Breastfeeding support in northern Colorado
There are many breastfeeding benefits for both you and your baby. Breastfeeding can be challenging at first but we offer many breastfeeding services and resources to help you successfully breastfeed your baby.
To 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, also helps establish a good start with breastfeeding.
When mother’s milk isn’t available, donor human milk may help your baby thrive and grow. To learn more about human donor milk, how to donate milk or how to receive donated milk, visit the Mother’s Milk Bank.
If you experience breastfeeding difficulties after you go home, you may call to speak to a certified lactation counselor about your specific concerns. Your concerns may be resolved over the phone or by appointment.
If you have any breastfeeding questions or concerns, we can help through a variety of programs. The following resources are open to all mothers who deliver their babies at Medical Center of the Rockies (MCR) or Poudre Valley Hospital (PVH).
Breastfeeding support groups
PVH, MCR, and Longs Peak Hospital (LPH) have Breastfeeding Support Groups that provide an opportunity to receive help from certified lactation counselors and support from other moms in a comfortable, friendly setting. Children are welcome.
Please visit our classes/events page to find breastfeeding support groups near you.
Back to work support
We encourage you to meet with a lactation counselor to prepare you for breastfeeding success after returning to work. During this visit, the lactation counselor will:
- Teach you how to properly use your breast pump.
- Help you form a plan for pumping and feeding schedules based on your individual needs.
- Help you meet your breastfeeding goals after returning to work.
SCN lactation services
MCR has a Level II Special Care Nursery that mean infants as young as 34 weeks gestation can be cared for. If your baby is a patient in the SCN, a lactation consultant will meet with you to answer your questions, ensure that pumping gets started and provide information on realistic expectations for breastfeeding.
Donor human milk
If you are interested in donating breast milk, contact us at 970.495.8283.