The basics on breastfeeding
Breastfeeding has lots of health benefits for both moms and babies, some of which we’re just beginning to discover. Many moms find it to be a rewarding experience that helps them bond with their child, while babies get the perfect first food to help them grow. Breastfeeding is less expensive than formula feeding, and gives babies immunities and “good” bacteria that can help protect them from illness.
Although it’s the most natural thing in the world, breastfeeding is something that both moms and babies need to learn together. Most of the time this happens quickly and easily. Our breastfeeding techniques page will give you advice on different ways to position yourself and the baby. You can also get tips on expressing and storing milk, nutrition for nursing moms, and feeding frequency. Another great resource is our Lytle Center, where you can get help from our lactation specialists.
Of course, breastfeeding can have its challenges, and you’ll want to read our problem-solving guide for help with troubleshooting.
To make an appointment with an outpatient lactation consultant, call:
- Ballard: 206-215-9853
- Edmonds: 425-640-4072
- First Hill: 206-215-9853
- Issaquah: 425-313-7000
Breastfeeding Support Group
We also offer breastfeeding support groups for moms who have questions about breastfeeding, want to check on baby's growth or are looking for support from other mothers but don't feel they need a one-on-one consultation. No pre-registration is required. Breastfeeding support groups are held at the following locations:
- Ballard: Mondays from 2-3:30 p.m.
Fee: $10. (206-215-9853)
- Issaquah: Thursdays from 1-2:30 p.m.
Fee: $10. (425-313-2377)
- Edmonds: Fridays from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Fee: Free. (425-673-3352)
Breastfeeding Drop-in Group Session at the Lytle Center
This session is led by a lactation consultant and is ideal for new moms who have feeding questions. Get a quick assessment of baby's latch and a weight check. No pre-registration is required. For more information, call 206-918-9853
- Tuesdays-Saturdays, arrive anytime between 10:30-11 a.m.
Fee: $15. (Medicaid accepted)