The Valley Hospital Center for Childbirth supports and encourages breastfeeding. All Labor and Delivery, Mother/Baby, NICU, and Pediatric nurses are trained to assist you with breastfeeding in the hospital. In addition, an International Board Certified Lactation consultant (IBCLC) is available to assist you in the hospital for challenging situations.
Download our "Best Practices for You and Your Baby" brochure.
How Valley Supports Breastfeeding:
Valley has received its Registry of Intent from Baby-Friendly USA, which is a step towards designation as a Baby-Friendly hospital. Baby-Friendly hospitals are more than just breastfeeding friendly hospitals; they are family-friendly places where all informed choices are honored and respected. Click here for more information.
The Valley Hospital supports skin-to-skin contact in which your baby is placed belly-down, directly on your chest, right after he or she is born. This is the best start to breastfeeding, as skin-to-skin babies breastfeed better and keep breastfeeding longer. Click here for more information.
The Magic Hour
Valley refers to the first hour after birth as the “Magic Hour”. Your baby is placed skin-to-skin on your chest, and your healthcare team will care for the two of you as your baby transitions to life outside of the womb. Valley recommends that you preserve this special time of bonding by limiting visitors for this first hour.
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Benefits of Breastfeeding
When it comes to breastfeeding, there are many benefits for both mother and baby. Click here to read a blog post from Beth A. McGovern, MSN, RNC-OB, Clinical Practice Specialist. Click here to see a few provided by Baby Friendly USA.
Breastfeeding Basics Class:
The Center for Family Education offers a complimentary Breastfeeding Basics class that covers the advantages of breastfeeding, getting off to a good start in the hospital, techniques that work, positions that are comfortable, signs of adequate infant intake, returning to work, collection and storage of breast milk, and correct use of pumping equipment. Click here to see all of our Family Education Classes, select Breastfeeding Basics, and choose an upcoming date and register for this class.
After you leave the hospital, the following lactation resources are available to you:
Breastfeeding Support Group meets every Thursday, except holidays, from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. in the Dorothy B. Kraft Center, 15 Essex Road, Paramus, NJ. No registration is required and there is no fee. An IBCLC facilitates the group.
Breastfeeding Support Warm Line – 201-447-8722. Support by an IBCLC is only a phone call away.
Mother’s Milk Class – This class is designed for the parents of babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and reviews the benefits of mother’s milk for hospitalized infants. The class is offered two mornings per week by an IBCLC.
Outpatient Lactation Consultants are available by appointment for a fee. Sessions are held at an offsite facility. These consultations may be covered by your insurance company. Please contact your insurance provider prior to making your first appointment to determine your benefit. To make an appointment, please call 201-291-6152.
Breast Pumps: Please be advised that The Valley Hospital does not rent or sell breast pumps. If you plan to rent a Symphony hospital-grade electric breast pump, please click here for contact information on local Medela breast pump rental stations. Please be sure to check with your insurance company to determine your benefit.
If you are interested in purchasing your own pump, click here to visit the Edgepark Medical Supplies website. Edgepark Medical Supplies assists in making the process as easy and as hassle-free as possible, and will contact your health insurance and doctor to confirm coverage. We recommend that your start to make arrangements prior to delivery.
American Academy of Pediatrics
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
International Lactation Consultant Association
The Joint Commission: What You Need to Know About Breastfeeding
http://www.jointcommission.org/assets/1/6 /Speakup_Breastfeeding_brochure.pdf (English)
http://www.jointcommission.org/assets/1/6 /Speakup_Breastfeeding_brochure_Spanish.pdf (Spanish)
La Leche League International
National Breastfeeding Helpline
Speak with a trained breastfeeding peer counselor in English or Spanish, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. If you call after hours, leave a message and your call will be returned on the next business day.
State of New Jersey: The Early Childhood, Parenting and Professional Resource Center
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: An Easy Guide to Breastfeeding
Click here for the English version.
Click here for the Spanish version.
Zip Milk: Locate a Lactation Consultation in Your Area