The Lactation Center at Memorial Hospital West
The Memorial Hospital West Lactation Center is available to serve your nursing needs from the first moment of your pregnancy through your stay in the hospital – and throughout your baby's first year of life and beyond. We are staffed with international board-certified lactation consultants, as well as other trained staff to help meet your needs.
The benefits of breastfeeding are numerous. Breast milk is simply the perfect nutrition for a baby. Breastfed babies have fewer childhood illnesses, ear infections and allergies, and breast milk benefits the baby's immune system. Higher IQ levels have even been found in breastfed babies. It is convenient, since milk is always available at the right temperature and there are no bottles to clean.
Perhaps an even greater benefit is the close bond formed between mother and baby while breastfeeding. Mother and baby relax together. For the mother, breastfeeding offers many advantages such as reduced risks for breast cancer, ovarian cancer and osteoporosis. Following delivery, breastfeeding aids in returning the mother's system to pre-pregnancy condition. Studies have shown that the longer breastfeeding continues, the better for both mother and baby.
Nursing Classes and Support Groups
Breastfeeding classes are available for mom and baby (dads and grandparents are welcome and encouraged to attend). Register by calling (954) 844-7110; for Memorial Regional Hospital classes, please call (954) 265-5930.
If you have any questions or concerns about your upcoming breastfeeding experience, feel free to attend our support groups or call (954) 844-6880.
Nursing in the Hospital
Based upon the American Academy of Pediatrics policy statement, we recommend that breastfeeding begin as soon as possible after the birth of your baby, preferably within the first hour of life. All of Memorial's nurses have attended special training taught by the lactation consultants and can assist you in getting off to a good start with breastfeeding your baby. The lactation consultants are available to assist you with any special needs.
Should your baby spend any time in the neonatal intensive care unit, it is very important that the baby receive the milk that only you can provide. We encourage breastfeeding or providing expressed breast milk for your baby based on the baby's readiness to feed.
Nursing After Discharge
For general questions and concerns, feel free to call the Memorial Hospital West Lactation Center at any time. If you are experiencing minor difficulties and would like additional help, please call for an appointment with a lactation consultant (a fee applies for this service).
Nursing Moms Support Group at Memorial Hospital West
We encourage you to join our Nursing Moms Support Group held at the Memorial Hospital West Fitness and Rehabilitation Center located on the east side of the hospital campus. A lactation consultant will be available to answer your questions and to facilitate the group.
Meetings are for all ages and are held on the second and fourth Monday of each month at 12:30pm.
Nursing Equipment and Supplies
Pump rentals and supplies are available in the Memorial Hospital West on-site pharmacy.
Is Your Doctor a Memorial Doctor?
To find a physician who is committed to South Florida healthcare services, call Memorial Physician Referral Service toll-free at (800) 944-DOCS. We're available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.