Breastfeeding and Lactation Support
Hackensack Meridian Children’s Health supports the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative. Developed by UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO), the program fosters a culture of support for breastfeeding mothers in hospitals. Our mission is to promote, support and protect the breastfeeding relationship between mother and baby.
A lactation consultant can help if:
You are worried about how your infant is eating.
You have sore nipples or breast pain.
Your pediatrician is concerned about your infant’s feeding or weight.
Your baby does not seem satisfied after most feedings.
You want to breastfeed and you are using formula for feedings.
You have questions about pumping.
You need help with a return to work plan.
You need help or support.
Outpatient breastfeeding services:
General assessment of mother and baby for breastfeeding management
Evaluation of breast milk intake during feeding
Feeding strategies to support successful lactation
Assistance with establishing good milk supply
Assistance with breastfeeding premature babies or multiple births
Managing sore nipples and other sources of breast discomfort during feedings
Evaluation of low/slow weight gain in baby
Preparation for return to work – pumping management
Re-establishing milk supply/breastfeeding after interruption
Treatment of engorgement, plugged duct, thrush or mastitis
Center for Breastfeeding
*Office and telehealth visits are offered
Joseph M. Sanzari Children's Hospital at Hackensack University Medical Center
30 Prospect Ave, Hackensack, NJ 07601
Hospital Support and Contact Information
For non-urgent issues, call our lactation numbers below to speak with an international board- certified lactation consultant. For urgent concerns that require immediate attention, please contact your pediatrician.
New Parent & Breastfeeding Classes
Across our network, we offer prenatal, childbirth, breastfeeding, and baby care classes. Check-out our virtual and/or in-person classes, led by board-certified educators. View All Classes
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Breastfeeding Frequently Asked Questions
Put your infant skin to skin on your chest and look for signs of hunger:
- Opening the mouth
- Licking lips
- Putting hands to the face
- Your newborn baby is breastfeeding 8-12 times every 24 hours.
- By Day 4, your baby has at least 3-4 yellow seedy stools every 24 hours.
- Number of wet diapers increases every day.
- Day 2, look for 2 wet diapers every 24 hours.
- Days 3-4, look for 3 or more wet diapers every 24 hours.
- By Day 5, wet diapers should be more frequent, usually 6 or more every 24 hours.
- You can hear or see your baby swallowing/gulping during breastfeeding.
- You do not feel nipple pain after initial latch on.
- Your baby is receiving only breast milk.
Ask your doctor, nurse, or lactation consultant if you are holding your baby correctly. Also, try:
- Breastfeeding on the side that is less sore.
- Tucking your baby under your arm like a football with your arm cradling the head. This position puts the baby’s lips in a different place on your breast.
- Letting expressed milk dry on your nipples between feedings.