How Valley Supports Breastfeeding
We encourage and support breastfeeding through the following practices and activities:
Kangaroo Care: Skin-to-Skin Contact
The Valley Hospital supports skin-to-skin contact, also known as kangaroo care. With skin-to-skin, 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.
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 birth team will care for the two of you as your baby transitions to life outside of the womb. In addition to promoting bonding between parents and baby, placing a baby skin-to-skin can help initiate breastfeeding and control your baby's heart rate, breathing and body temperature. Valley recommends that you preserve this special time of bonding by limiting visitors for this first hour.
In-Hospital Breastfeeding Support
Our nurses in Labor and Delivery, Mother/Baby, NICU, and pediatric units are trained to assist you with breastfeeding in the hospital. In addition, a certified lactation consultant is available to assist you in the hospital for challenging situations.
Breastfeeding Basics Class
The Center for Family Education offers a breastfeeding basics class that covers:
- Getting off to a good start in the hospital
- Techniques that work
- Positions that are comfortable
- Signs of adequate infant intake
- Returning to work and collection and storage of breast milk
- Correct use of pumping equipment
Browse our event calendar to find upcoming Breastfeeding Basics class dates and to register.
Breastfeeding Support at Home
After you leave the hospital, the following lactation resources are available to you:
- Breastfeeding Support Group: Meets every Thursday, except holidays, from 12 to 1 p.m. at The Valley Hospital Center for Family Education located at 140 East Ridgewood Avenue, 5th Floor North, Paramus, NJ. No registration is required and there is no fee. A certified lactation consultant facilitates the group.
- Breastfeeding Support Warm Line: Support from a certified lactation consultant is only a phone call away, 201-447-8722.
- Mother’s Milk Class: This class is designed for the parents of babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). It reviews the benefits of mother’s milk for hospitalized infants. The class is offered two mornings per week by a certified lactation consultant.
- Outpatient Lactation Consultants: 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 before making your first appointment to determine your benefit. To make an appointment, please call 201-291-6152.
- If you plan to rent a Symphony hospital-grade electric breast pump, download our flyer to find 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 breast pump, visit the Edgepark Medical Supplies website. Edgepark Medical Supplies assists in making the process as easy and hassle-free as possible, and they will contact your health insurance and doctor to confirm coverage. We recommend that you start to make arrangements before delivery.
National Breastfeeding Helpline - 1-800-994-9662
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.
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