• Breastfeeding Support

  • The American Academy of Pediatrics has long advocated breastfeeding as the best nutrition for baby's short- and long-term health. In the CDC's national assessment of Maternity Practices in Infant Nutrition and Care, Littleton Adventist Hospital's overall score was above both the national and the state average in breastfeeding-related maternity care practices. We have a 95 percent breastfeeding initiation rate.

  • Lactation Clinics & Individual Support

    Littleton Adventist Hospital offers a breastfeeding class, breastfeeding support clinic, as well as individual breastfeeding support. Certified lactation consultants teach our Breastfeeding Classes.

    • Breastfeeding Class -  Before your baby is born, we encourage moms and their birth partners to attend this one-night class to learn more about breastfeeding techniques to better prepare them for the birth of their baby. See a complete class schedule here.
    • Breastfeeding Support Clinic
      The lactation consultants at The BirthPlace offer a breastfeeding support clinic that includes a breastfeeding assessment, baby weight checks, support and education.
      Dates and Times: Mondays (no holidays); Noon-2 p.m.
      Cost and Registration: This is a free clinic. Registration RSVP to 303-734-8744 by 9 p.m. the Sunday before the clinic.
    • Individual Breastfeeding Support
      Individual consults are available for $60, by appointment only. Our certified lactation consultants are available to support you seven days a week, either by phone or by outpatient visit; call 303-734-8744 for more information.

    Getting it Right After Delivery: Five Hospital Practices That Support Breastfeeding 
    -Marianne Neifert, MD, FAAP
    A recent Colorado survey data has identified these five specific hospital maternity practices that significantly increase breastfeeding durations among mothers of healthy infants.

    • Infants to breastfeed within one hour of birth. Infants to be held skin to skin during this hour.
    • Infants stay in the same room as their mother.
    • Infants are fed only breast milk and receive no supplements.
    • No pacifier is used.
    • Staff gives mothers a telephone number to call for help with breastfeeding.

  • Marijuana and Milk Marijuana and Milk

    The research on the effects of marijuana while breastfeeding is limited, but it is known that traces of THC — the chemical in marijuana that causes you to feel high — can be found in urine of babies whose mothers use marijuana. The American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists currently advise breastfeeding moms NOT to use marijuana. Also, they warn that “pumping and dumping” — a common practice when a woman imbibes in alcohol then throws out her breastmilk for the next 12 to 24 hours — does not work with marijuana because the THC is stored in fat and stays in the system for a much longer time. To learn more, download this fact sheet from the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment.

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