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Breastfeeding is the ideal way to feed your baby and is highly recommended by health experts around the world...and right here at Silver Cross Hospital. Our certified lactation consultants have trained our mother-baby nurses to help you with breastfeeding throughout your stay. They're also available to answer any questions after you've gone home.

Benefits of Breastfeeding

Your breast milk is made specifically for your baby and breastfeeding provides many benefits to you as well.

  • Your body provides just the right amount of nutrients for your growing baby.
  • Breast milk changes to meet your growing baby's needs and is easy to digest.
  • Breastfeeding leads to less health issues for baby such as colic, constipation and diarrhea. Breastfeeding has also been shown to decrease the chances for your baby developing asthma, food allergies, ear aches, colds and eczema.
  • Breastfeeding is very inexpensive.
  • Night feedings are much more convenient.
  • Breastfeeding helps restore your pre-pregnancy figure. Breastfeeding moms have found that weight loss can be easier, and it helps your uterus return to its normal size.
  • Breastfeeding has been shown to establish a strong bond between you and your baby.

Nutrition when Breastfeeding

Just like you did during your pregnancy, you need to eat a variety of healthy foods while you're breastfeeding. In addition, breastfeeding requires 500 extra calories a day, which enables your body to make the milk required by your baby. Remember to stay hydrated with 8 to 10 glasses of water a day, and nourish yourself with balanced meals and snacks.

To reach our lactation staff, please call 815-300-7321.

Support to Get You Started and Keep You Going

Breastfeeding Class

Learn the basics of breastfeeding including establishing a good milk supply, avoiding difficulties, using breast pumps, and more. Participants are welcome to attend before the birth of their baby. You're welcome to bring a support person for no extra charge.

Need Help?

Breastfeeding support groups are a wonderful way to exchange information and experiences. The meetings are led by certified lactation consultants.

Register to Attend Breastfeeding Support Groups

Physicians on Silver Cross Hospital’s Medical Staff have expertise in their areas of practice to meet the needs of patients seeking their care. These physicians are independent practitioners on the Medical Staff and are not the agents or employees of Silver Cross Hospital. They treat patients based upon their independent medical judgment and they bill patients separately for their services.