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Support for Mother and Baby

Your baby deserves the very best start in life. That's why our team works closely with all new mothers to discuss breastfeeding support and options, and to provide guidance throughout this special time.

Mom breastfeeding newborn baby

Breastfeeding is a natural source of the key nutrients needed during your infant's first year. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that mothers breastfeed for at least the first twelve months of life. Even though a mother's body has everything it needs to provide nourishment to her baby, the act of breastfeeding is a skill that has to be learned by both mother and child.

Penn Ob/Gyn Care provides breastfeeding support via classes, discussion groups, and lactation consultants. In addition, the Solutions for Women at Pennsylvania Hospital sells a variety of maternity, breastfeeding and new parent products including pumps, nursing bras, abdominal supports, books and more. Learn how Solutions for Women is dedicated to helping you meet your infant feeding goals.

Penn Medicine is also proud to be part of the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI), an international breastfeeding education and support program.

Recognized for Excellence in Lactation Care

The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Pennsylvania Hospital received the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE) Care Award for excellence in lactation care. We have International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs) on staff and provide a lactation program that is available five to seven days a week for breastfeeding families. Our consultants train our medical staff members who care for new families, and have completed activities that help protect, promote, and support breastfeeding. 

Choosing Not to Breastfeed

Your choice to breastfeed or not to breastfeed is a personal decision. Do not let others negatively influence your decision. For some, breastfeeding is not possible due to varying circumstances or breastfeeding may not be a mother's preferred method of feeding her baby. Some mothers may decide to breastfeed for only a short period of time after her baby is born or supplement with infant formula.

In place of breastfeeding, infant formulas are food products designed to provide for the nutritional needs of infants.

In This Section

The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative

Penn Medicine is proud to be part of the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative.

What to Expect After Delivery

Our team is dedicated to creating a nurturing environment for mom and baby directly after delivery, to help foster the special bond between you and your little one.

Care Guides

Find resources and guides to help you breastfeed successfully.

Ask a Question

Do you have a question about breastfeeding? Submit your question here, and one of our experts will promptly respond.

Solutions for Women Boutique

Solutions for Women at Pennsylvania Hospital is a unique boutique offering a variety of distinct life-enhancing health care items, including specialty women's health, maternity and breastfeeding support products, as well as outpatient lactation services.

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