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 and a breastfeeding class specifically for returning to work or school.
To make an appointment with an outpatient lactation consultant, call:
The Stork Shop on the seventh floor in the Birth Center offers a full range of goods for moms and babies, including breastfeeding supplies.
The Comfort & Joy shop caters to moms and babies from pregnancy through the first two years of life. You can purchase breastfeeding supplies and rent a pump here. Call 425-313-7097 to learn more.
Swedish Ballard Midwifery
A full range of lactation services are available in Ballard including: breastfeeding/chestfeeding support, Frenotomies/ tongue tie, infant weight checks, support returning to work. Call 206-781-6080 to learn more.