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.
Benefits of Breastfeeding
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.Learn More
Local Resources for Breastfeeding Support
Outpatient Lactation Clinic
Our Outpatient Lactation service offers one-on-one consultations between new mothers and Certified Lactation Consultant or Lactation Educator 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. Call 805-737-3395 to arrange a visit.
Breastfeeding Mothers Support Group
The Breastfeeding Support Group meets the second and fourth Friday of Each Month 10 am - 11 am and provides support and guidance to breastfeeding mothers in the Lompoc Valley. The Support Group is facilitated by our lactation professionals. Come share your ideas and concerns with our team and other mothers. An infant scale is available at every session.
When it comes to your baby, you can never be prepared enough. Having the support of a lactation consultant before you start breastfeeding can make the experience a lot easier.
Getting to Know Your Breastfeeding Baby
Breastfed babies will wake up frequently to nurse, even during the night. This is good for your baby and good for increasing and maintaining your milk production.Learn More
Breastfeeding women have expressed (removed) milk by hand for generations. Hand expression may take a few sessions to learn. Once you know how to hand expressing gets easier.Learn More
Breastfeeding Articles from our Blog
Health Concerns of Using Cannabis While Breastfeeding
California law allows adults 21 and older to use, carry and grow cannabis, although federal law prohibits its use. As of Jan. 1, the Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act details where California residents can use cannabis, how...
Moms Facing Challenges in Breastfeeding Can Find Help
Did you know that one of the most common reasons given why new mothers discontinue breastfeeding during the first few weeks is due to sore nipples? Breastfeeding is not supposed to hurt but the fact is, most mothers will experience some degree of...
Untangling Breastfeeding Problems Caused by Tongue and Lip Ties
When many pregnant women picture their future babies, they imagine being able to breastfeed their infants to provide them nourishment and to keep them healthy and growing. Unfortunately, breastfeeding issues can arise for many reasons, such as food...