Breastfeeding has many benefits, both for babies and their mothers. Even though breastfeeding is a natural process, it’s not always easy. Many mothers need extra help getting started and support after they return home from the hospital. University of Colorado Health is committed to helping you successfully breastfeed your baby.
Expert guidance from lactation consultants
UCHealth offers a full range of breastfeeding support services, regardless of where you deliver your baby. All UCHealth lactation consultants in our Denver, Colorado Springs and Fort Collins locations are specially trained to teach proven breastfeeding methods and provide personal support and counseling.
Our lactation services include:
- One-on-one consultations
- WeeSteps lactation program
- Breastfeeding support groups
- Premature infant breastfeeding support
- Back to work breastfeeding support
- Breast pump sales and rentals
- Donor milk services
Getting started with breastfeeding
The “golden hour” immediately after birth is a crucial time for bonding with your baby which improves your ability to breastfeed.
To promote bonding and help breastfeeding get off to the right start, we encourage you to hold your baby skin-to-skin as much as possible in the hours and days after birth. Rooming-in (keeping your baby in your room during your hospital stay) helps with that process.
When mother's milk isn't available, donor breast milk may help your baby thrive and grow. To learn more about securing or donating breast milk, ask to speak with one of our lactation consultants.
UCHealth's Poudre Valley Hospital and Medical Center of the Rockies have been designated Baby-Friendly Hospitals. This means they have created the best possible environment for mothers to successfully breastfeed their babies.