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Breastfeeding Support

Bayhealth's Lactation Services are staffed by International Board Certified Lacatation Consultants (IBCLC) to provide the counseling and support you need to breastfeed your baby, including education on breastfeeding techniques, addressing concerns and helping with breastfeeding challenges.

Bayhealth is Baby-Friendly® Designated

Through a comprehensive and rigorous approval process, Bayhealth achieved Baby-Friendly® Designation through a global program launched by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). Our team at Bayhealth meets the required criteria by providing excellence in infant nutrition services and educational training for improved infant feeding outcomes.
Bayhealth specialists provide an optimal level of care for newborn feeding and mother/baby bonding.

Contact Bayhealth Lactation Services

Please contact our team at 302-744-7233 for questions about lactation services.

Classes and Support Groups

Classes are taught by an International Board Certified lactation consultant.

Breastfeeding 101: A FREE class that teaches the basics about breastfeeding and why it is best for your baby!

Pumping Milk and More: Learn the ins and outs and what kind of pump works best based on personal circumstances

Breastfeeding Support Group: Get support and help you need to succeed. These support groups are facilitated by qualified breastfeeding peer counselors or lactation consultants.

NICU Support Group: Get support for those special issues and emotions related to having a baby in a special unit – facilitated by a Peer Counselor who has been in those shoes. Please contact Lactation Services at 302-744-7233 for more information.

Following the 10 Steps to Successful Breastfeeding

  1. Have a written Breastfeeding policy that is communicated to all staff.
  2. Train all staff in the skills necessary to implement the policy.
  3. Inform all pregnant women about the benefits and management of breastfeeding.
  4. Help all mothers implement breastfeeding within one hour of birth.
  5. Show mothers how to breastfeed and maintain lactation even if they should be separated from the infants.
  6. Give newborn infants no food or drink other than breast milk, unless medically indicated.
  7. Practice rooming-in. Allows mothers and infants to remain together 24 hours a day.
  8. Encouraged breastfeeding on demand.
  9. Give no artificial teats or pacifiers.
  10. Foster the establishment of breastfeeding support groups and refer mothers to them on discharge from the hospital or clinic.


Helpful Resources

Delaware WIC Program
Lactation support and encouragement is available to all WIC eligible prenatal and breastfeeding mothers. The services are provided at all 11 WIC clinics in Delaware. This program also provides services in Spanish. Call 1-800-222-2189.

La Leche League
Provides mother-to-mother breastfeeding support. Sussex County Michelle, 302-542-0508 or michelle.mcintire@state.de.us Kent County Heather, 302-242-7668 or myeclecticlife@gmail.com

Breastfeeding Coalition of Delaware

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Office on Women’s Health