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.

Learn about breastfeeding

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. Swedish also offers breastfeeding support groups.

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

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