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Lactation Services

Bayhealth's Lactation Services provide the counseling and support you need to breastfeed your baby, including expectant mothers on breastfeeding techniques, addressing concerns and helping with breastfeeding challenges. 

Bayhealth Lactation Services
(302) 744-7233

Classes and Support Groups

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.

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 initiated.
  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
  11. hospital or clinic.

The 10 Steps to Successful Breastfeeding form the basis of the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative, created by UNICEF and World Health Organization.

Helpful Resources

Delaware WIC Program
Lactation support and encouragement 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, Inc

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