Breastfeeding Support

Nurse your baby more easily with expert guidance from UNC Health Johnston. Take advantage of classes and one-on-one advice from certified lactation consultants, so you and your newborn can both enjoy the benefits of breastfeeding.

Protect Your Baby’s Health

Breast milk helps protect your baby from illness because it has just the right nutrients and antibodies your infant needs. Breastfed babies have less risk of several conditions, including:

  • Asthma
  • Childhood obesity
  • Diarrhea and vomiting
  • Ear infections
  • Type 2 diabetes

Benefits for Moms

Breastfeeding lowers your risk of Type 2 diabetes, breast cancer, and ovarian cancer. Nursing your baby is more affordable and can be more convenient than bottle-feeding. And breastfeeding may even help you lose weight.

Breastfeeding Class

Learn More

Download our booklet Breastfeeding: A Guide for New Moms [PDF] and view a breastfeeding infographic for detailed advice on nursing your baby.

Prepare for successful breastfeeding by taking UNC Health Johnston’s breastfeeding class during your pregnancy. You and your partner will learn about topics such as:

  • Keeping a good milk supply
  • Positioning and latching
  • Recognizing feeding cues
  • Using a breast pump
  • Waking your baby to nurse

Cost is $30 per couple. To register, call 919-938-7736, or browse upcoming breastfeeding class dates.

Lactation Consultations

During your stay at UNC Health Johnston for labor and delivery, tell your nurse if you plan to breastfeed. One of our internationally board-certified lactation consultants will meet with you in the hospital. Ask for help with latching, nursing comfortably, and making sure your baby gets enough milk.

Breastfeeding Support Group- Canceled until further notice.

Exchange advice and encouragement with fellow nursing mothers in our free breastfeeding support group. You and your children are invited if you’re a Johnston County-area mom, no matter where you delivered your baby. A lactation counselor leads this drop-in group from 10 a.m. to noon the first and third Wednesdays of each month in the classrooms at the Clayton hospital.

Call Us for Help

Call UNC Health Johnston’s breastfeeding warm line at 919-585-8137 when you need guidance from a certified lactation consultant. Leave a voicemail, and we’ll call back within 24 hours.

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