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

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 physician, mothers may schedule 30-to-90 minute appointments for private consultations. Appointments may continue as necessary.

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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!

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Breastfeeding Articles from our Health & Wellness 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...

Breastfeeding Benefits for Mom and Baby

The American Academy of Pediatrics has made it a key policy to support and encourage exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of an infant’s life. And to further emphasize the importance of breastfeeding, the academy suggests that mothers...

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...

Importance of Skin-to-Skin Contact and Breastfeeding

During pregnancy, babies are as close to their mothers as they can possibly be, receiving all the necessary things to keep them protected, receiving warmth, food, and oxygen from their mother. Once they are born, they are abrupt without these...

Lasting Benefits of Breastfeeding

The first two years of life are the most critical time periods within a child’s life to ensure the infant is receiving all the essentials needed for proper growth, health, and development. Research has proven breast milk to be a superior source of...