Congratulations to you and your family on the birth of your baby! We wish you all the joy and happiness that go with caring for your newborn child. At Cedars-Sinai Medical Center we provide comprehensive breastfeeding support and care.
Breastfeeding is a joyful and satisfying experience for most mothers and babies. Studies show that breastmilk provides the best nutrition for your infant’s growth and development as well as extremely valuable health benefits for baby and mother. Most women are able to successfully breastfeed soon after delivery. Occasionally a little extra help is needed. Our lactation program at Cedars Sinai Medical Center is here to provide you with the best possible start to breastfeeding.
PRENATAL BREASTFEEDING CLASS
We encourage expectant couples to attend a breastfeeding class such as the one we offer through our Prenatal Program. A little information on what to expect in those first hours and days after your baby’s birth can help to reduce anxiety. You can register for the breastfeeding class by calling 310-423-5168, or going online to www.cedars-sinai.edu/prenataled.
THE LACTATION CENTER
The Lactation Center is the heart of our Lactation Program and is located on the 3rd floor North Tower, adjacent to the Labor and Delivery Suites. It includes a retail breastfeeding store which is open 6 days a week and carries a wide selection of products for your breastfeeding needs. The Center staff is trained in bra fitting to assist you with the appropriate selection of nursing bras. In addition, the Lactation Center has a dedicated phone line for discharged patients to call in for help with breastfeeding questions. Your questions will be answered by a certified lactation educator or a board certified Lactation Consultant.
Once you have delivered your baby and are on the Mother/Baby Unit, you will be assisted with breastfeeding by our nursing staff who have all received training in basic breast feeding support. In addition, we have a team of board certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLC) who provide services seven days a week. Breastfeeding mothers are seen by a consultant at some point during their stay to cover basic breastfeeding management and answer any questions you may have. You will be given a feeding log to track your baby’s feeds and written breastfeeding guidelines on what to expect in the first 4 days of life. Instructions in the use of special breast feeding devices and equipment is provided, if necessary. In most cases one visit is all that is needed to help mom and baby get off to a good start. Should the need arise you may request additional visits from lactation. Please let your nurse know or contact the Lactation Center at 310-423-5312.
After you and your baby return home there are several ways to get breastfeeding help, information, and supplies.
- CSMC Lactation Center for phone help or products as well as the names and
numbers of board certified Lactation Consultants in your area 310-423-5312
- CSMC 24-Hour Breastfeeding Information Warmline 800-972-6003 (pre-recorded messages) 310-423-2599
Always be sure to contact your pediatrician or obstetrician if you have any medical concerns for baby or you.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AND TO CONTACT US
To order supplies from the Lactation Center:
|Call us at 310-423-5312|
|Visit us Monday - Saturday 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM|
|We accept most credit cards and cash; no checks please.|
|Email us at: Linda.Kingsley@cshs.org|
|OR at: Naira.Aleksanyan@cshs.org|
Freestyle Hands-Free Breastpump
Pump in Style Metro Bag
Pump in Style Advanced Backpack/Shoulder Bag Breast pump
Swing Breast pump
Harmony Manual Breastpump
Nursing Stool (Natural/White Finish)
Pump & Save Breastmilk Bags (50 pack)
Quick Clean Wipes
Sleep Bra $17.00
Outside Lactation Resources
- www.aap.org American Academy of Pediatrics
- www.acog.org American Congress of Obstetricians & Gynecologists
- www.ilca.org International Lactation Consultant Association
- www.lalecheleague.org La Leche League International
- www.breastfeedla.org Breastfeeding Task Force of Greater Los Angeles
- www.usbreastfeeding.org United States Breastfeeding Committee
- www.lowmilksupply.org Information and support for breastfeeding mothers with possible low milk supply. (Please consult with a Lactation Consultant as well.)
- www.bfar.org Breastfeeding After Reduction Surgery