Nurse your baby more easily with expert guidance from Johnston Health. 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:
- 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.
Prepare for successful breastfeeding by taking Johnston Health’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.
During your stay at Johnston Health 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
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 Tuesdays of each month in the classrooms at the Clayton hospital.