Watertown Regional Medical Center encourages breastfeeding for all new mothers. We offer a variety of services to offer support to each and every new mom and baby. You don’t have to deliver at WRMC to take advantage of these services! A Certified Lactation Specialist is available before and after your baby is born.
The Benefits of Breastfeeding
Breast milk is best for babies. Not only does it provide nutrition for your baby, but it is packed with disease fighting substances that protect your baby from illness. Studies have shown that stomach viruses, respiratory illnesses and ear infections occur less often or are less severe when baby is breastfed. In addition to fighting disease, studies have shown that breastfeeding can also lower the risk of childhood obesity, diabetes, asthma, allergies and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.
Breastfeeding has benefits for mom too. Research shows that it reduces the risk of breast and ovarian cancer as well as heart disease and Type 2 Diabetes. It is also a great way to bond with your newborn.
- Visits throughout your hospital stay and after your baby is born
- Scheduled appointments for questions and help with techniques
- 24-hour telephone breastfeeding assistance (Call 920.262.4267)
- Breastfeeding classes
- Breastfeeding support group
- Breastfeeding supplies and rental equipment
Watertown Regional Medical Center has been designated as a 'Baby-Friendly' hospital after a rigorous review process conducted by Baby-Friendly USA. This distinguished honor demonstrates that WRMC is adhering to the highest standards of care for breastfeeding mothers and their babies. These standards are built on the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding.
Upon achieving this designation, WRMC became one of the 595 Baby-Friendly hospitals and birth centers in the United States and one of only 12 in the state of Wisconsin.
- 10 Steps to Successful Breastfeeding
- Diez pasos para amamantar exitosamente
- Breastfeeding Support Group
- Healthy Lactation Cookies
- Expressing By Hand
- Getting Enough to Eat