Breastfeeding and Bonding
Winchester Medical Center is very pleased to announce that we have been
awarded four stars from the Breastfeeding-Friendly Designation Program.
The five star program awards a star for every two steps achieved in the
Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding as defined by the
World Health Organization (WHO) and
Baby Friendly USA. Our staff is dedicated to supporting you on your breastfeeding journey.
Breastfeeding not only provides important nutrients and antibodies, but
it also aids in developing an emotional relationship between you and your baby.
All new mothers need support, and we are here to provide resources and
information on feeding your baby. Please
visit our page with helpful links, book reccomendations and local breastfeeding support
groups. After delivery, all new mothers are given the option to meet with
one of our three Board Certified Lactation Consultants for help, support
and information on feeding your new baby. Other ways we can help you bond
with your baby and support you in breastfeeding include:
- Ample time spent skin-to-skin with your baby after delivery
- The opportunity to “room-in” with your baby
- Delaying the baby’s first bath for several hours
If you would like to see a lactation consultant after taking your baby
home from the hospital, please call 540-536-8741.
If you are interested in learning more about breastfeeding, please
see our class options here.