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Breastfeeding Support


We emphasize breastfeeding at Dominican Hospital and offer mothers and families extensive information while also helping moms achieve the confidence and the skills necessary to successfully breastfeed their babies.

Dominican Hospital is proud to have the highest exclusive breastfeeding rate in the Santa Cruz county.

Breastfeeding Offers Many Benefits To Baby

There are many health benefits you can pass directly to your baby through breastfeeding. Just as we support the mom-baby bond during pregnancy and through delivery, we also offer daily support for breastfeeding to further strengthen that bond.

That support begins when you’re still in the hospital where we practice a technique called “rooming-in,” which allows you and your new baby to be together during your entire hospital stay. We help you to start breastfeeding within an hour of birth and we provide additional resources for you once you leave the hospital with your new little bundle of joy.

With our board-certified lactation consultants, we have the expertise and the knowledge to help you and your baby.

Visit our classes and events for more information.

Baby-Friendly Hospital 

The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative was developed by the World Health Organization and United Nations Children’s Fund in an effort to increase breastfeeding rates and in turn, reduce childhood illness and death. Research shows that by offering breastfeeding services in conjunction with Baby-Friendly Hospital practices, we succeed in promoting, protecting and supporting breastfeeding. Mothers delivering at a Baby-Friendly Hospital tend to breastfeed longer than mothers delivering at other hospitals.

Dominican Hospital upholds the World Health Organization/UNICEF “Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding” published in a joint statement entitled “Protecting, Promoting and Supporting Breastfeeding: The Special Role of Maternity Services” 

Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding

Every facility providing maternity services and care for newborn infants should:

  1. Have a written breastfeeding policy that is routinely communicated to all health care staff.
  2. Train all health care staff in the skills necessary to implement this policy.
  3. Inform all pregnant women about the benefits and management of breastfeeding.
  4. Help mothers initiate breastfeeding within one hour of birth.
  5. Show mothers how to breastfeed and how to maintain lactation even if they are separated from their infants.
  6. Give infants no food or drink other than breastmilk, unless medically indicated.
  7. Practice rooming-in – allow mothers and infants to remain together 24 hours a day.
  8. Encourage breastfeeding on demand.
  9. Give no pacifiers or artificial nipples to breastfeeding infants.
  10. Foster the establishment of breastfeeding support groups and refer mothers to them on discharge from the hospital or birth center. 

For more information on breastfeeding tips, please download our Breastfeeding FAQs here.

Learn More About Our Breastfeeding Support

To learn more about our services or to speak with a lactation consultant, call 831.462.7862.