Congratulations, We're Excited About Your Decision to Breastfeed
Breastfeeding allows you to provide your child with nutrition and nurturing that is so important during the early stages of life. In fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics says breastfeeding alone can satisfy your infant’s entire nutritional needs for the first six months of life. Breastfeeding also gives you quality time with your child, where they can feel safe, secure and loved.
Many women choose to strengthen the mother/child bond and give their babies the best in nutrition by breastfeeding. Sometimes they need a little extra help learning the techniques and benefits of breastfeeding. That's why Florida Hospital has opened a comprehensive Lactation Center. Staffed by nurses who are International Board-Certified Lactation Consultants, the Breastfeeding Center at Florida Hospital offers personalized care and services, including:
· Breastfeeding classes
· Educational materials
· Private Consultants
· Breast pump sales and rental
· Baby care books and supplies
· Community programs
· In-hospital support
· Ongoing Mother/Baby lunch group meetings
· In-service education to health care professionals
· The Breastfeeding Support Line 407-303-7650 or 800-523-8941
The purpose of the Breastfeeding Center is to promote, educate, and assist health care professionals, families and others in the community in the breastfeeding process. Lactation consultants and supplies are available by appointment at Florida Hospital Orlando, Altamonte, Celebration Health and Winter Park.
Why You Should Breastfeed
Breastfeeding is good for the baby and the mother. A mother’s milk has just what your baby needs – fat, sugar, water and protein – all in the right amounts. Most babies digest mother’s milk better than formula and the antibodies in the milk can help fight infection and disease. In addition to creating a close bond between mother and child, nursing uses up extra calories so it’s easier to shed pounds gained while pregnant.
To help you with breastfeeding, Florida Hospital Breastfeeding Centers have a team of 21 internationally board-certified Lactation Consultants on hand to answer your questions, provide consultation, arrange for breast pumps and teach you how to properly breastfeed. They are there every step of the way, so you can learn to breastfeed correctly and successfully.
Breastfeeding Friendship Network
Once a week breastfeeding moms and babies meet at the Breastfeeding Center at all four of our Florida Hospital locations to discuss issues, share information and swap stories. A single meeting costs $8 or you can buy three meetings for $20 (a light lunch is provided). Call (407) 303-7650 for more information about the Breastfeeding Friendship Network.
Mom's Store and Breastfeeding Center
Having the right equipment and supplies can be really helpful when you’re a new parent. Our Florida Hospital Mom's Store and Breastfeeding Center has a selection of rental items and products for purchase that can give you that all-important head start. From breast pumps to “New Dad” hats and bubblegum cigars, there’s something for everyone in our Mom's Store and Breastfeeding Center.
2520 N. Orange Ave. Suite 103
Orlando, FL 32804
Hours: Monday - Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Convenient parking behind the building.