonding.
Breastfeeding is natural, but that doesn’t mean it’s always easy. You and your baby may need practice – and almost all moms need a little help, especially in the beginning. But it does get easier with time.
Lactation and Breastfeeding Resources in Lompoc
Outpatient Lactation Service
Is your milk supply low, or too much? Are your milk ducts blocked? Our new Outpatient Lactation service offers one-on-one consultations between new mothers and Certified Lactation Consultants for specialized support and guidance. With a referral from a Pediatrician, Obstetrician or Primary Care Physician, mothers may schedule 30-to-90 minute appointments for private consultations. Appointments may continue as necessary.
Breastfeeding Support Group
Lompoc Valley Medical Center: Hospital sponsors a Breastfeeding Mothers Support Group. Join on Facebook and receive updates about our weekly mother-to-mother support group as well as information and encouragement on your breastfeeding journey!