Breastfeeding Support

APD's certified lactation team visits nursing mothers in The Birthing Center and provides private consultations by appointment. Support for nursing moms after discharge is always available.
(603) 448-7411
24-hour “Warm Line for Nursing Mothers” for APD patients only.

A Healthy Start

APD is proud to be among the first hospitals in the United States to be awarded the designation of “Baby-Friendly Hospital.” In fact, the Birthing Center was the first Baby-Friendly Hospital in New Hampshire. The designation is presented by UNICEF and the World Health Organization to “baby-friendly” hospitals that protect, support, and promote breastfeeding. Learn more about the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative.

Our Lactation Program

Our award-winning lactation program provides comprehensive, professional services for nursing mothers and their families. Breastfeeding is an important way for mother and child to bond, and studies have found breastfeeding has direct health benefits for mothers and babies. Experience birth at a Baby-Friendly Hospital versus a typical hospital in this light-hearted Rap Video.

Our expert lactation consultants and counselors offer support to guide nursing mothers through the process of learning to feed their babies successfully. This support is available as needed after APD parents return home. For additional information or assistance, please call our certified lactation team at (603) 448-7411.

Breastfeeding Tips for New Mothers and Babies #BornAtAPD

Our certified lactation consultants and counselors offer the following tips for new mothers who are breastfeeding to help make their experience successful:

Put your baby skin-to-skin on your bare chest immediately after birth and anytime you wish. Your baby will naturally seek your breast.

Assure that your baby is properly positioned and latched at the breast to avoid nipple soreness and ensure that baby gets the milk available. Ask for assistance from your nurse anytime you need it.

Watch the baby, not the clock. Feed the baby at early signs of hunger cues, and feed as often and as long as your baby desires. Most babies don't settle into a definite feeding or sleep schedule until at least two months of age. While some babies might feed every 1 1/2 to 2 hours at first, others feed “banquet style,” clustering several feedings fairly close together before falling into a deep sleep.

Sleep when the baby sleeps. Fatigue is the #1 stress for new parents. Short naps while baby is sleeping can be very rejuvenating. Take time to settle into your new family routines and limit visitors. Too many visitors may add to your fatigue.

When in doubt, hold your baby. Babies are made to be held. They are comforted and feel safe by close human contact. Their systems regulate better and oxygenate more efficiently when they are held. 

If you have any pain while breastfeeding, seek help immediately. Although some discomfort can be associated with early breastfeeding, sharp pain, pinching, blisters or cracks are not considered normal. Contact a Lactation Consultant or Counselor for assessment and/or advice.

Delay the use of pacifiers and bottles until breastfeeding is firmly established, or at least until 3-4 weeks. Avoid supplementing with formula unless medically indicated. Supplementing with formula may decrease your milk supply and may increase your baby’s risks to allergy and illness.

Don't hesitate to ask for help: You can contact the Breastfeeding Warm Line at the Birthing Center 24 hours a day at (603) 448-7411 for breastfeeding support, or to set up an appointment with our Lactation Team. Another resource includes your local La Leche League Leaders, who provide support and local group meetings. To find one, call (800)525-3243.

The Birthing Center at APD is a Baby-Friendly Hospital with one of the top rates of patient satisfaction in the nation.

Information and Resources for New Mothers

Breastfeeding Organizations

La Leche League International is the leader in breastfeeding support and information. Local group meetings occur monthly worldwide.
Massachusetts Breastfeeding Coalition  Easy to read frequently asked questions on breastfeeding, and much more.
BreastfeedLA Flyers and info on breastfeeding.
Office on Women’s Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Information on all aspects of breastfeeding. Much of the information in “The Breastfeeding Guide” is included in our discharge instructions at APD’s Birthing Center.
Breastfeeding Inc. Website of Dr. Jack Newman with up-to-date information and resources on breastfeeding, including video clips.
Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine. Professional site with breastfeeding protocols.
INFACT Canadian organization promoting breastfeeding; resources and fact sheets.

Advice from Lactation Consultants and Providers

Kellymom Parenting / Breastfeeding Breastfeeding information covering many topics, including evidence-based articles on breastfeeding, sleep and parenting.
Breastfeeding USA mother to mother support and information, including research.
ISIS — Infant Sleep Information Source. Information on infant sleep based upon latest UK and worldwide research.
Breastfeeding Basics Website by Lactation Consultant with articles on various breastfeeding topics.
Breastfeeding Online Site of Dr. Jack Newman, a breastfeeding advocate. Many articles and issues covering common and special issues in breastfeeding. Online consultation available for a minimal fee.
Baby Center. Information on breastfeeding, plus a problem solver.
www.bfar.org Information on breastfeeding after breast reduction surgery.
www.lowmilksupply.org Information form mothers who experience low milk supply.

Work and Breastfeeding

Work and Pump Info on working and breastfeeding by a working mom.
How to Use a Breast Pump
Breastfeeding and Returning to Work from a Texas WIC program.
Pumping Strategies: Choosing the Flange Size
The Business Case for Breastfeeding Information on breastfeeding and work, plus websites for support.
Breastfeeding Basics Articles on many breastfeeding topics, including introducing bottle to BF baby for mom going to work.

Videos

“How to Breastfeed – Deep Latch Technique” 
“How to get a Newborn to Latch” featuring the Nipple flip technique.
“Attaching Your Baby at the Breast - Global Health Media Breastfeeding Series” 
“How to Express Breast Milk”  technique on hand expression.
“Paced Bottle Feeding” for a breastfed baby who needs a bottle.