At Mountain States Health Alliance, we encourage and support breastfeeding. Our team of physicians, staff nurses, certified lactation counselors and consultants will help you and your baby get off to a good start. 

Benefits of Breastfeeding

  • Saves time
  • Saves money
  • Builds mom's self-confidence
  • Allows baby to reach his/her full IQ potential
  • Helps mom rest and relax
  • Helps mom get her body back
  • Gives moms a free hand
  • Is environmentally friendly
  • Breastfed babies and their mothers are healthier throughout life
  • Breastfed babies have better dental health 

Breastfeeding Education

Each Family Birth Center at Mountain States Health Alliance offers breastfeeding prenatal classes. The Breastfeeding Basics class will help you understand the process of lactation and will give you the education and empowerment you need to meet your breastfeeding goals. Each of our classes is taught by certified lactation consultants.

Call Us

We are only a phone call away for when a friendly word of support can make all the difference. Call us at 1-800-888-5551.

Support for Employed Mothers

Are you a working mom? You are not alone! More than half of today's mothers return to work while their babies are small. In the prenatal breastfeeding class, information and discussion are provided to ensure a smoother transition back to work. Special concerns
of the employed mother include day care options, household organization and expression/storage of mother's milk. Full and partial breastfeeding options are discussed.

Breast pumps are demonstrated with discussion of the advantages of each. Information on obtaining pumps will be offered at your request.

When and how often should I feed my baby?

Anytime the baby shows signs of hunger (sucking on hands, licking lips, rooting) the mother should attempt to breast-feed. Some newborns breast-feed more frequently than others, and some newborns feed several times in a row, also known as "cluster feeding." This is very normal breast-feeding behavior.

How long should I breast feed?

Breast-feed as long as the baby desires. The feeding is over when the baby no longer actively breast-feeds even when stimulating or tickling the baby. To detach the baby, place a clean finger into the corner of the baby's mouth to break the suction. Please remember to be patient with breastfeeding progress - it will become easier with continued patience and time.