Benefits of Breastfeeding
- Breast milk is natural, economical and convenient.
- Breast milk is the best source of nutrition for the first six months of life.
- It contains appropriate amounts of carbohydrates, proteins and fats, and provides digestive enzymes, minerals, vitamins and hormones that infants require.
- Breast milk contains antibodies that decrease the chance of infection and illness in your newborn.
- Breastfeeding provides an opportunity for you to nurture your baby through close physical contact.
- Breastfeeding generally promotes faster recovery for the mother.
What New Moms Should Know about Breastfeeding
While breastfeeding is often a positive and rewarding experience for mothers, it may also be challenging or difficult-particularly at first. A breastfeeding mother should continue to take care of her baby and herself as she did during her pregnancy.
Avista's International Board Certified Lactation Consultants are well recognized as some of the area's best-and are highly sought out even by moms who delivered at a different hospital. As a breastfeeding mother, you have access to our lactation consultants for support and education before your delivery, while in the hospital and after you go home.
During your stay, a board certified lactation consultant is available for consultation from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm; however, all of our New Life Center nurses are trained to assist with breastfeeding and are available to provide lactation support to you 24 hours a day.
Mother’s Milk Bank
Do you produce more milk than your baby needs? Did you know that just one ounce of your milk could help feed a micro preemie for an entire day? Many infants have special health needs and require donor human milk feedings in order to thrive. The purpose of the Mother’s Milk Bank is to screen, collect, store and dispense human milk, by prescription only, to these little ones. The program is managed by Rocky Mountain Children’s Health Foundation and Avista Adventist Hospital is the local donation and outreach center.
If you have questions or are interested in participating in the Mother's Milk Bank contact us.
New Moms Luncheon
If you're a new mom, you are encouraged to attend Avista's New Mom's Luncheon, preferably during your baby's second month. We'd love to see you and your new baby, so watch for your special invitation from our Family Life Education Department. There is a minimal fee for this chance to share with other new moms. Lactation consultants are available to answer your breastfeeding questions.
New Mom's Luncheons are held:
- Second Wednesday of each month: 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
To learn more or to make your reservation, contact us.
New Moms Support Group
Please join the Avista's Moms & Babies group located at the Church Ranch Neighborhood Center, Clear Creek Conference Room.
- Monday: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Each week, guest speakers present topics of relevance and interest to parents of infants. A Board Certified Lactation Consultant facilitates the group and will weigh your baby and address casual breastfeeding concerns. Should a concern be best addressed in a private lactation consultation, a consultation will be scheduled for a later date. This is a drop-in group requiring no registration. The group is friendly, open, non-judgmental and consists of mothers and their pre-walking infants.