Breastfeeding

Young woman breastfeeds a newborn baby while she sits smiling.

Your baby has a lot to gain from breastfeeding, and that starts with optimal nutrition. The rewards also include important antibodies that reduce your child’s rate or risk of infection and other diseases like sudden infant death syndrome, or SIDS, diarrhea, respiratory tract infections, Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, and childhood leukemia, among others.

However, breastfeeding builds a two-way street of benefits. There are several that extend back to the mother, notably reduced rates of ovarian and breast cancer, osteoporosis, Type 2 diabetes, cardiac problems and hypertension.

Our UF Health breastfeeding experts, health care providers and breastfeeding support groups will do everything possible to make sure you and your baby enjoy these advantages.

Why choose us?

Young smiling woman breastfeeds a newborn baby.We are honored to hold national distinction for our breastfeeding support services. UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital was awarded the Baby-Friendly designation by Baby-Friendly USA, a global initiative of the World Health Organization and UNICEF that recognizes birthing facilities that implement policies known to improve breastfeeding outcomes for infants and mothers, known as the 10 Steps to Successful Breastfeeding.

UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital is the only academic health facility in the state of Florida and the only one in North Central Florida that successfully implemented all of the required standards for this designation.

From step 1, having a written breastfeeding policy that is routinely communicated to all health care and staff, to step 10, which is specific to outpatient support for breastfeeding mothers for any problems that may occur, our highly skilled team takes pride in offering top-notch care. Furthermore, our practices have prioritized the unique needs of breastfeeding families so that services can be offered in the medical home and also as outreach to families who see other providers.

Our services

We assess, treat and offer advice for several conditions:

  • Sore nipples
  • Low milk supply
  • Oversupply and overactive letdown
  • Mastitis
  • Yeast infections
  • Maternal chronic and acute illness
  • Breastfeeding positions
  • Breastfeeding complications

We also assess and treat infant problems, such as:

Locations and providers

All of our UF Health Pediatrics practices offer breastfeeding support. Please call one of the following locations to make an appointment:

Resources

The following organizations are good resources for information on breastfeeding and breastfeeding problems: 

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La Leche League International

The mission of La Leche League is to help mothers worldwide to breastfeed through mother-to-mother support, encouragement, information, and education, and to promote a better understanding of breastfeeding as an important element in the healthy development of the baby and mother.

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International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners
  

The International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) credential identifies a knowledgeable and experienced member of the maternal-child health team who has specialized skills in breastfeeding management and care. The International Board Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE) certification program offers the only credential in lactation consulting and is available globally. 

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KellyMom

Provides evidence-based information on breastfeeding, sleep and parenting from an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant.

Other resources