Baby-friendly hospitals

pregnancy and childbirth careUCHealth’s Poudre Valley Hospital, Medical Center of the Rockies, University of Colorado Hospital, and Memorial Hospitals Central and North have been designated as Baby-Friendly hospitals. Longs Peak Hospital is on the journey to obtain Baby Friendly designation, and all UCHealth hospitals strive to create the best possible environment for mothers to successfully breastfeed their babies.

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. UCHealth 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 available in person or virtually
  • Lactation support program
  • Breastfeeding support groups (see below)
  • 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 get breastfeeding 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.

Breastfeeding support groups

Support groups are currently cancelled due to COVID-19. Virtual support groups are available at select UCHealth locations. Please call facility of choice for more information.

Your decision to breastfeed is good for you and your baby. UCHealth hosts free weekly breastfeeding support groups at facilities along the Front Range. In this group, you will have an opportunity to meet other moms, ask questions and address concerns with a postpartum RN or a lactation consultant. No registration is required.

Find breastfeeding support groups


Southern Colorado:
Memorial Hospital North
Meets every Tuesday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the Peak View Room, Mom/Baby Unit, 2nd floor
4050 Briargate Parkway
Colorado Springs, CO 80920
Questions? Call 719.364.5997

Metro Denver:
Lone Tree Health Center
Meets every Monday from 10 to 11:30 a.m.
9548 Park Meadows Drive
Lone Tree, CO 80124
Questions? Call 720.848.1741

University of Colorado Hospital
Meets on Wednesdays from 1:30 to 2:45 p.m. on the third floor of the Anschutz Outpatient Pavilion
1635 Aurora Court
Aurora, CO 80045
Questions? Call 720.848.1741

Northern Colorado:

Greeley Hospital
Meets every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to noon
6767 W. 29th Street
Greeley, CO 80634
Questions? Call 970.652.2529

Longs Peak Hospital
Meets every Monday at 10 a.m. on the third floor in Conference Room A
1750 E. Ken Pratt Boulevard
Longmont, CO 80504
Questions? Call 720.718.3199

Medical Center of the Rockies
Meets every Tuesday from 10 a.m. to noon, and Thursdays from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on the lower level of MCR
2500 Rocky Mountain Avenue
Loveland, CO 80538
Questions? Call 970.624.5120

Poudre Valley Hospital
Meets every Thursday at 10 a.m. to noon and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to noon at Westbridge Medical Suites in the Westbridge Conference Center
Our lactation team also offers a NICU support group for parents on Mondays from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the NICU parent lounge

1107 S. Lemay Avenue
Fort Collins, CO 80524
Questions? Call 970.495.8283

Yampa Valley Medical Center
Meets every Wednesday from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Birth Center Family Room
1024 Central Park Drive
Steamboat Springs, CO 80487
Questions? Call 970.871.2412

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